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FOR SOUND ON,
Sounds by Cassandra
by Cassie Shankman, aka DJ Cassandra.
Cassie is an Austin-based DJ/sound curator, composer/ producer, educator, and all-around creative. She grew up between Texas and London, and is a big believer in community
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
DJ Cassandra is an Austin-based artist: DJ, composer/producer, pianist, educator, and all-around creative. She grew up between Texas and London, and is a big believer in community and collaboration. She’s brought her unique open format sound to events for Sports Illustrated, Gucci, Goldman Sachs, NASCAR, Teen Vogue, Google, Bumble, Apple TV+, US Women’s Volleyball Team, SXSW, Adidas, Kendra Scott, Dell, NBC, Virgin, The Recording Academy, Tito’s Vodka, Franklin’s BBQ, (and that’s just to name a few) performing for virtual audiences of 18,000 to in-person audiences of 50,000 to national audiences of millions. DJ Cassandra has opened and closed for Chromeo, Classixx, Portugal The Man, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Daughtry, Matoma, Amtrak, LP Giobbi, RUN DMC, Ezra Ray Hart (supergroup of Better Than Ezra, Sugar Ray, and Tonic), Angel and Dren, Win Butler (DJ Windows98) of Arcade Fire, Kishi Bashi, Sol Rising, Midland, Charley Crockett, Goldfish and Sheryl Crow / Joe Ely ACL Hall of Fame opening party. She curated playlists for clients from Lululemon to Hulu to Topo Chico and Tito’s Vodka. As a pianist, she’s played and recorded with musicians from local indie-rock artist Ben Kweller to DEVO’s frontman Mark Mothersbaugh and jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at Lincoln Center.
As a composer she has been recognized for orchestration, composition, and music preparation work in award-winning films featuring directors and actors such as Terrence Malick, Martin Sheen, and Natalie Portman. She also composes music for Biomedical Music Solutions, music to help patients with neurological conditions learn how or regain the ability to walk. The Biomedical Music (™) she has composed is advancing the applications of music-assisted rehabilitation and has produced life-changing results for over 3 million global users and counting. Cassie has spoken as an official SXSW panelist in 2022 with The Recording Academy’s MusiCares, Headspace and Berklee College of Music on music as a tool for healing. She also spoke in 2017 about her work with Biomedical Music Solutions and was honored as a SXSW 2018 Interactive Innovation Award finalist.
She was recently elected as one of the youngest Governors on the Texas Chapter Recording Academy’s board for 2023-2025. As a proponent for music education, Cassie has been an active member with the Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter Education committee for 6 years and counting, and is also a 4-time featured speaker for Grammy Career Day. She recently joined the Songwriter and Composer committee this year as well. In addition, she co-founded the web-app Picardy focused on helping anyone develop music theory and musicianship skills. She is a multi-year mentor for The University of Texas at Austin’s Bridging Disciplines Program, and has been a featured volunteer speaker at multiple universities such as Claflin University’s Music Department to SMU’s Meadows School for the Arts Music Pedagogy and Theory Department to The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies Gender, Race, and Technologies class.
As an educator and consultant, Cassie works on various TV/Film productions as a music performance coach. Her work has been featured in shows such as Walker Texas Ranger (Season 2 and 3), and Facebook’s SKAM - Austin.
In 2020 Cassie was named Austin’s 40-Under-40 Finalist in Arts and Entertainment. She is a graduate from The University of Texas with a degree in music composition and a secondary focus in film studies. Cassie is also a mental health advocate.
She is the world’s leading Biomedical Music™ composer, designing and creating Biomedical Music™ integrated with biomedical devices for rehabilitation.
As an educator and consultant, Cassie works with TV/Film companies for music production and as a performance coach. Her work has been featured in shows like Facebook’s SKAM – Austin and Season 2 and 3 of Walker Texas Ranger.
She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys), and multi-year mentor for The University of Texas at Austin’s Bridging Disciplines Program.
Cassie has spoken as an official SXSW panelist in 2022 and 2017, and honored as a SXSW 2018 Interactive Innovation Award finalist for her work with the Movement Tracks Project. Her music was featured in a research study published in the August 2020 edition of “Frontiers in Neurology – Movement Disorders.” In 2022 she spoke at SXSW with MusiCares, Headspace, and Berklee College of Music.
As a proponent for music education, Cassie is on the Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter Education committee, and also is a four-time featured speaker for Grammy Career Day. She is also on the Recording Academy's Texas Chapter Songwriter and Composer committee as well. She is also the co-founder for Picardy, an interactive web app focused on helping anyone develop music theory and musicianship skills, and teaches a select private studio of students.
In 2020 Cassie was named Austin’s 40-Under-40 Finalist and was one of the
first active DJ’s in the
United States to be appointed as a 2020-2022 Lululemon Ambassador. She is a graduate from The University of Texas with a degree in music composition and a secondary focus in
Cassie is a music and
mental health advocate.
"One of Austin’s most sought-after DJs, CASSANDRA has experience DJing everything from corporate events to SoulCycle classes to weddings. Also a trained pianist and composer, this musical DJ makes the party come alive."
"When we first started planning our wedding we knew that good music would be a top priority for us. We were looking for someone who would be able to incorporate our music taste into something danceable and enjoyable for all. Finding a DJ who met that criteria was not an easy task but the moment we found Cassie online we knew that we could trust her with our vision. We initially met up for coffee that felt more like a catch-up with an old friend than a DJ vetting and ended up signing her up to do our wedding on the spot. Cassie really got us and understood exactly what we wanted for our dance party. She really helped us have a dance party that we will remember forever. After our wedding we had a ton of people tell us that the music was fantastic and very true to me and my husband's style which is a testament to what a fantastic DJ Cassie is.
If we ever have another large party, Cassie will be the first person we call. In addition to her DJ services, Cassie also helped us with day-of coordination. Cassie and her assistant Alison were literal godsends and made sure that everything ran smoothly despite some very big hiccups caused by other vendors. Both ladies were a dream to work with and really helped us feel at ease in the days leading up to the wedding and during the event. Again, I could not recommend Cassie enough!"
Alex + Ganna
(November 2019 Wedding Client)
“We turned up with DJ CASS&RA all night dancing to tunes like Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings”, and ended the night singing along to Beyoncé’s “Before I Let Go” cover aka this summer’s anthem. In between dancing, our guests munched on cotton candy (in 4 different flavors) outside and as they headed inside they stormed the candy bar...
Safe to say the majority of us left with a sugar rush, but all in celebration of Teen Vogue, right? No complaints here!”
"Cass is absolutely the best! I needed a DJ for our company holiday party and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We have a mixed crowd (lots of different ages, backgrounds, etc.). DJ Cass played music we all loved. She also created a great atmosphere for the general party and got everyone dancing. Thank you DJ Cass for helping us have a lot of fun!"