Give us some background info as to who you are.
My name is Caseman Anderson. I was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Rockland, NY. I’m an emcee/producer/poet/song writer/entertainer but foremost a Hip-Hop artist. Music has touched me as early as 5 years old; it's in my blood. As a fan of Hip-Hop, Jazz and R&B, I represent essential, classic Hip-Hop. I make music that’s built to last! The first album I really fell in love with was The Roots "Things Fall Apart." I would describe myself as smooth, poetic and imaginative. I’m cautious but risky. My faith in God has a big effect on the foundation for my rap. At times it is overwhelming but overall it's a great feeling to know that God has blessed me with the ability to change myself and the world through a gift. I'm on a mission. You will witness it in years to come.
What is the significance of your name?
To the world it's just a name but to me, Caseman Anderson has come to mean past, present and future. When I was 13, my brother and I went to a sleep away at basketball camp in Nyack, NY. There was an 11 year old kid "crushin" all the other ball players on the court. The amount of skill and maturity he had at such a young age was amazing. For some reason the counselors kept calling him Caseman every time he crossed or "jayed" someone. I still don't know for sure but I'm assuming the name was from a movie or something. Soon after, I began to call myself Case. I was just like that kid; however I possessed skills on the mic. The "man" was added as I matured into adulthood. Also I didn't want to be confused with "Case" the singer. "Anderson," which is my real last name was the last and final addition to complete the artist you see today, Caseman Anderson. The whole process involved me finally discovering my identity and being unafraid to share it. It all ties in to why my music is the way it is, why I am me and where I am going with it.
Who is your target market?
My target market is the mature audience who appreciates classic / traditional Hip-Hop, conceptual records, and showmanship. That's one side of the fence. The other side is that I bridge the gap between old and young because of our capturing sound and respectable approach. Anybody can vibe to my music. A women in her 40's once told me that my music made her reminisce of the "good ol' days" while still giving her the refreshing feeling of a new spirit.
What is your USP? (Unique Selling Proposition) and what sets you apart from other aspiring artists?
My unique selling proposition involves myInfluence from the Lord. I was saved in my church in 2006. My life changed completely with the passing of my Aunt. It changed my lifestyle completely including my outlook on things. The substance of my content speaks volumes to those who believe Hip-Hop is only filled with destruction and negativity. My debut Album "Eruption" has absolutely no curses. There may be some "I hate Hip-Hop people", who now may want to buy my album. My decision not to curse has nothing to do with sales. It has to do with my relationship with God. Everything I write about has to be real, nothing derogatory and nothing negative. I create well formulated songs and rip tracks as an emcee is supposed to do while passing up on the added fabrication. I can’t take it back to the 90’s because that era can't be repeated but my style is compared to that time because the music is passionate and sounds classic. The 90’s were the best years of Hip-Hop in my opinion.
What single or project are you currently pushing?
The album and the first single from the album are called "Eruption." It has a total of 16 tracks all produced by E. Menal. It’s filled with hard beats and sharp lyrics; it brings you on a journey through love, excitement, fantasy, and tribulation. The album features singer Stefania O’Neill, singer/songwriter/pianist Jonathan Levant, and rapper Izzy Gets Busy. We’re currently doing shows to promote the upcoming album which will be available on iTunes and Amazon. As of late I have been opening for a lot of comedy shows with comedian Kenny Williams. We also just shot the video for our next single "The Calling." It's very dramatic story about a young couple that is experiencing hard times. The boyfriend decides to do something that he ends up going to jail for. While incarcerated, he encounters an outlet for his problems that he never expected... It's dope. E. Menal's BlakMarket Babie Company is also a new project in the works. Blakmarket Babie clothing and Compilation Album coming soon... keep your eyes peeled!
What is the philosophy by which you live by?
"The truth shall set you free." It's just like exercise... no pain no gain but the results are remarkable. To have faith in God is everything for me. I'm nowhere near perfect and will never be but through him all things are possible and I can strive for it. I decided that I wouldn't use my talent to destroy, only to build. People sometimes get it confused like your trying to be preachy but really I'm just passionate about showcasing another aspect of hip-hop other than what's expected by the masses. It will bring a bright light to essential, classic Hip-Hop.
