Spring is here. Enjoy our new podcast!
Deejaying @ The Shelter, Cluj
LogOut with Bogdan Serban
Funk Rock Colectiv
Hey Cluj! We’re on our way to you
Ne vedem sambata (8martie) la COLECTIV
3 Many Blurry DJs
ENERGIEA was awesome!!!
EDEN DJ SET
IASI City was AWESOME
VOTE FOR US at Burn Residency
Tobe spuse prea usor
See you in IASI tonite (1feb.2014)
Primul gig pe 2014
CD CD CD
This is what David McCarthy wrote about us in DJ Mag
Our latest set from Ministry is now on youtube.
This dark clubber is putting us in the right light
CHRISTMAS GIFT: GETAWAY HEART FREE DOWNLOAD
Ministry Of Sound – Boxing Day
Because it’s winter
Lightbox? Make sure you play this one from the beginning.
Got airplayed on BBC. Listen to this!
Getaway Heart EP is here.
Some Campari and good vibes
Main support for Crazy P
Thanks to everyone who came down at the EGG last night!
She got re-released by Substream Records and Håkan Ludvigson.
Amazing French electronica artist Astrobal delivers a wicked electro-pop take, Ben Royal, a groovy house version and and our favourite electro house producer U4Ya and DiscoCodeViolation a heavy-weight club remix to the pack.
Ministry Of Sound sounds like this
That’s both of us painted with oil medium on primed canvas.
50×50 – By FOTA
3 DAYS TO GO
Already getting fancy for the WEEKEND
“Getaway Heart” [The Making Of]
Ready to see us at MINISTRY OF SOUND?
DJ SNEAK / RAMON TAPIA / TRIPMASTAZ and more:
Hot Casandra [DJ Set] @Pacha Opening Party (London) 23.09.2013
We are proud to play at Pacha, London on the 21 of september.
Warming up in the New Glass Room, just before Kenny DOPE and MAAYAN NIDAM. See you there at 11PM!
That’s Paul on skateboard cca ~ 2007
«LA ROUMANIE N’EST PAS UN PAYS ROCK’N ROLL»
Hot Casandra a un son honnête. Nous ne cherchons pas à ressembler à quelqu’un. Si nous le faisons, c’est une pure coïncidence, un ver subconscient qui traverse notre tête ».
D’un côté, Paul, fondateur du groupe, de l’autre, Elena, arrivée dans le projet quelques temps après le commencement de l’aventure. Deux visages pour un projet. Deux cerveaux pour une musique. Deux caractères pour deux fois plus de force. Le duo blondinet, avec l’élégance comme devanture, commence tranquillement à se faire un nom. Lancée en 2010, l’histoire rentre progressivement dans le vif du sujet. La Pologne, la Roumanie pour le retour aux sources – tous deux originaires de Bucarest -, Londres, où ils ont posé leurs bagages, les kilomètres s’enchaînent à une vitesse de Premier ministre. L’envie les pousse, sans que le melon ne s’invite à la table: Nous voulons jouer pour être entendus le plus possible, peu importe que ce soit dans des festivals, des petites salles, des clubs ou pour des radios. Nous voulons être partout.
Derrière ses chansons d’amour, le duo part dans une vadrouille musicale à travers le monde. Rester dans son coin, dans son patelin natal, ce n’est pas le genre de la maison. Certaines personnes disent qu’il faut se construire une base de fans à l’échelle locale avant de développer. Ce n’est pas notre manière de penser. La Roumanie n’est pas un pays Rock’n roll. Si vous jouez cette musique là-bas, que devez-vous faire ? Changer de style ou aller ailleurs.
On comprend mieux cette exil musical à l’autre bout de l’Europe. Au pays des Sex Pistols, des Clash et de Joy Division, même si Hot Casandra reste éloigné de ces horizons artistiques. Sa musique est plutôt le résultat d’un grand panel d’influences et s’inspire, comme beaucoup de groupes, des choses qui nous arrivent dans la vie de tous les jours , notamment dans leur pays d’origine. Face au microphone, Paul lance des pensées à la chaîne, sans calculer, comme un chevalier au combat, avant de mettre au propre une bataille historique, nette et sans bavure. Sans victime surtout.
De l’extérieur, notre musique comprend des teintes mélancoliques. Mais d’autres voient un moment de détente . Influencé par Simian Mobile Disco, Ladytron et Boy Eats Drum Machine, entre autres, le duo cherche à reproduire une atmosphère de transe, en studio comme sur scène. Pour ça, il faudra un visuel adapté. Et croyez-nous, de ce côté-là, Hot Casandra a des idées plein la tête.
