Kasaya

FRESH: ‘Not A Problem Now’ – Kasaya

Kasaya says there’s “Not A Problem Now”

The world needs 2 things right now: 1) to forget about everything, 2) to get ready to change the world when it’s reborn! The chorus of “Not A Problem Now” is an earworm to put you at ease, “can’t stop it, nothing’s gonna bring me down”. The verses are more thought-provoking, “we need to reject the lies and greed, we need to protect the skies and seas”, and ask the difficult questions about what we’ll all do when this is all over.

This catchy pop bop is Kasaya’s debut song, written in lockdown about lockdown. We’re a synthpop duo – Aidan is a songwriter from Scotland and Per is a Danish producer living in Berlin. Kasaya are a duo for this strange era we’re all living through. Like most people, Aidan (Paisley, Scotland) and Per (Berlin, Germany) are ‘working from home’, making catchy electronic pop music with thought-provoking lyrics and animated visuals for an audience who have had their worlds turned upside down.

Their message is clear – things are bad, but we can all use this as an opportunity to say “NO!” to going back to the way things were. We can slow down, look after ourselves, our communities, and the wider world around us. “We need to reject the lies and greed, we need to protect the skies and seas!”. Kasaya give their listeners a welcome distraction from the doom and gloom through the underrated medium of pop music, while also challenging people’s assumptions about the way the world is and the way it has to be. They want you to join them in being a new enlightened generation, a force for good in a world soon to be reborn.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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