10 Questions with ... Vassy
April 21, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
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1) Where did it all start for Vassy?
In Australia, a long time ago when I was kicked out of a school choir at seven and told I didn't have what it takes ... but anyway to cut a long story short I studied architecture I wasn't really allowed to do music as my family wasn't into it. Later, I got my father's blessing and I pursued it and my career took off in Australia and then I moved to the States and here I am now having a #1 on Beatport with Tiesto.
2) How do you go from putting out songs on your own label to putting out songs with David Guetta "Bad" and Tiesto "Secrets?"
These days, as an artist you have to be like an entrepreneur. You have to diversify your income revenues. I'm an artist, performer, songwriter, producer ... I think you can do both. I'm not signed exclusively to anyone, so it's kind of partnerships with each of the artists. The Tiesto single, "Secrets," is out on Tiesto's label, which is a fantastic label. I wouldn't have it any other way. "Bad" with David Guetta came out through his deal, so when I do my own projects where it makes sense, I release them through my label, Kiss My Vassy. "Hustlin" with Crystal Waters, which went #1 last year on Beatport, was on my label. So it's really whatever makes the most sense for the song and having the flexibility which is really cool.
3) Where did you come up with the idea to name your label Kiss My Vassy?
Of course you would ask that. My name is Vassy, which is short for my longer name. In my name it says ass, so people would make fun of my name because I am known for having a bit of junk in the trunk. One day some jokes were made about my a** and I said you know what, you can kiss my Vassy and everyone starting laughing and I was like, oh my god that's it, so it was a bit of an organic accident that I named my label Kiss My Vassy.
4) Isn't it a great way to show all those people who did not believe in you that you made it?
You're right; it is about making a statement in a fun way ... you thought I couldn't make it so here you go.
5) You recently performed with Tiesto for the first time ... what was that like?
He's such a cool guy, so friendly and down to earth. We're really excited about "Secrets." We performed it for the first time live at LIV in Miami during Miami Music Week.
6) Prior to the show at LIV, had you met Tiesto before?
No, it's so funny we had been go back and forth on e-mails, instant messenging and that, I could tell from the tone that he was a really cool guy. He's down to earth, awesome, I love his energy. He said it was great to finally meet me, putting the face to the voice was wonderful.
7) When you started doing this, did you ever think that you would be on songs with some of the most iconic producers and DJs in the world?
Yes! I mean I don't want to say no. Obviously that's the goal, but I didn't know it would be Tiesto and David Guetta. Some of the best in a league of their own. I am very honored; it's an exciting journey and there are a few other people on the wish list.
8) Who's on the wish list?
Calvin Harris, Alesso ... there are so many so I don't want to go down a list, but Calvin Harris, I've always been a fan of his work, but right now it's all about Tiesto.
9) You're originally from Australia, now living in L.A. If we driving down the highway in L.A. and you plug in your iPhone, what's the most-played song on it?
By far, "Gypsy Woman" by Crystal Waters. It is still, to this day, my favorite jam. Waters was in the video and we recently performed it at the IDMAs in Miami. Even though there are others songs that I love, I have heard that song a zillion times.
10) With all the traveling that you do, what's one must have travel item?
My pillow. I have this special neck pillow that gives support. Because you know even if you are in first class and it's comfortable, you're in the van, or a car getting dropped off somewhere and all of a sudden you're heading to an island somewhere ... that pillow and a few other things, but I have to have that to be comfortable.
For your fans in L.A. who want to go get some great food, what would be a restaurant they should go to?
In L.A. Gracias Madre. It is my favorite; the food is phenomenal it is all organic. The owner has a farm outside of L.A.