Phil Casagrande shows his talents in many genres. Whether it's an original solo piano piece such as Forever Love, a pop music song like Nadia's Theme, or a smooth jazz cover of Walk On By, his talents shine.
How do you describe your music to people, Phil?
I have a lot of different genres I play. My first record out was for Starlite Records it went national and also Four Year Battle which was picked up by Atlantic Records. They were both in the R&B field. As of now I play and write Smooth Jazz Music. So its an influence of Jazz and R&b but I also have classical background as well. But went more the jazz pop route in songs such as Forever Love that I wrote and Breaking Dawn which was in a Film Documentary.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I started playing the Accordion at around the age of 8, always loved Music. Switched over to the Organ at age 12. Used to jam with friends a lot. Got into Music full time when I was accepted to the Westchester Conservatory of Music thru an improv I did on the organ. Started at age 17 actually playing piano full time in College where studying and also in a local band.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing to do is what I'm doing now which is Composing Music and producing and Performing it.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Well I have been Blessed and have a lot on my plate right now. So that's a great question. I'd say juggling the production and writing aspect between the performing aspect. That's wearing a few different hats. But wouldn't have it any other way!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Well I thought I'd be a Basketball Player to be honest. But as I got into my late teens envisioned Performing at Madison Square Garden with a band similar to the group Yes. You know how flashy Rick Wakeman was. So when I used to say I'd be there doing same my brother would get a kick out of that ! Guess he didn't really see me wearing a cape as Wakeman did.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Well New York is a big place as we all know. With that being said, you can check out Jazz in the city with such great players I saw were Bill Evans Live at the Vanguard to seeing Brand X and also Genesis and many more. I think it's the inspiration you get from hearing them and saying wow!!
What other artists out there do you love?
Being that I love Music there are many different Artist I really Love. David Benoit, Jim Brickman, John Lennon, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and the Family stone. I also enjoy Jay z and Eminem.
What does your future hold?
The future for me is always looking bright . For I was Blessed with the gift of Music and I'm surrounded by great people. So it can only be a beautiful thing knowing my work touches others' hearts as well!!