Harry Wayne Casey Opens Up About KC And The Sunshine Band, His Career And His Upcoming Performance At Riptide Music Festival
Shake, shake, shake your booty at the upcoming Riptide Music Festival being held Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in Fort Lauderdale.
We recently spoke with Harry Wayne Casey, also known as KC, from KC and the Sunshine Band—who will be performing with the band at the festival on Dec. 3—about his career, favorite songs and more. Read highlights from our conversation below:
What are you most looking forward to at Riptide?
Well, it’s South Florida. I’m from South Florida and it’s going to be an exciting night on the beach for all of my native Miamians and visitors that are in the South Florida area for the holidays.
How have changes in music throughout the decades impacted you?
Music has definitely changed, yes and no. It’s all more digital than when I was recording, but I hear a sound and records that come out and people are like, “Oh that’s brand new,” and it’s like yeah, but it sounds like the ‘60s or ‘70s. I think it’s gone back to those times somewhat, right now at this point in music, which is kind of cool because that was a great period of music and it’s good to have songs back on the radio again. I don’t know if it affects me that much. Except I have been releasing some dance singles. Those are a little bit more digital and updated than what I was doing back in the ‘70s.
What are some of your favorite songs from your recent albums?
There are two songs that really mean a lot to me. One is called “Always Something There to Remind Me” and the other one is called "Both Sides Now.” As the lyrics say, "I’ve looked at life from both sides now," and I definitely have done that. I think that the lyrics just talk about exactly what I’ve seen and witnessed and feel in my life. "Always Something There to Remind Me" is a classic song from the ‘60s and it also came back out in the ‘80s, I believe. As I’ve gotten older and time passes on, people move out of your life. Whether they pass on or just move into different directions. I know when I walk around in places there’s always something that reminds me of something or someone. That song definitely means something special to me.
What has been the most memorable moment in your career?
There’s been a lot of different things: The Grammy’s, The American Music Awards, the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There’s been a lot of other things that have happened, things we have done that are charitable. Visiting kids at St. Jude’s hospital was really memorable for me.
How do you keep a work-life balance?
I’m crazy. I don’t know what a balance is, to be honest with you. You know you just go through life and I don’t try to direct life. I let life direct me. You do what you can do, and what you have to do and then that’s all that you can do.
What is next for KC and the Sunshine Band?
I’m going to keep performing until I can’t perform any more. I know there are some talks of new music. I have been recording this new album that I’m finally getting close to finishing. There are some things in the works that I don’t want to talk about right now, but there is definitely a lot of new music that will be coming out and some collaborations with some different people that I’m very excited about.
To purchase Riptide Musical Festival tickets and to see KC and the Sunshine Band perform, visit riptidefest.com. We're also giving away tickets to the festival on our Instagram. Click here to find out how to enter.
Photos courtesy of KC and the Sunshine Band
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