CAZWELL

CAZWELL

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Few new artists so completely embody the spirit of downtown NYC more completely than Cazwell. A leading figure in the renaissance of New York City nightlife that has taken ... read more
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Biography

Few new artists so completely Embody the spirit of downtown NYC more completely

than Cazwell. A leading figure in the renaissance of New York City nightlife that has

taken place over the last five years, Cazwell’s music—a ridiculously fun mix of electrified

dance music and old school hip hop—is the perfect example of the new spirit of pop

music.

Says Caz,

“When people ask me how to describe my style sometimes I say ‘Just imagine if

Biggie Smalls ate Donna Summer for Breakfast.’”

Having collaborated over the years with a who’s who of downtown New York—Amanda

Lapore, Larry Tee, Boy George, David Chapelle, The Ones, Chriss Joss, Peppermint,

GoodandEvil, Karl Giant and Lost Daze, —Watch My Mouth is the natural next step for a

performer schooled in clubland, pulling together some of Cazwell’s most effortlessly

catchy singles and pushing things forward with new tracks perfectly-suited to bring the

party. Club bangers like “All over Your Face” (which first tore up the Top 40 dance charts

in ’06) and the recent viral video sensation “I Seen Beyonce At Burger King” sit nicely

next to tracks like “Give Me Tonight” (featuring a classic Shannon sample) and “Get Into

It” (featuring Amanda Lepore).

“All I wanna do is party and have a good time! I think everyone can relate to that

right about now,”

explains Cazwell.

At a time when artists like Lady Gaga (for whom Cazwell has performed as an opening

act and was featured on her no. 1 hit “Just Dance”) are redefining the art and artifice of

dance music, Cazwell is finally primed to take center stage. About being one of the first

artists to collaborate with the pop princess, Caz exclaims “Gaga is fierce! The first time I

performed ‘Just Dance’ with her was in a Lower East Side club on Ave C.

“She threw me on the stage floor and started riding me, then pushed me off into

the crowd. It was amaaazing!”

The music embodies the same spirit of fun and goofball experimentation that was the

hallmark of artists like M.I.A., Neneh Cherry, Eminem and Deee-lite. “More than anything

I want to inspire people to have a good time,” says Cazwell.

“When I go to a club I want to party and I want to make music that makes other

people want to party. I’m not necessarily trying to make people think too hard, I’m

trying to make them dance.”

Cazwell is also executive producer, brainchild and songwriter behind Amanda Lepore’s

upcoming debut album “I…Amanda Lepore” also due this Spring. The album features

such Caz-penned Lepore classics as “Champagne,” “My Hair Looks Fierce,” (which has

already been tapped for a television theme song!) and the rambunctious pop punk ode

to love “Cotton Candy.” Caz also guest stars in the “Cotton Candy” music video directed

by Bec Stupak which will be Amanda’s premiere release for her album! About being

Sonny to a traninternational Cher, Caz says,

“I love working on the Amanda record because she’s so interesting and has had

such a crazy life. She has a very different point of view. I think that is makeup for

an amazing album. I think we definitely achieved that with ‘I…Amanda Lepore’”

While recording “Watch My Mouth,” Cazwell also has spent the last couple of years

traveling the world gigging and making special appearances, soaking up the best beats

and making an international slew of new fans. He’s performed at Radio City Music Hall

as an opening act for Cyndi Lauper True Colors Tour (“Radio CIty was a big production.

Amanda and I performed with twenty-two drag queen ‘Rockettes’ and an additional 16

dancers with 2 costume changes. I learned a lot about keeping things under control to

say the least!”), at the Dior Homme’s 2008 after-party in Paris with electro upstarts

Justice (“Performing for Dior was an honor. Very intimidating since Paris is hard to

impress. Not to mention having Karl Lagerfeld at your show, you want to turn it out.”) and

has been notoriously hosting outlaw Burger King parties in your city with troublemaker

Daniel Nardicio.

Says Caz about finally unleashing “Watch My Mouth” onto the masses,

“I wanted a CD that you could just play the whole thing through at a house party.

From working so many parties in New York I definitely took on that ‘good times’

mentality and just to make sure there is something for everyone I decided to put in

additional remixes at the end of the album.”

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