Joe Cassidy’s career as a singer, songwriter, producer, composer and front-man spans almost three decades. Cassidy moved from Belfast to Manchester, then London, and then Chicago, then Los Angeles and finally back to Chicago in 2018.
Cassidy’s career is a study in duality: his projects have been picked up by hot indie labels Rough Trade, H.ark! and Dell’Orso—and major giants Arista/ BMG, Hit It!/ Tommy Boy, Dedicated/ BMG, RCA, and Universal. Cassidy has written scores recorded by the The Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Lyric Orchestra and most recently, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra—and for films like “Aurora”, “Stan” and “Hollywood”. Cassidy also worked on the 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner “We Live In Public” and the 2011 Emmy winning documentary “Hold At All Costs”.
His band Butterfly Child is known for its symphonic love songs; his band Assassins is known for its electro-pop dance tracks; NØISE with the artist Shepard Fairey is known for it’s political take on punk/ dub and a slew of remixes—all have devoted fan bases. Cassidy even had the honor of producing song writing legend Jimmy Webb with Glen Campbell in the room.
He has performed across the USA and Europe including Lollapalooza and has supported New Order, Muse and Duran Duran to name but a few.
“I usually work with people who have a very open mind about what they are looking to achieve with a song, an arrangement or the type of production necessary. Artists or clients who are not “boxed in” to a genre are the ones I usually find knocking at my door,” Cassidy says. Perhaps Cassidy demonstrates success across genres and continents because of what Rolling Stone called “his mastery of the simple pop song.” At the heart of every one of his compositions is a melody infused with deeply satisfying musical—and narrative—resolution. As was said of Cassidy’s style, “If you’ve ever been drunk in a pub, staring at someone beautiful, just watching them move, in a blur, this was probably the music in your head.”