Getting to Know Casely, Miami’s Next Star
Casey is a Miami-born artist who is set to take the music industry by storm very soon. the rising artist is very talented in his art of innovative music production, especially when it comes to creating bangers that have reggaeton and electronic influences. On April 29, Casely released the music video for her latest single, “Tráfico”. “Tráfico” teamed up with Casely Geraldine Sarmientoa popular dancer and YouTuber.
The track already has beats that provide great vibes, especially beats that complement Casely’s smooth vocals running through the melodies. In this music video, Casely is an attendant who works at a car wash owned by the character played by Geraldine Sarmiento herself. While lending his fantastic voice, he also showed that he also has great acting skills when playing a character who is very much in love with his romantic interest. Here’s One EDM’s exclusive interview with Casely as he discussed his career so far, his musical influences, where he’d like to perform, and his brief recap on “Tráfico.”
Kenny Ngo: Hello Casely, how has the first four months of 2022 treated you?
Casely: I can’t believe it’s four months into the year already! It passes and I know a lot of people feel the same way. Where is the time going? These four months have been productive for me, but not without difficulties. The hardest part these days is finding the time to cover all the ground I need to cover and execute the different aspects of my musical goals.
For anyone reading this article who doesn’t know who you are, what is your music career story?
I am a musical theater kid who has loved singing on stage since I was 6 years old. I started writing and recording songs in high school at 14 and got my first major contract with Sony/Epic at 22. Before that, I had been classically trained in piano for about 6 years and ended up going to school at Berklee College of Music where I got my bachelor’s degree (music production/engineering) and my master’s degree (Music Biz ). My love for music has never wavered and although I’m independent now, I’m still working to release new material as much as possible.
You have collaborated with DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Flo Rida and Lil Jon. What are the things you most enjoyed learning from these superstars?
I learned the most from Pitbull. I find him most inspiring looking at the trajectory of his career. When the industry all but pushed him aside, he carried on and never gave up on himself. It was then that he enjoyed great mainstream success. It’s a great reminder for me to keep “aiming for the stars because if you fall, at least you fall on top of the world.” I like this.
On your last track, “Tráfico”. It will be released on your latest album, king of the south (which will be released in July). What kind of mood does the track bring out?
The track digs into Dem Bow from my musical point of view. I like the energy of the dembow and the Latin culture. With Tráfico, I wanted to tap into my Panamanian roots and explore my musical heritage and connect with that energy.
The track has a lot of Caribbean influence, especially through the vocal rhythms. How did you come to create this unique piece?
Well. I am not joking. I was sitting in traffic on the way to the Aventura mall in Miami listening to an audiobook and the idea of the repeated hook “tráfico, tráfico, tráfico, tra, tra” hit me. As soon as I got home, I started working on the music and I put a tempo that I thought was good, then I started writing the verses.
Regarding your next album, king of the southwhat will everyone expect from this album?
On this album, I want to continue where the mutt left out and dig deeper into my cultures and roots and serve them on a Casely platter.
In the meantime, will everyone expect new music to come from you soon while anticipating this album?
Absolutely can’t wait to release another single “Light It Up” with Trinidadian producers System 32.
Where are you going to perform next?
After doing Sofar Sounds, I really fell in love with intimate venues. I’m working with an organization in Miami “Musicasa” to start doing pop-ups in different houses. It’s exciting! Plus, I’m also looking forward to playing bigger festivals.
Do you have any wishes on the music festivals in which you would like to perform in the future?
Coachella, Rolling Loud, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza to name a few!
Since you’re from Miami, what nightclubs and/or entertainment venues would you recommend readers check out if they were to visit the city one day?
Don’t miss Wynwood, Brickell and the Design District, they’re constantly popping up new art spots!