I haven’t really figured out who or what Kasino is yet, and maybe I never will. But my hope is to try keeping it as a place where I can be totally free creatively. That’s what started it all, and hopefully, that will influence my music.
We are launching Unlimited – a flexible pricing plan to suit every artist’s creative process. Unlimited allows you to release as many tracks as you want for a fixed price, from $4.99/month. We got the chance to talk more about creativity with Record Union artist Kasino.
What inspires you?
I can be inspired by so many things. It can be a weird sound from a cheap synth or a loud concert by a band/artist I’ve never heard of, or a lonely walk in a forest I’ve never been to. That’s one of the best feelings!
What do you find challenging about being an independent artist?
I have nothing to compare with, but what I found was most challenging was deciding when to release my music and determining every step in the process “business” wise. That is freedom, but I understand why people want other people to fix things around the music, so you 100% can focus on creating your art.
We know that the creative process can be a bit like a roller coaster. Can you describe your creative process?
I have like 300 answers to that question because every process seems to be different every time… The only thing I know is that sometimes things just come to me like a lyric thing or an excellent chord progression, and then I need to be quick to write or record it. But that doesn’t happen very often, so most often, I go from the studio empty-handed and hope for a better day tomorrow.
Do you have any tips and tricks when feeling stuck in your work? For example, have you ever had writer’s block, and if so, what did you do to get through it?
I’m in one now, so honestly, I’m the wrong person to ask. But people I know, including myself, get a lot of inspiration by changing the instrument from the one they’re used to writing with, to another that they’re not that familiar with. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked for me this time…I think I’ll just have to wait a bit longer. It seems like plenty of time, no stress, and a bit of quietness has worked for me so far. That’s where I am right now.
So, when you’re finally getting the creativity flowing, how do you know when a track is done? And how do you feel when you release it for others to listen?
I never feel that it’s done, and that’s my main problem. But I’m practicing to let go and not to be so dramatic about it. Releasing it for other people to hear is the scariest part. I wanna hide under a rock for at least a week after. I’m hoping it will be a little bit easier next time!
We know that you also write for other people. What’s the most significant difference between writing for yourself and for others?
The most significant difference for me is that I rarely include myself in other songs. I love to be a sounding board and a part of another person telling their story. But for me, it’s more about listening and getting the feel for what the person wants to convey with their music, and then trying to bring out the best in their song.
Last but not least, what’s your next step? Do you have any projects in the pipeline?
Like I said earlier, I’m in some sort of writer’s block right now but trying my best to write a full-length album. But when it is released, I don’t know. Hopefully, one or two songs this spring/summer, and maybe (fingers crossed) an album this autumn?