July found us working. On this remix. Someone said it gives the original track an airy and more synth-infused ambience to create that soft dance feeling to become easily lost in.
You tell us what you think of that.
Open’Er was amazing. See you again soon, Poland!
VIATA DINCOLO DE GRANITE CU HOT CASANDRA | INTERVIU
by Mihai Tiță, 26.06.2013
Paul Ballo cântă de mulţi ani. A trecut prin trupe ca The Amsterdams sau Go To Berlin, dar de câţiva ani încoace, alături de Elena Vasilache, trăieşte pentru proiectul Hot Casandra, cu care s-a şi mutat la Londra de vreun an. Am stat puţin de vorbă cu el, ca să vedem cum îi (mai) merge…
Ei, cum e?
Băi, e bine… Viaţa aici e destul de palpabilă, de reală, ca să zic aşa, chiar dacă, uneori, te ia valul şi nu mai ştii care, cum, unde şi când. Bagi „codul“ şi treci la nivelul următor.
Acum n-ar fi cazul să scrieţi şi voi Hot Cassandra cu doi „s“…?
Ba da. Când o să se scrie şi Miike Snow corect. (Râde)
Cam câţi bani îţi trebuie ca să trăieşti o zi în Londra?
Depinde ce vrei să faci, nu? Spre exemplu, acum mă caut de 30 de lire ca să-mi decodez telefonul. Dacă stau să mă gândesc bine la cheltuieli, nouă nu ni se pare chiar atât de scump pe cât se spune. Am găsit o casă foarte în regulă, aproape de centru, la preţ de Berlin. (Râde)
Aţi avut ceva concerte. Povesteşte-ne…
Da, am avut peste zece concerte pân’ acum, în locaţii diverse, care mai de care mai şuie. Feedback-ul e pozitiv, lumea ne primeşte călduros şi li se pare foarte exotică apariţia noastră… Asta am vrut să facem, pentru asta am venit aici. Pentru noi e cum trebuie! Sună telefonul şi asta nu poate decât să ne bucure. Suntem plăcuţi, ceruţi şi simţim că, de la un concert la altul, facem nişte paşi imenşi. Înainte.
În luna iulie veţi avea două concerte şi în Bucureşti… Ţi-e dor de casă?
Mi-e dor de prieteni, familie şi de sarmale. De casă, propriu-zis, nu neapărat. Sunt mulţi câini vagabonzi prin jur şi obişnuiau să mă trezească din somn.
N-am să te întreb despre „diferenţe“… Mai degrabă, spune-mi ce-ai învăţat acolo, până acum.
În primul rând, am învăţat să fac mâncare… Ah, şi expresii noi în limba engleză. Cât despre muzică, totul e să-ţi creezi un „network“. Să-ţi faci intrarea, cum se zice, să înţelegi că eşti într-un „bussiness“ cu doi „s“ şi mulţi şerpi. Mi-am dat seama că indiferent de loc, fie el Londra, Tokyo sau Baia Mare, treaba tot pe prietenie merge cel mai bine. Diferenţa e că, aici, nu asta e tot ceea ce contează. Ei te simt dacă ai potenţial să poţi merge la drumul mare şi atunci nu investesc orbeşte. Diferenţele, fiindcă ai adus vorba despre ele, sunt multe, cu avantaje şi dezavantaje. Ceea ce e clar, însă, e că plecarea asta ne-a făcut mult bine. Iar Londra, în ciuda aparenţelor, nu-i chiar pentru toată lumea. Welcome to the jungle, baby!
Şi ce urmează?
Câteva concerte, un album nou, un videoclip şi multă răbdare…
EARLY NIGHTMARES EP RELEASE 1st of July 2013 on iTunes, Beatport, Spotify and many more
They misspelled our name again but at least we’re on the bill.
The Guardian likes us, baby!
Proud Camden, London [12JULY2013]
Look at that, isn’t that cute? Really now, we’re playing at OPEN’ER this year!
Paul and Elena make up the synth-pop/electro duo called Hot Casandra. Hailing from Bucharest, Romania, Paul started drumming in bands like Go To Berlin and The Amsterdams until he turned his ear towards producing his own sounds. Once he had his first release in 2011 under Hot Casandra, Bucarest gave him praise, offering him radio and TV appearances for his new and unique sound. Elena met up with him in 2012 to add some beautiful vocals and style to the group, and the two haven’t looked back since. Now these cats are living it up in London and spreading their wings and sounds to a new part of the globe. Check out their mesmerizing synth sounds and read the artist interview from Hot Casandra to see what’s the next big thing in London.
