The Source | DJ Cassidy talks about the return of live music and the future of the DJ experience


It’s no secret that the past few years have changed the entertainment industry. While new technologies have revolutionized the way creators share their content and users consume it, many fans still yearn for the live music experience. DJ Cassidy found a way to merge the best of both worlds, creating intimacy with some of the biggest hip-hop artists in the world. He sat down with The Source to talk about his upcoming “Pass the Mic” live experience at the upcoming Pegasus World Cup in Miami on Jan. 29, as well as what he hopes the DJ’s future role will be. in a Web 3.0 culture.

The pandemic has put a pause on life as we know it, especially in the entertainment industry and some pundits have called it a “reset opportunity”. While Cassidy pointed out that technology has changed the DJ experience logistically, socially, and culturally, he also notes that some elements should remain the same.

“I think the number one aspect of DJ-related performance that’s likely to change post-pandemic is the interactivity between the performer and the other artists as well as the interactivity between the performer and the audience,” says- he. “On my own behalf, creating the ‘Pass the Mic’ series in my living room has allowed me to invent new ways to interact with artists and interact with my audience. At first, of course, these new methods were exhibited in what became my television show and now, of course, I translate these new methods on stage. The series allowed me to create a way to showcase everyone’s favorite songs in a new way, showcase everyone’s favorite artists in a new way, and connect those artists and songs to audiences in a new way. .

Cassidy has managed to create a group cohesion, not only with the artists he has on stage, but also with his fans and although Cassidy notes that it is difficult to articulate exactly what this new way is, he points out that he’s been trying for the past year and a half to really investigate what he thinks makes it so special: the intimacy of the whole experience.

“The songs and artists connect to the viewer in ‘Pass the Mic’ through a very personal light. Ultimately, I’m just a fan like the viewer, so my reactions to the artists are similar to what I imagine being the reactions of the audience. I’m in awe of all the artists. They’re my idols. They’re my heroes. They’re my all-time favorite singers and rappers,” he notes. “As I begin to be translated into a live phase, I want to do everything in my power to keep the personal nature of these experiences between me and the artists, because if these personal interactions are maintained, the audience will feel it too.”

He also points out that the “Pass the Mic” live experience will be unlike any other DJ experience of the past.

“As with all of my ‘Pass the Mic’ TV specials, I’m even more tight-lipped about the details of past ‘Pass the Mic’ live, but what I can say for certain is that there will always be the element of interactivity, there will always be the element of surprise, and there will always be the element of intimacy. I always say that despite the personal nature of the “Pass the Mic” series on digital and television, the spectacle is always simultaneously larger than life. It’s an interesting dichotomy if you think about it: how can something so personal and intimate be so grand and over the top? I always examine what, what I think makes the show so special and what I think makes it so unique. I think that’s a major component. Realizing that and realizing that I’m part of what makes the show so special is an interesting contradiction I really strive to maintain this contradiction in the experience in d direct. I want it to be intimate and personal. I want audiences to connect with me and my guests in an intimate and personal way like they do with the TV series, but I want it to be grand and over the top and larger than life too.

While Cassidy remains tight-lipped on the details of his live performance this weekend, he’ll say Miami is just a precursor to what’s to come in 2022 as he takes “Pass the Mic” live on the road. .

“It will truly be a one-of-a-kind experience and I say that phrase with conviction even though I’m sure it’s overused. In this case it’s the truth and I couldn’t be more honored to have three of my all-time favorite hip-hop superstars on stage. It’s just an honor,” Cassidy says, humbly brushing aside any mention of himself as a cultural icon before continuing. “It’s the easiest way exciting to begin this next chapter. It really doesn’t get any more iconic than the three of them and together I’m very confident that we’re going to create something special.

DJ Cassidy will host his first live ‘Pass the Mic’ alongside Ja Rule, Lil Kim, Maseand more at the Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, January 29. More information can be found at


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