Casii Stephan and The Midnight Sun – Norman Music Festival
The soulful pop/rock band, Casii Stephan and The Midnight Sun, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. Casii Stephan will perform at the Bud Light Depot Stage on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 2:00 pm. Since this is the festival’s tenth year, here are ten questions to get to know them as answered by Casii Stephan.
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
I love a good pop hook. I love the challenge of writing a good pop hook that feels familiar and yet new. I love the punch of rock and my voice has soul, so we combine it all into something that seems to work pretty well.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
Right now, Yo-Yo. It’s a few years old, but it’s definitely the more upbeat sound of our live show.
3. What’s your song writing process?
Emotional overload happens and I burst into song. Kind of serious. I’m a “life is musical” kind of girl, so I love taking a real life scenario and adding some drama. My songwriting should come with a warning: “Dramatization included”.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
I’m super pumped to be a part of the 10th year and to experience it. I’ve heard nothing but really good things and looking at the line-up, I’m honored to be included.
5. In general, what inspires you?
Hope. The fact that there is always going to be a dawn. The sun will rise again. It’s why I called the band the “Midnight Sun”. Even in the darkest moments, we hold onto the fact that one day the sun will rise again. The night can only last for so long. It’s why music exists to me. Even in it’s quirkiest form, music is how we process through our circumstances and push onward.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
London. I want two weeks in a tiny bookshop with an overstuffed chair, fluffy cat and an endless supply of coffee and La Croix. Oh! And a grand piano to my right… And a mountain of books that magically change subject and titles based on my fickle interests.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
Check out more local music. Harumph is playing later, so definitely looking forward to them.
8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
I don’t play guitar and I have a valid reason for it. I have a huge phobia of needles. Huge. The smallest string on the guitar has the texture of a long needle cutting into my finger. Which basically makes me dizzy and wanting to vomit. So, I’ve never learned the guitar. I always wondered what it’s like to play guitar and I think I could work it, but until I figure a way around this fear, I’m a piano-only girl.
9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
The Human Heart. I watch way too much Criminal Minds and SVU and it’s incredibly sad how abuse begets abuse, like a never ending cycle. How easy it is to forever sear something that has no tangibility to it and yet carries so much potential for tangible hurt. And yet, on the opposite side of the coin, there is so much light and goodness.
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
So, I’m lame. The percussionist, Amira, will readily agree and laugh while doing it. But, I think my most extreme adventure would be moving to Tulsa. It was sort of on a whim, sort of not. Literally packed up everything that could fit into my 2001 Toyota Corolla and drove to Tulsa to stay with my cousins and see if I liked it here. I got a job two weeks later and this September will be my three year anniversary. I’d say it’s worked out pretty well.