We had the good fortune of connecting with Francis Cassol and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Francis, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It might sound funny to say this, but when you’re a musician, its not really YOU who chooses music, it’s actually MUSIC that chooses you. Musicians are so deeply connected to music that it`s just a part of us. I didn’t choose this career for the money, I chose it for the passion. I chose it for how listening, playing and creating music makes me feel.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional drummer and music educator. With my band Rage In My Eyes I have put out four worldwide released albums, and performed along bands like Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. I played for Paul Di’anno (former Iron Maiden) for five years, I have performed and recorded with Grammy-Award winners, Gold and Platinum Record-Award winners and America’s Got Talent winner. It’s very hard for me to say what sets me apart from others. But as a drummer, I believe my musicality and as an artist, my determination. There are no easy paths for a musician. You just have to, first of all, master your instrument. And then have the right connections. None of which are easy to achieve, it’s all about hard work. I believe that, if you know what you want, don’t give up easy, no matter how hard and frustrating it gets. Failure is what ends up showing you the right path.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I have shown a bunch of people around. There are some places that I love, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, which are probably my favorite spots in LA. The Sunset Strip is always fun, especially the Whisky a Go Go and the Rainbow Room, the Walk of Fame is mandatory, even though I’m not a fan. There are a couple of nice places to eat and have a drink, like Beelman’s, in DTLA, and Sage Plant Based Bistro & Brewery, in Pasadena, Echo Park and Culver City.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to a guy named Lars Ulrich, In my early days, he was my biggest inspiration, I wanted to be just like him. If it was’t for him, I might be doing something else today. But there are dozens of people close to me that have been very important in this journey. First of all my family: my wife Liana, my brother Marcio and my parents Elemar and Mariza. Also my music partners for all those years of brotherhood. And most recently, two people who in a way have been my mentors: Aquiles Priester and Adair Daufembach.
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