the story of encore

i wrote encore in the dark, on my rhodes piano in the living room of my one bedroom apartment in wolseley, the coziest neighbourhood in winnipeg. it was late in the fall of 2016, well past eleven pm and i had a glass of red wine sitting front of me. it sounded like this.

i didn’t know then that it would take almost two years before this song would be put out in the world, but to be fair, at that point i didn’t know if anything i was making would be released at all. i was living on my own, a few months out of an abusive relationship that left me feeling incredibly lost. i was a musician, but i hadn’t released anything in years. i was writing, but i wasn’t sharing songs with anyone. i had a lot to say, but i didn’t know how to say it.

 photo by  adam kelly

photo by adam kelly

i was in a deep love affair with pop music (taylor swift, the chainsmokers, carly rae jepsen) but rarely admitted to people that it was what i wanted to be making. the one person i knew who enjoyed and respected the genre as much as i did was my friend micah visser (of the band boniface) so one day i shared this song and my vision for it. micah understood immediately and, after recording a single vocal and piano take into a laptop, then proceeded to produce the crap out it. from there, we worked together to build a world for encore to live in that i’m really proud of. 

 photos of cassidy and micah demoing in the suburbs taken by  adam kelly .

photos of cassidy and micah demoing in the suburbs taken by adam kelly.

i felt so excited about it that i applied for grants for the first time and got enough funding to bring the song out of demo stages (thank you mfm & factor!!). together, micah and i spent two days in private ear recording studios, with ryan mcveigh as our engineer, building new drum samples, rerecording old parts and doing vocals. we had so much fun and i am extremely grateful to have made this song with such an amazing team.

 from left to right:  micah visser, cassidy mann, ryan mcveigh in private ear studio a.  all photos above by  ally gonzalo .

from left to right:

micah visser, cassidy mann, ryan mcveigh in private ear studio a.

all photos above by ally gonzalo.

the time between then and now has been dedicated to mixing, mastering, making a music video, starting to play shows and working on other new songs that will be coming out later this year. i can’t wait for you to hear them.

if you would’ve asked me what encore was about right after i wrote it i probably would’ve answered with something along the lines of “a person that kept reappearing in my life, even after our relationship was over”. if you asked me now, i would say it’s about any patterns that you recognize as being toxic or negative and are finally feeling empowered enough to take control of or let go entirely. it’s about standing your ground even if those things are waiting by the door (or calling you three times!!!). it’s about being free. 

i hope you can dance to it with your friends and sing it loudly in your car and i hope you can feel like the ray of sunshine that you are while you’re doing it.

thank you so much for listening and being a part of this journey with me. i love you.

- cass

 cover art for encore.  photo by  adam kelly , design by cassidy mann.

cover art for encore.

photo by adam kelly, design by cassidy mann.

Cassidy Mann