Casey is in real life Kees Uffen, living in Almere, the Netherlands. He’s born on January 18th 1966 in the northern part of his country. In his youth Casey discovered the art of mixing, listening to Master Mixer Ben Liebrand, on Dutch Radio Veronica.
Inspired by Ben’s radio program “In The Mix” Casey started looking for alternative versions of hits on the radio. He discovered radio shows such as “Rick’s Mix” (Rick Veldhuysen), Avro’s Driemaal Doordraai (Robin Albers a.k.a. Jaydee) and of course the world famous Soulshow (Ferry Maat). And of course on Friday the Minimix by Ben Liebrand, who was raised to “God” by Casey. Casey started experimenting with turntables and cassette decks to make these kind of mixes himself. But it didn’t work out so very well by lack of equipment and money… It wasn’t until 1992 when Casey got his first PC, and discovered how you he could create sound and mixes on it, that he started producing. In particular, creating mega-mixes, mash-ups and remixes. In 1992, this was quite a specific matter, because a sound card in a computer was something special in those days.
Using an application to edit two audiotracks (a left track and a right track if you wanted to use stereo) Casey produced a “Bond van Doorstarters” mix in 1993 . The “Bond van Doorstarters” was the famous item in Ferry Maats Soulshow. Casey’s BvD mix was the first ever broadcast by Ferry which was created entirely on the computer. Which was quite spectacular at that time. According to Ferry, this was the beginning of a new era for the music industry. Ferry knows how much he has been proven right…
In 1995 Casey meets up with an old friend again: René Gardenier. Casey and René knew each other from the club life in Delfzijl, where they had both worked as a DJ. René had plans to launch a new commercial radio station, and asked Casey to handle the technical stuff of the whole thing. The team was completed by über-DJ Martin Franken, and Radio 101 was born. Radio 101 has aired until May 1997. Casey made a large number of mixes, especially for Radio 101, which were aired on prime time Friday afternoon.
Fairly soon after Radio 101 had stopped, Casey and his family moved to Almere. And the mixing stopped, for various reasons …
It was only in 2010 when Casey picked up producing again. He made a remake of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye. The plan to release the mix was killed when Universal Publishing refused to clear the samples of the voice of Mr. Gaye. Eventually the track was re-sung by Re-Play singer Sam Dewit, but the moment was already gone.
Casey then got the taste of producing again and turned his home office into a small studio based on an iMac with Cubase. He took a course at Pyntago in Amersfoort to freshen up his producing skills. During his education at Pyntago Kees started working on a remake of the Floyd King track Groove Me. The song was a big disco hit for Fern Kinney back in 1979. After creating a new melody line and playing all the instruments himself, he got stuck: The music was ready, now he needed a singer. And that would be Shamira. She has a beautiful, strong voice. After recording the vocals the track was finished, but never released.
Shamira happens to have a pretty famous father. DJ Sven.Sven is widely known for the Holiday Rap, a worldwide megahit in 1986, which he did with MC Miker “G”. The track was produced by Ben Liebrand, by the way. Check also Sven’s site.
The two of them meeting up resulted in the collaboration to mix two new tracks for 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor, at the request of producer Martin Boer. These two tracks would be a revival of a new 2 Brothers album, but that album was unfortunately never released. Sven also motivated Casey to rather work with Ableton than with Cubase.
Casey already had some experience with Ableton, but it wasn’t until august 2011 that Casey fired up the Ableton Engine, and created the first MixCase as a project to get to know Ableton better. He sent the mix to Dutch Radio Veronica’s Prime Time show Somertijd. Every Friday at 6pm they’ll broadcast a remix produced by one of the listeners of the show. MixCase 01 immediately made it as a Weekend Dance Mix. After that more MixCases were broadcasted on a regular basis. Check the MixCase Page for the broadcasted versions.
In December 2011, Casey comes into contact with Francisco Morales. Francisco’s help as keyboardist was called to work on a new production of one of the country’s biggest pop groups of the 90s, which wanted to make a comeback. Besides a gifted musician, Francisco also knows very much of Ableton, so the producing sessions were devoted doubly useful. Unfortunately, the pop group in question decided not to proceed with the comeback…
In March 2012 Kees meets another famous guy from the Dutch pop scene: Haro Slok. Haro is responsible for a few dozen top 40 hits. For example, Kane and Volumia and many others. Haro is also one of the session musicians who is heard regularly on Ben Liebrand productions. Haro can come up with brilliant melodies and lines like no one else. Together with DJ Sven and Haro Casey is still busy making new tracks.
In 2013 Casey and DJ Sven met up with Ronald Bass, A & R Manager at 8Ball Music and a friend of Sven’s, to create new productions. These productions are very different in nature than the productions that result from the cooperation with Haro. Those are more ballad-oriented Dutch-languaged tracks, while cooperation with Sven and Ronald resulting in more dance-oriented tracks.
Meanwhile, several other projects with various other producers and artists have been done. Check the Projects Page for more info. And, of course, you can still listen to the MixCase Saga on the Somertijd show on Friday afternoons, broadcasted by Dutch Radio 10 nowadays.