Cazwell | Get Into It | REMIXES
Peace Bisquit | November 14, 2006
Cazwell | Get Into It | MINI ALBUM
Cazwell | I Seen Beyonce At Burger King | REMIXES
Peace Bisquit | out now
from the Summer 2009 album, Watch My Mouth
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Few new artists 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 and abroad— including Amanda Lepore, Larry Tee, Boy George, David Lachapelle, The Ones, Chris 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 new party jams like “Tonight” (featuring the classic Shannon chorus hook) and “Get Into It,” a funky fashion-hop duet starring 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 22 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."
5 Q&As with Cazwell about his hot hit video, "I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King":
Who plays Beyonce? Her name is Tamikko. She doesn't use a last name. And she IS a biological female. She's a well-known hip hop dancer and travels the world to dance for hip hop artists. She's got a great personality and really campy. I met her on Myspace.
Why all the Jeremy Scott fashion? I love Jeremy. He's a good friend and has been extremely supportive. I automatically thought of his burger shirt when I thought about clothes for the video. I am also wearing clothes by PVR, Nobody and Hood By Air.
Who's Jonny Makeup (the guy singing the hook)? Jonny Makeup is one of the best makeup artists in the world. He was the lead rapper in the rap group, V.I.P., and is now solo artist. He is also the heiress of the owner of American Apparel. Oh yeah and he's fuckin’ crazy!
Who did the choreography? That’s a secret, but let’s just say they were a perfect fit for the video. They are amazing to work with and friends of mine.
Has Beyoncé or her people seen the video? Yes. We hear they think it’s hysterical.
"I Seen Beyoncé At Burger King" Remixes are currently available exclusively via Masterbeat through February 10, 2009, after which they can be purchased on iTunes and all major digital music retail websites. Cazwell's new album, "Watch My Mouth" is out this June.
We Seen Cazwell At Burger King
Check out this cute video of Cazwell as he celebrated his last birthday with a classic Michael Alig-style Outlaw party at a Burger King on the Lower East Side. About 150 people took over the fast food joint and turned it out!
"I SEEN BEYONCE AT BURGER KING"
411 Magazine (FL)
Out Smart (Houston)
popmuse.com (interview in taxi)
villagevoice.com (Michael Musto)
"GET INTO IT"
AXM (UK, November 2006)
AXM (March 2007)
Baltimore Gay Life
Bay Windows (Boston)
Blikk (Note from editor)
ClubPlanet.com (CD giveaway)
ClubPlanet.com (party review)
DNA (Australia, UK, EU)
Du & Ich (Germany)
Gay.com (UK) (Originally appeared on the Gay.com UK portal)
Just Out (Portland)
Metro Weekly(DC, Live Show)
Metro Weekly (Review)
Metro Weekly (feature)
New York Daily News
OUT (November 2006)
PULP (COVER, San Diego)
On Top Magazine
Q-Notes (N. Carolina)
Quest (COVER, Wisconsin)
Racket (COVER + 8 pages, Las Vegas)
Stonewell News (Spokane)
Tétu (France, November 2006)
Tétu (France, September 2007)
Time Out New York
TribuMove (COVER, France)