German dance outfit Cascada are about to visit Australia for the first time ever as part of the ‘Wild Nights’ tour.
You’ll probably know the band from their hit singles like ‘Everytime We Touch’, ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ and their top five Aussie smash ‘Evacuate The Dancefloor’. Or, perhaps, from one of their parade of club hits.
Ahead of the band’s visit in June, we decided to shoot a series of questions across to frontwoman Natalie Horler.
And here are her responses in our latest Q&A;
Q. We can’t believe that, despite all your success throughout the ‘00s and ‘10s, you’ve never ever made it to Australia. What’s kept you?
A. The journey to be honest! You obviously can’t just hop over for a weekend, so one needs a proper tour of at least one to two weeks of shows. It’s just taken this long to finally work it all out. Now we’re comin’!
Q. What are some of the things you’re most looking forward to experiencing away from the stage while you’re here in Australia?
A. I actually don’t know a lot about Australia, as I never really thought I’d be there any time soon. I’m planning on looking things up and deciding what I’d like to see and visit in our time off there.
Q. Who are you most looking forward to sharing the stage with at Wild Nights?
A. I’ve unfortunately only met one of the artists I think, so I have no (positive) prejudice. I’m excited to be sharing the stage with all of them.
Q. What was the point along the Cascada trajectory when you realised you’d hit the big time?
A. Landing in NYC (for the first time this was!) and getting into a cab and hearing ‘Everytime We Touch’ on the radio! That really was a wake up call. Best feeling in the world. It wasn’t the last time either… we’ve been extremely fortunate.
Q. Why do you think ‘Everytime We Touch’ blew up in the way it did?
A. One never really knows. I know that it became a very popular anthem for many high school and college students, and to this day we still play a lot of UK gigs at universities. At the end of the day you never know why a song strikes a nerve.
Q. Is there a track in your back catalogue you thought should have been massive but for one reason or another it wasn’t?
A. Many. You just never know…
Q. What’s been the biggest “pinch me” moment in your career to date?
A. A fan in the States once said in front of me (but not TO me) “I’ve always wanted to meet these people in my life : Madonna, Bon Jovi and Cascada”. Weird to be placed among these legends.
Q. How do you expect your cover of ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ will go down with Aussie crowds?
A. I haven’t a clue.
Q. You haven’t released an original album since 2011. Do you think albums still have a place in the world of dance music in 2018?
A. I find that question hard to answer. I know that there are still artists that do and are successful with it. We’ve learned that it’s not a good way for us to go.
Q. Or, given the rise of streaming and downloads, do you feel it’s easier just to drop singles?
A. Yes. And even that isn’t easy. We’ve been around a long time and we’re holding our own, but music has become so fast paced nowadays…. music comes and goes too quickly it seems sometimes.
Q. Which artists are on your Spotify playlist at the moment?
A. I haven’t got Spotify yet! hahaha!
Q. Might we see you releasing any new music in the near future?
A. Yes, we are planning to continue releasing music and in this case hopefully quite soon.
Q. And we can’t go by without asking you about Eurovision… It’s obviously on the way again next month… given your appearance in the competition back in 2013, what advice would you give to this year’s German entrant Michael Schulte?
A. I have to say I haven’t been following what‘s been going on around Eurovision this year, but I do enjoy watching the show. The only advice I can give is to be yourself – there’s so much press and bustle and people around you when you get involved with the contest. Try and stay true to yourself in every way possible.
Catch Cascada performing their first ever Australian shows alongside DJ Sash!, N-Trance, DJ Aligator, Nick Skitz and more as part of the Wild Nights Festival, winding its way across Australia in June;
June 15 : Brisbane (Eatons Hill Hotel)
June 16 : Sydney (Luna Park Big Top)
June 21 : Adelaide (HQ)
June 22 : Melbourne (Trak Lounge)
June 23 : Perth (Metro City)