From the inescapable riffs of “She Gets What She Wants” to the victory lap of “Huey Lewis and the Blues” the deceptively understated rhythm section and pristine mix by Vince Ratti (Brand New, The Wonder Years, The Menzingers) make every song shine as Cassettes turn the radio dial with each track. Their relentless hooks and youthful energy are backed by a live show to match and when they take a rare moment to breathe (“Love Songs On the Radio”, “Ruin Your Night”) Cassettes prove they do 11 as well as any other number on the amplifier.
Meet Matt DiStefano.
For every song, you record, how many end up in the bin?
We have a pretty solid track record with every song that has made it to the finish line and been recorded being released into the world. We are incredibly honest with each other during the writing process and are generally able to weed anything out that we all don’t believe in 110%. With our most recent album, we even re-worked a song from the ground up during the recording process because it was stylistically a little different from the rest.
Any ideas about how to turn this one into a million seller?
Does Taylor Swift want to take us out on tour? Does Apple want to make a download of our new album required with any new iPhone purchase? We’re game!
What’s the gig you will always remember? And why?
We recently played a sold-out record release show for our new album, Wild Heart, that I don’t think any of us will ever forget. Being surrounded by our friends and family and playing the album front-to-back in our hometown was a great feeling. The energy of the crowd really made the songs come alive. We were fined $100 for using confetti cannons but it was well worth it.
Is recording a record easier than getting it heard nowadays?
With the advances in technology recording, an album in the modern day has become easier and easier. You can record and mix an album on your phone! Even with technology, songwriting is the lynchpin of making something that stands out. Recording a GREAT album is still a challenge and we are glad we made the decision to work with Ace Enders & Nik Bruzzese at The Lumberyard Recording for this album. Technology has really leveled the playing field across the board so getting heard is somehow both easier and harder than its ever been. Getting your music out to the world can be done with a couple of clicks but making it stand out from the rest is the true challenge. Taking a creative, unorthodox approach to how you share your music is the key to reaching new listeners.
Which 5 records, that everybody forgot about, would define ‘our time’ on earth?
I don’t think anyone will ever forget any of the following albums but I think they do a pretty good job of defining our band.
The Cars – Self Titled
Jimmy Eat World – Futures
Journey – Escape
Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog
Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)
Matt DiStefano: Vocals/Guitar
Jim Fox: Guitar
Chris Hill: Keys/Vocals
Joe Robinson: Bass
Sean Ward: Drums