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There are at least two artists known as Cass:

1. Christopher Andrew Struart Bank Cutbush, progressive house and trance producer. Half of duo Cass & Slide.
2. Cassandra Fox, a singer. Topped UK charts with single ‘Touch Me’ produced by Rui Da Silva in 2001.

2. Cass grew up in North London, the only girl in a large, working-class Irish family. As her songs make clear, this wasn’t always easy. But there was always music. From an early age, she would sing in Irish pubs and win talent contests. But when it came to choosing a career, she didn’t even see this as an option. She followed a schoolmate into nursery nursing, then went to secretarial college and worked as a temp, moving on to a series of dead-end jobs that ended with her servicing fruit machines to get a company car.

“Even though I wasn’t being honest with myself about what I really wanted to do, I always knew it was all temporary,” she says now. “When I worked in offices, I was always the girl asking if anyone wanted a tea or coffee. Then I’d go hide in the toilet, doodling or day-dreaming or writing songs.” Instead she lived for the weekends when she and her friends would drive across the country going to clubs like Cream, Gatecrasher or Miss Moneypenny’s.

Often when you’re living a half-life, it takes a near-death to bring you back to reality. Cass’s wake-up call came at 4am one morning, driving home from Southend after another long night servicing machines. Tired and in a hurry to get home, she nearly crashed into the central reservation. “I suddenly thought, ‘What am I doing? I’ve got a voice, I can write songs, and I’m just doing these crappy jobs. It’s time for me to be brave. No more messing about.’”


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