We hang with Caspa ahead of his Bass Mafia Garden Party gig to talk about the LA dubstep scene.
We hear you’ve been spending a lot of time in LA recently – how do you find that, being a Londoner?
It’s such a huge difference living in LA compared with London. I really like LA, it’s a great place to be and network if you’re in music or film. I enjoyed my time there and achieved some great things, my sole focus wasn’t just to be in LA and network, it was to be present in the USA and push the sound throughout the country and into places that normal touring wouldn’t permit. At some point this year or early next year I’ll be back to do the same thing, but maybe in a different city. At heart I’m a London boy.
What do you think of the massive explosion there since 2007 in the popularity of heavy dubstep, particularly in America? Has it been a boon or bane for your career?
Whether it’s heavy, minimal, recycled or re-vamped you have to embrace everything that’s going on around you and realise this change. Whether it’s positive or negative, it makes no difference to me as I always try to move forward and focus on what I’m doing and what I’m pushing. If you can’t embrace change, then you’ll be left behind, it’s as simple as that.
Have you found the crowds that turn out to your gigs have been changing in the past few years?
For sure, they have gotten younger and there seems to be a lot more of a female presence within the music, which obviously is a positive thing for everyone.
The Vine of ‘your first trap tune’ that you tweeted recently gave us a cheeky little laugh – can we take that to mean you’re not a fan of the genre?
No, not at all, I’m into what’s going on in the Trap scene and love what Antiserum, Mayhem, Flosstradamus and the rest of the guys are doing and I play a touch of it in my sets. I was just having some fun, like I do with everything, that’s just my personality and needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.
What’s your daily routine like? Are you a ‘sleep all day, studio work all night’ person?
I don’t find it easy to go to bed early, so I prefer to work late, but this then means waking up late! I prefer working in the studio late night as that’s when I feel most inspired – when the city’s asleep.
What do you listen to when you’re not producing, or in your downtime?
I don’t listen to too much music nowadays, it’s more films, documentaries and my favourite comedy programmes – like Only Fools & Horses and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But when I do listen to music I can listen to anything and everything!
Alpha Omega makes use of a lot more vocals than most other dubstep production (and they’re not sliced and diced up) – was that a conscious decision?
It wasn’t a conscious decision, it was just about what sounded good to me. It’s the most vocalists I’ve ever worked with so it was a new challenge for me, as the sound is typically more instrumental based. I really enjoyed it and hopefully will get to work with a lot of those artists again on other projects.
What’s the next project on your horizon after this Australian tour?
The main focus is getting the next single out, which is looking like it’s going to be ‘Reach For the Sky’ feat. Diane Charlemagne, after that I’ll be doing a four track EP on Sub Soldiers, which will be all instrumental based tunes.
Caspa plays Bass Mafia Garden Party with ShockOne at ivy on Saturday June 1.