DJ Cassidy has debuted his new single “Kill the Lights” featuring singer/actor Alex Newell with iconic guitarist Nile Rodgers. The music video premieres TODAY, April 8th.”Kill the Lights” is featured on the soundtrack to the new hit HBO series Vinyl and can be heard throughout episode nine of the series, airing this Sunday, April 10th as the plot takes a turn from New York City‘s gritty Rock & Roll scene to it’s blossoming Disco scene.

DJ Cassidy says:
“Creating a club anthem inspired by the early 1970s era in which Vinyl takes place hit my soft spot. The dance music that came out of New York City during that time exuded a spirit, emotion, and energy like no other. My partner Greg Cohen, Alex Newell and Nile Rodgers all sought to capture that special feeling.”

“Kill The Lights” was born out of a meeting between Cassidy and Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records, in which they discussed a new artist the label was developing named Alex Newell. After hearing Cassidy‘s first two singles, “Calling All Hearts feat. Robin Thicke & Jessie J” and “Make The World Go Round feat. R. Kelly,” Kallman believed the deejay/producer/recording artist was just the right person to create something magical for Alex. To create his own records, Cassidy had been recruiting the legendary musicians behind the classic dance records of the late 1970s and early 1980s to channel that prolific sound. Those musicians included Verdine White, Philip Bailey, and Larry Dunn of Earth Wind & Fire, Ray Parker Jr, Wah Wah Watson, Patrice Rushen, and many other iconic architects of the era. With the help of writing team JFK, DJ Cassidy and production partner Greg Cohen, soon wrote and produced a demo of “Kill The Lights.”

Within several months, Kallman was on the set of Vinyl, whose soundtrack Atlantic was releasing. Renowned film and television musical supervisor, Randall Poster, explained to Kallman the need for an early Disco record that would be a definitive part of the series’ plot. When Poster and Vinyl executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger heard the song, Vinyl had found its anthem. Cassidy, Kallman, and Poster then recruited music legend Nile Rodgers (with whom Cassidy worked on “Calling All Hearts”) to add his iconic signature rhythm guitar.


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