Which artists have inspired you?
Some of my favorite artists are The Roots, Jill Scott, Common, Talib Kweli, Erykah Bahdu and Michael Jackson just to name a few. I've recently began to appreciate 2Pac much more as I learn about his life and beliefs. Realistically, the list artists that have inspired me are endless including: E Menal, Big, P Pressure, DMX, Pun, Missy, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Jay-Z, and so much more.
Who does your production?
Fortunately I've had the pleasure of working with Producer E. Menal (of the 90's group of Brothers Uv Da Blakmarket) for the last 2 years. We have somewhat of a similar mind state when it comes to musicianship which allows our records to flow as smooth as they do. Working with him in the studio has been a great learning experience for me as an aspiring producer myself. I look forward to working with other great producers in the near future on upcoming projects.
What is your opinion of the current state of the music industry?
The industry as a whole divides artists into too many categories but they will all continue to evolve one way or another. As for Hip-Hop, it's all up to the next game changers to make things pop off. Hopefully they hear my skills.
If you can change one thing about the music industry what would it be? and why?
I would change what is fed to the masses. This information directly affects our world and our youth. We all need to be conscious of the message that we are sending to our children. Many say "it's just entertainment" but they all eat what the media feeds them. You don’t have to be preachy to do something positive. You don’t have to keep repeating the same negative message. Give the people a choice in the music they hear.
Are there any singers that you would like to collaborate with in the future?
The number one female I would like to collaborate with is Erykah Badu. She seems to be an interesting woman. Not only does she have an amazing voice, but she writes songs that everyone loves, yet they don't have a clue what she is talking about. I love it! Sometimes the hidden meaning brings the excitement back for me. I found myself itching to know the truth behind "Window Seat."
What producer would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I want to work with Quest Love. In my opinion he is one of the best and I love that he still incorporates live instruments into his music.
What is your favorite movie and favorite book?
My two favorite movies are “The Five Heartbeats” and “Passenger 57.” My favorite book is the Bible.
What are some major misconceptions that you think people have of you?
I do my best to ignore any misconceptions and live my life. If I had to choose one, the biggest misconception people seem to have of me is that I have always been as spiritual as I am now. I've been through the rebellion stage like many others but made the decision to walk in a different light. I believe you reap what you sow so I choose to plant what I consider to be good seeds. We are all just tools made to be salt to the Earth and I'm just playing my part.
What is your favorite part of your live show? How has it evolved?
Things like pronunciation, movement, choreography, pace, voice control; energy, appeal and patience are huge while performing. Preparation, belief and action are the keys to success. I didn't always follow the code but now that's how I approach a show. I've been humiliated on stage many times from lack of all three so experience has forced me to evolve for the better. No one believes this but I still get the jitters before a performance. I've performed for many different types of people so it's interesting to see the various responses afterward. My favorite part of my live show is when I surprise the audience with call and response during my performance. I'm still performing for people who have never heard of me or my music. If they respond positively it's because they naturally like what you are doing. At that very moment you see how many are willing to take the ride of enjoyment with you. It's great to feel the energy transferred back and forth between me and the crowd.
What is your LP going to be like?
The album is also called "Eruption." It has a total of 16 tracks... all produced by E. Menal. Filled with hard beats and sharp lyrics, it brings you on a journey through love, excitement, fantasy, and tribulation. It's dope!
What is your website?
The website is www.CasemanAnderson.com. Also search Caseman Anderson on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Do you have any final words for the people?
Yes, don’t forget to watch my latest music video "Eruption" and look out for my album "Eruption" coming soon. Make sure you search Caseman Anderson on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Any Promoters, Artists or DJ's feel free to email me at CasemanAnderson@Gmail.com. Also stay tuned for E. Menal's Blakmarket Babie Company music and clothes. Peace and love!