The Kollection team trusts Cassie Marin’s style so much that we asked her to interview herself.
What’s your least favorite interview question?
Oooo this is a tough one… I don’t know if I have one, but the first thing that comes to mind is when someone asks me to describe my music. I always want to play a song of mine and ask the other person to describe it to me instead. It feels as if I’ve listened to my music for too long to have an unbiased perspective, so most of the time I just pick the first three adjectives that pop out at me instinctually.
How would you compare your life growing up in Florida to your life in Los Angeles?
Personally, I think Los Angeles is different from anywhere else in the U.S. but this is also coming from someone who hasn’t visited all 50 states, oops! There’s something about California that just tells you “yes, you can do this!” even if it’s a task as small as getting out of bed. Maybe it’s the way the sun shines or the constant movement and creating but Los Angeles has a sense of mysterious comfort I’ve never been able to find anywhere else.
Growing up in Florida wasn’t bad. I lived in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, focussing mostly on competitive dance and music at the time. They are both beautiful places to be, but one reminds me more of the past and the other of the future.
Did you have any nickname growing up?
Yeah! My full name is Casandra, so “Cassie” is sort of a nickname in itself, but aside from that, I had: Cass, C, Cassaroll, Lassie and Cassie-roo
What artists would you love to collaborate with one day?
Oh gosh, there’s so many… I’d have to start with my favorites: Kid Cudi, Jesse Rutherford, BONES, and Rihanna
You seem to read a lot, what was your favorite book series growing up?
I read “The Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket more times than I can count.
How long does it take you to write and complete a song?
This all depends on the process. It can vary from an hour to a 72 hours to a whole week! When I’m writing on guitar and something comes to me spontaneously, I tend not to overthink and just let the music take over me, that’s when it happens in a matter of minutes. If I try to control the process of bringing the song to life too much, I find it takes longer.
What’s your biggest pet peeve of all time?
Entitlement or when people steal from other people.
Do you think being homeschooled had any affect on your draw towards music?
Absolutely. I think I would have found my way here regardless, but the fact that I was homeschooled for 6+ years in the earlier stages of my childhood definitely helped make me as weird as I am! I still battle with social anxiety every day and I don’t know if it’ll ever go away completely, but there’s a sense of loneliness I’ve felt for years that has only flourished my adoration and gratitude for music. I don’t know if my sense of appreciation would be quite the same without the experience I had being homeschool for so long. Upon going to public school for the first time, I felt such alienation towards other kids (and adults) that still shapes the way I look at the world and attentively notice others around me, which ultimately influences my music greatly.
What’s your favorite color / Was that your favorite color as a kid too?
My favorite color as a kid was purple, sort of a lavendar / lilac to be exact, haha. It changed to yellow when I hit my teens and it’s still yellow.
What’s your least favorite thing about yourself?
My least favorite thing about myself is when I procrastinate out of anxiety or when I victimize myself in my thoughts. It can be so tricky to snap out of.
Sunflowers and Peonies.
What’s the biggest difference between being interviewed and interviewing yourself?
Being interviewed is always a surprise, I’m always curious to see what kinds of questions each writer comes up with, and what they’re interested to know. Interviewing myself for the first time was intimidating at first because I was faced with asking myself “What kind of questions do I actually want to answer right now?”. I enjoyed getting to explore both deep and shallow waters of my mind with interviewing myself. <3
STREAM CASSIE’S LATEST RELEASE, “GUILTY.”