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Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassandra Dalí.

Hi Cassandra, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
For my 15th birthday, my parents asked if I wanted a Quinceñera or money. I went straight for the money as I had been wanting an electric guitar… Growing up, I had a rebellious streak that, combined with a very strict father, –led to me always being grounded. In my room with nothing else to do, I taught myself to play by ear. I’ve loved singing for as long as I can remember and getting a guitar only added to my passion for music. I spent all my free time learning different instruments. I gained confidence in my singing and started sharing content on the internet. That exposure led to projects and opportunities with artists and creatives I’ve collaborated with.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being an independent artist can be tough. You have to be your own everything. It’s all a part of the journey; I’m very grateful for the friendships/connections I’ve been making along the way and I am excited for what’s to come.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a vocalist with an affinity for music and fashion of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

My first live performance was so special and one of my favorite musical memories. I was on the same stage where Ritchie Valens played his first show at the VFW in San Fernando. The audience was filled with his family, fans and even some original cast members from La Bamba! As a first-generation Chicana who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Ritchie’s story is one that I feel connected to and has inspired me.

It was truly an honor to perform for them.

I recently put out a funk / lover’s rock take of “Yes, you thrill me” by Les Femmes on vinyl (45 rpm) prod. by Diamond Ortiz with Funk Freaks Records. You can download or stream on all music platforms.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Spending so much time quarantined has actually reminded me of my teenage years, but being grounded is what has helped me to be grounded in Self and is what sparked my creativity in the first place. You have to fill up your own cup before you can pour out for others and that’s something I needed reminding of.

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