Following the release of his lead single 'Flip Mode' earlier in May, CASA X hits back with a hauntingly poetic and lyrically enthralling hip-hop track titled Lighting Fires, featuring vocals by RENNY SYMF.
Told through an introspective lens, 'Lighting Fires' is about the lows of a struggling artist. The track touches on themes such as fame and fortune, along with broken relationships and rehab.
Of the single CASA X says, "I want to give people an insight of what a struggling artist lives through. The highs and lows, the torment of success, and to consider what the price of fame is really worth".
After hearing the early production from Marvelouz Music , CASA X's intention was to depict a sense of anxiety that was running from his past, which was later developed into the music video.
In an incredibly cinematic representation of what 'Lighting Fires' is about, the accompanying music video is a story driven portrayal with primary meanings of transformation and change. CASA X says, "we used multiple symbolic transitions such as water to fire, industrial to nature, and disoriented to a clear state, in order to show the rebirth of an artist."
Hailing from Sydney, the versatile hip hop artist is steadily gaining a reputation for his lyrical excellence and humble storytelling. Within the upcoming album ' 100FACES ', 'Lighting Fires' unfolds as the emotional rollercoaster that CASA X displays along its journey, which is slated for release later this year.
Question: How would you describe your music?
CASA X: Conscious hip hop, something more than music that makes you think.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
CASA X: One of my latest singles called 'King' which features Melkior. Its tongue twisting lyrics always gets a reaction from the crowd.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
CASA X: NAS, being one of my favourite lyricists. I draw a lot of inspiration from his music.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
CASA X: I prefer the recording process. I love starting with a blank canvas and seeing my vocals transform throughout the mixing stages.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
CASA X: Other songs; other music that I find similar to my own style.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
CASA X: Dave East and Royce Da 5'9".
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
CASA X: I started rapping at a young age listening to Eminem when he was on the rise. Watching him dominate in a mostly African American culture made me believe this was possible.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
CASA X: Royce da 5'9". Would be crazy to work on a track together. Especially at this point in his career.
Question: Did you have any pre-conceived ideas about the music industry?
CASA X: It's a slow process. Blowing up over-night is unrealistic. Persistence is everything.
Question: What's a typical day like?
CASA X: I usually wake up super early for work as I still hold a casual job. Once I get home, I throw on a beat people have forwarded me throughout the day and just vibe out to it. Sometimes I even don't write, I'll just enjoy the music; other times I'll write a verse, depends how I'm feeling.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
CASA X: Having a creative outlet. Some people are creatives but never find their way to express it, I'm lucky I found music.
Question: Can you tell us 5 things required for a happy healthy and enjoyable life?
CASA X: Finding something you love doing and do it.
Find an outlet that keeps your mind right.
Keeping your mind balanced and in a positive state.
Build strong relationships with friends and family.
Stop watching stupid TV shows.
Question: Can you share your socials?
CASA X: Facebook
Interview by Brooke Hunter