More than three years ago, DJ Cassidy set out on a mission to bring the energy, spirit and emotion of music from the late '70s and early '80s to today's dancefloor. And come May, he will see his "long journey" come to fruition with the release of his debut album.
"I've DJ'd in all corners of the globe, ever since I was a little kid, for all kinds of people — young, old, black, white, rich, poor, in America, in Europe, in Asia," DJ Cassidy told MTV News at the official VH1 + SCOPE party in Miami. "And no matter where I was, whether it was playing all hip-hop or all house, or anything in between, it was the music of the late '70s, early '80s that really stood out to me to be the greatest and most universal dance of all time."
While Cassidy is keeping tightlipped about 11 of the super-secret artists he's collaborating with on the project, which comes out in May, he did come clean about one collaboration: "Calling All Hearts" featuring Robin Thicke and Jessie J. Even though the track doesn't drop until January, Cassidy says you'll probably be able to hear it at "a club near you."
"It's really exciting. Essentially, I put back together the greatest, most renowned musicians of the late '70s and early '80s in one room for the first time in 30 years to recreate their definitive sound, with no covers, no samples, no interpolations," Cassidy said. "And then I united the most eclectic roster of recording artists from my generation to write and record original songs and although I can't reveal that list, it is quite an exciting list."
Cassidy, will be hitting the road with his "Calling All Hearts" collaborators for Thicke's tour, kicking off late February 2014.