What's your band/artist name? Can you tell us a little bit about you and your career/projects so far?
My artist name is Caxxianne, born Cassianne Lawrence, in Kingston Jamaica, growing up in the Cayman Islands. I’m an Alternative Femme Rapper and a multifaceted, multidimensional, multidisciplinary artist. I always want my music to reflect all those sides of me. I’ve always written music and poetry, but started to release songs in 2018. Sometimes I perform with a DJ others with my band - at all times the stage is set ablaze though. My love for music has taken a life of its own as my passion for the craft grows. I’ve relased one album, five EPs, a few singles and collaborations thus far and I put my heart and soul into every single one of these pieces of work. My music ranges from political, talking about racism to shaking asses on a pole - both of these sides of the medal are relevant in their own way.
How did you get into music and what were/are your influences?
Music has always been a part of my life. My uncles and my mom had the musical stylings of the greats blasting through our home every day, especially on Sundays after church. Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Capleton - legends! So my music taste really comes from them and is also multi-layered like me. When I started to officially make and release music, it brought me back to those good old days of what I loved to hear and I thought "how can I take this and turn it into my own music that other people would love to hear?”. My music is influenced by everyone and no one all at the same time. I love listening to all kinds of music, so there are bits and pieces and elements of every genre, from various artists, that reach my ears in my music.
Which partners or artists have inspired/accompanied you on your path and how?
I am inspired by all things around me. Your music or you as a person can inspire me if you make me feel something deep down, doesn't have to be music can be art, a script, poetry - heck even a financial document - as long as you’re passionate and it makes me feel something in my gut something that sparks an emotion good or bad. I tell the people who’ve inspired me, so they know.
What has been the most formative experience in your career so far?
Living and being in Berlin has truly shaped who I am today. I was able to explore and truly delve into who I am as an individual and the city allowed me to express myself fully. It was beautiful and crazy at the same time because being there also assured me that Berlin wasn't/isn't my place in this world and I think that's a nice thing. It's like Berlin was my partner who served their pupose in my life helping me to find myself. It kind of gave birth to our baby which is my craft, my music, and raising that baby eventually felt like "ok, we aren't right for each other any more". This led me to take this baby and move on to find a place that is more fulfilling for us, that will nurture us in a way that we need (lol). I have a new partner now and that's London, a partner that will treat me right and do all the things that I need and desire. This love story is to be continued…
Can you tell us about highs and lows of your music career so far and what you've learnt from it?
The High of my music career is an ongoing thing and that’s performing, which for me is an absolute blessing, a breath of fresh air. It is the thing that sparks a dormant fire inside me. When I perform, that fire ignites and there's a whole new person on stage. Lows are definitely not being paid according to my worth and not being seen as worthy, constantly having to prove myself as an artist. I have learnt that no one will care until you spark something inside of them, that makes them feel like they are a part of something bigger. Although it is a tough thing to deal with, I am okay with being the generator to hopefully light that spark.
How did you hear about MusicHub and why did you choose our platform to distribute your music?
MusicHub and I started our journey together at one of my peak career moments - when I won the Jury prize at the Listen to Berlin awards in 2021. I was given the opportunity to partner with MusicHub on a biography video/short film about me as an artist. I eventually started to use the platform and have not looked elsewhere ever since. I am so happy with the way the platform works and how easy it is for me as an artist to distribute my music through them. Also, the customer service is impeccable and for me this is the most important aspect. Things can go awry, that's life, but if there aren't understanding, helpful humans to assist you in those situations, then it won't be worth it.
What goals do you still want to achieve? What are your plans for the future?
My short term goal is to finish the AZÉ (A Zodiac Éxperience) project that I have been working on for almost two years now. This is a project based around astrology and the zodiac signs. Another short term goal is to go on tour and do more headline shows. Long term goal is to retire with the crown.