UK bass pioneer, DJ, label owner, ex-pro basketball player, straight talking dubstep champion, Caspa can be introduced in many ways.
His decade-deep discography has dented dances since dubstep’s earliest chapters. Over three studio albums, four mix compilations, 30+ singles and many high-profile remixes including Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Swedish House Mafia, Ludacris, Miike Snow and many more, his precision heavyweight productions have been released on labels like Digital Soundboy and Tempa as well as his own influential imprints DubPolice and Subsoldiers. Both iconic dubstep brands that have played a major role in the worldwide dubstep phenomenon and boasted the earliest work of some of the scene’s most respected creative artists like L-Wiz, Subscape, Emalkay and Caspa’s partner in grime Rusko. Caspa continues to push the music he lives his life for in many ways. But the best has yet to come.
Hi Caspa! How are you doing?
Great question, seriously! Thanks for asking, I’m great!
Take us back to the beginning, how did you find your passion for producing electronic music?
I was just heavily inspired by what was going on in UK garage as it was becoming more underground, the darker and deeper it got the more I wanted to know about it. Then I just started going to all the dances, well, there was only one or two actually! I just wanted to recreate what I was hearing, but in my own way.
You have over 10 years’ experience of working with electronic dance music. What are your favourite elements within your recent releases that still call back to/is heavily drawn from the original inspiration behind the Caspa project?
More like 20! Keeping it simple and keeping it heavy, I try to stick with those original elements always. Plus, ultimately, it’s me writing the music. I try not re-use things over and over, coz that was then and this is now, although the ideas might be familiar, the sounds aren’t always.
You released an EP called “Full Flow” through your own label Ghost Town. Could you share the creative process behind about this EP?
I had an idea of writing music which represents me completely in my element, in my full flow, and this EP is that. If you’re not into this EP, then you’re probably not into Caspa. It’s one of my favorite EPs that I’ve ever done!
Tell us how Ghost Town began, what was the motive behind starting own label?
I wanted to start a label to release solely my own music, and I wanted a label that represented my wholly. Ghost Town the brand has been around for a few years, I’ve also used the name for a track title and an EP, so I decided to use it as a label and build on the brand. I thought 2020 was the perfect year to do that.
These days there are a lot of electronic music labels. How do you stand out from the mass?
By doing your own thing and not compromising and follow the music not the money! The finances will get in check when the music’s consistent and great.
If up & coming artists like to get their own tracks under your label, what would be your advice to make it happen?
Right now I’m concentrating on Caspa and Ghost Town, but I also have another project in the pipeline which I’ve been excited about for a while, but it’s not ready to unleash yet! That will be the opportunity for artists to get involved, in the way you mention.
Can you share with the followers of Let the Bass Get You, the best musicical advice someone gave you?
Someone told me once; being authentic to who you are, people will naturally gravitate towards you. And I think that’s a solid starting point.
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