CAS: “I place so much importance on making sure the crowd is feeling good”

Having performed in various cover bands and original bands in her musical journey, Cailah’s most recent venture is as the front woman to CAS.

She’ll be taking to the In Bloom stage at the Geelong Show this weekend, with a sneak peak into her soon-to-be-released EP. We can’t wait to hear it and hopefully you feel the same.

Find out a little bit more on the act and performer below.

Can you please tell us a bit about your act?

CAS is an act that consists of myself (Cailah), keyboard player Lee Bradshaw, drummer Kane Sherriff and from time to time we also have a rapper that joins us on stage (Michael). Michael, Lee and I write together quite a bit and Mikey actually has had a lot of input from the beginning of CAS, so I tend to feature him and collaborate with him on a number of my tracks.

How long have you been performing?

I’ve been involved in various cover and original bands since I was 21 but I first started performing from a young age. I played classical piano from the age of eight and played a number of eisteddfods and also played a bit of saxophone and violin in various school bands and ensembles. I only really started singing when I turned 16 and got my first “gig” with my church. I was singing lead monthly at our youth services which gave me massive inspiration to sing and play more after I moved out of home.

Do you remember your first gig and what was it like?

I remember my first “official” gig with my cover band Hey Charger at what was the “Scottish Chiefs” about nine years ago. I was absolutely terrified. I think it took me about four years of gigging to get rid of that ‘fear’. I still get a bit nervous before I perform now, but I think that now comes more from the place of wanting to nail the performance and ensure the crowd is loving their musical experience. I feel privileged to be able to perform for others and I place so much importance on making sure the crowd is feeling good; if they’re having a good time, so am I.

What can we expect to see from your performance at the Geelong Show?

The CAS material is quite varied in its vibe and feel – I have a mixture of pop, r’n’b and electro elements in the songs that I perform. When writing the first EP, I didn’t have any hard and fast rules with genre – it was just about writing songs that were reflective and had meaning. I’ll also be debuting songs off the new EP that is set for release November 3, so people will be getting a sneak peek at brand new material that hasn’t been released yet. There will also be a music video for my new single “Truce” dropping on October 27, so everyone will also get a cheeky preview to that track as well!

Who’s another Geelong act (or from around the region) you’d love to collaborate with and why?

Oh man, there is so much incredible talent around Geelong. So many great performers, writers and musicians, it’s hard to narrow down a particular act. I’m inspired by so many of them. I’m in awe of JANEVA and all the great things she’s doing – the woman can write, perform and she sings like nobody else I’ve ever heard. I’m a fan of Isabella Khalife, the lady has some serious soul. Evangeline is super bad-ass – I’ve seen her live and she is a force to be reckoned with. Rach Brennan is also an incredible artist as well – she has the voice of an angel and writes amazing material. There are so many amazing women in music in Geelong that bring their own unique magic to the scene, I love them all.

What do you think of the current state of the Geelong music industry and where do you think it is headed?

I think there is so much to celebrate about our homegrown talent. And not only do we have amazing local talent, we also score some pretty phenomenal big names that come through to play here as well. There are some great venues and people that are making huge contributions to supporting this talent as well and, without these venues and people, I think we would be in a very different situation. So I’m grateful to these individuals and their fantastic establishments. We also have some great schools that invest into their students and I’m really thankful to these schools, institutions and their teachers for giving kids / students the place to discover, grow and refine their art. I honestly believe Geelong has a really bright music future and we should all continue contributing to it and supporting it however we can.

What are you social links so people can follow you?

Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Image by Gary Robertson. 

CAS is taking to the Geelong Show alongside many other local acts from October 20-22.