“Being a DJ is a serious thing”: in Hérault and the Thau basin, Cassou mixes sounds and generations

“Being a DJ is a serious thing”: in Hérault and the Thau basin, Cassou mixes sounds and generations
“Being a DJ is a serious thing”: in Hérault and the Thau basin, Cassou mixes sounds and generations

For more than 20 years, Hérault DJ Cassou has been making the Thau basin dance, and well beyond. Meeting with this transmitter of sounds who brings together all generations.

We expected to come across a slightly fanciful guy, a pure product of the Sète nightlife of the 1990s. From the outset, Cassou sets the tone: “The middle of the night wasn’t really my thing.” Strange assertion for this iconic DJ of the region, who has been making the Thau basin, and even the whole of Hérault, dance for years. So, Sylvain Casses, his real name, justifies himself: “My goal is to make people dance without falling into the trap of the DJ“. Understand drugs, which we sometimes know are present in this environment, and which this PE teacher in a vocational high school has always left far from him.

Cassou at work on his turntables.

Being a DJ is a serious thing“, affirms Cassou. Like his journey, a flawless one, which led him from village festivals and local ferias to the biggest Parisian clubs in the 2000s (La Loco, the Élysée Montmartre…). The “Extravaganza” evenings are his, as are the “Light and Sound Shows” and the “Energy” parties, which today bring together thousands of people, from Gigean to Poussan in via Mèze, all managed from CProd, his company based in Frontignan which employs, among others, around fifteen DJs.

Fishermen in nightclubs

Originally from Lunel and arriving in Sète at the age of seven, Sylvain Casses discovered music during his time at Paul-Valery high school. With his friends, he started the group Madox with which he hosted high school parties. We are in the middle of the 1990s and, on the Singular Island, “the atmosphere is festive“, remembers the musician. “In the nightclubs, you could come across resting fishermen and jousters. It was an atmosphere that was both very local and warm.“The temples of Sète’s nightlife are called Must and Simp’son. It is in the latter that Sylvain Casses becomes Cassou, the establishment’s resident DJ. He was only 19 years old at the time.

Today, Cassou is 47 and, by his own admission, he is not about to stop mixing. His fondest memory he owes to a flashmob during a certain Saint-Louis in 2012. “More than 3,000 people on the Royal Frame performed our choreography, it was fantastic!“Today, he continues to travel to electronic festivals to keep up to date with the latest musical trends.”I am a chameleonhe asserts, I am able to adapt to all kinds of scenes: I play for teenagers as much as for their parents or even their grandparents“. The DJ fully assumes his general public, even family side. “I make quality general music, I try not to fall into the easy stuff, like a camping party.”

“The discotheque format no longer appeals”

Popular while remaining demanding, Cassou is also a generous artist well aware that he shapes, at his modest level, the musical tastes of the young people who listen to him. “I try to make them hear things that don’t necessarily come across Skyrock. In my sets, there is no urban music.“As a keen observer of the festival for years, he draws up a fairly eloquent observation of the evolution of practices.”Initially, when I was mixing, people could stay on the same song for five minutes, today they get bored after just one.“In the same way, he notes the end of the discotheque model,”a format that no longer pleases“, analyzes the one who nevertheless refuses to say that “it was better before“.

This Saturday evening, the DJ will perform at Dancing de Sète. A date which kicks off a busy season for him and his team. To prepare himself physically, Cassou decided to climb the Tourmalet by bike. When we tell you it’s serious.

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