Reblogged from propertyofzack
Cassadee Pope is currently out on her first solo tour, but had time to catch up with PropertyOfZack for a great interview beforehand. Cassadee and I discussed the sudden jump into her solo career, knowing she needed to move on from Hey Monday, the process of releasing new music, and much much more. Check it out, there’s tons of great information!
So this has all moved pretty quickly. Hey Monday announced a hiatus in December, you announced solo dates, and it’s all kind of only continued on from there. Has it been stressful to have so many things going on at once?
I’m one of those people that gets miserable if I’m not stressed out or busy. Half of the reason why I jumped into everything so quickly was because I was just sick of sitting around. I have these goals that haunt me and I can’t get them out of my brain until I’m working towards them. It’s just one of those that I jumped into because I wasn’t very happy with where I was. I needed to get out there to start playing shows and stuff. Playing shows is my favorite part of what I do. I know it’s not going to be this big tour with thousands of people, but I don’t really care. Our core fans will be there, but I know this transition isn’t going to be easy or happen overnight, but I’m willing to put in the sweat and tears to get there. I couldn’t be more excited about this tour.
Hey Monday and you personally had really been quiet since the end of the Dirty Work tour. Was it difficult to just sort of stop everything for half a year? That’s the longest you’ve done that since you’ve started playing music.
We had always been one of those bands that were on tour all the time. We would have tours lined up six months in advance, so the fact that we didn’t have anything planned besides the South America tour in August was really scary for me. I just knew that something wasn’t right and it just wasn’t happening for us. I love being in a band and I love Hey Monday and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but I met all the people in the world that I work with now because of Hey Monday. I am so grateful for that. I want to work towards bettering myself and my career, and that’s just the reality of it. I want to make a career out of singing, and I didn’t see that happening with Hey Monday. Who knows, maybe that’s something I can go back to one day and it’ll work. Maybe we will be successful and we can make a living off of it and have families and stuff like that, but it just wasn’t going to happen right now.
Was it clear that you we’re going to go solo when you knew that Hey Monday wasn’t working anymore?
I knew pretty much when things started slowing down. If I wasn’t going to do Hey Monday, I was just going to go solo. The two options were to continue with Hey Monday and make it work or to go solo. I feel like a lot of the reason why we couldn’t breakthrough a ceiling was because we were a pop rock band with a female singer. It’s really hard to do that. There are so many bands and it is really hard for anyone to get noticed. I’m not saying it’ll be easier as a solo artist, but I’m gonna try it. I know how Hey Monday went, and as soon as I knew it wouldn’t work out, I knew I was just going to go solo. It’s not like I could stop music. I had to do something or I would’ve lost my mind. I don’t do well with not working towards something music related. It popped into my head and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
New PropertyOfZack interview with Cassadee!