For those who haven’t heard of Hot Casandra yet, how would you describe your sounds?
Well, it’s funny cos’ we didn’t know what to expect from people when we first put out a Hot Casandra record. Then everyone said it’s very ’80 revival kind of stuff so the best description so far would be: Synths gargle and burble away under rhythm boxing and associated percussion with anthemic vocals that are pretty 80s, New York dance 80s, like Talk Talk for instance. It also has commercially poppy stuff like The Beloved, and a bit of Ultramarine or Orbital, with its Italian House piano parts, wobbly dubstep passages, and some operatic female singing. We’re having a crack at something refreshingly different for sure.
Where did you guys live before having your home-base in London?
How long have each of you been making music for?
Elena: Well, it’s been a long way! I started when i was 14 years old in a Romanian pop band, touring all over the country and having a few number 1 hits. Then i was leaving the band for acting, as i graduated University of Theatre from Bucharest where i kind of improved my staging skills. And also i started to perform in a jazzy band. And then i met Paul, and i loved his music!
Paul: I started when i was 8 or so. I was in a choir called Minisong. This choir was conducted by my mother, Bianca Ionescu who is a huge soprano singer in Romania. Of course, I learned my first steps from her. I had to take a break for a while and focus on the studies and all that. I wasn’t really sure if I was really into music at the time. But it was meant to be because last year when I was putting the Early Nightmares EP out, i collaborated with my mother, and Hold Me Tight turned out to be a nice melancholic tune.
How did you pick your song selection for your recent Vibecast Sessions?
David Guetta told us what to play.
Who came up with the concept of your music video Hold Me Tight?
Tudor Petremarin. Very nice guy. Work with him while he’s still cheap!
Who did you listen to growing up? Any artists that you look up to?
Elena: When i was little i started with some cheesy 90′s music, and then my father used to bring home a lot of audio tapes with good music. Years later i discovered some classic stuff, then rock, electronic and jazz. I think one day David Lynch will invite me to sing one of his songs!
Paul: Mike and The Mechanics, Genesis, Atomic Rooster, Marvin Gaye, Culture Club, Tasmin Archer, Depeche Mode. Loads of stuff. And of course, I love David Lynch as a musician too.
What’s next for Hot Casandra?
First, we’re performing some festivals in Europe over the summer so we’re really happy about that. We just signed with a label from Sweden called Substream so we have to put out our first LP with them this fall. After that, who knows? We hope to tour the U.S.
Vibecast Sessions Podcast
3.30AM at Roadtrip & Workshop, London [18.05.2013]
LIVE@Mother, London [05.04.2013]
LIVE@Roadtrip & Workshop, London [18.05.2013]
LIVE@Mother, London [05.04.2013]
Live @ARCH635, London [Thu7March]
Television Show: La Mustata @TVR
We’re on the big screen, baby!
LIVE@Baia Turceasca, Iasi [20April2012]
The Mission Podcast @ Dance FM 89,5 (30.08.2011)
Early Nightmares EP Launch [5nov.2011]
Warming up for Fujiya & Miyagi
Meet LARISSA: shooting our first video
Welcome to our official website!
Introducing the Romanian duo, Paul Ballo and Elena Vasilache who are HOT CASANDRA.
Now London based, Hot Casandra have been producing synth driven music that has an underground electro sound, as well as 80’s synth pop since 2010.
The Bucharest born singer, songwriter and producer, Paul Ballo was a former drummer for bands Go To Berlin, The Amsterdams and Kumm. Following tours with these bands, Paul turned his skills to producing his own sound and created Hot Casandra.
Following their debut single release of ‘Larissa’ in 2011 and their ‘Early Nightmares’ EP, Hot Casandra were catapulted into instant success in Romania with TV and Radio appearances, magazine articles such as FHM and various live performances at festivals and clubs in the Eastern Block.
Elena graduated from Bucharest University of Acting in 2011 and has appeared in various TV shows, commercials, Television series and movies in Romania.
She was soon approached by Paul who instantly recognized the amazing voice that Elena now brings to Hot Casandra. The first single produced together was ‘Julia’ and was released July 2012.
Influences include Simian Mobile Disco, Ladytron, Boy Eats Drum Machine, Air, Turboweekend, Francis Harris, Veto, Misstress Barbara, to name but a few.