In recent years, the sounds of house and EDM have come to dominate popular music, seeping into nightclubs, festivals and all over the airwaves. But celebrity DJ-producer DJ Cassidy believes the classic soul music of the late ’70s and early ’80s remains the “most universal dance music of all time.”
Cassidy arrived at this conclusion after playing at various iconic events, including President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and his 50th birthday party. The epiphany helped him form the soundscape to his debut Columbia Records album, “Paradise Royale.” Four years in the making, the 10-track record features an all-star lineup of artists and musicians, including Robin Thicke, Jessie J, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind & Fire, Passion Pit, CeeLo Green, Usher, and Nile Rodgers, to name a few.
During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, the New York native dished on recording the album and tapping Robin Thicke for the lead single, “Calling All Hearts.” He also shared his thoughts on the resurgence of disco-soul music.
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