Caspa - "500"
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Caspa, founder of the 10 years old dubstep imprint “Dub Police” is presenting his third album entitled “500”.

“500 is about bringing the true London sound and environment to the fans. It’s not based on hype or facade, it’s purely rooted around the music, the soundsystem and the energy that is created. Just like how it first started, this can only be truly captured in an intimate environment. This is how dubstep should sound, but more importantly, how it should be heard. This is a movement, this is 500.”

Caspa explains that because the internet has such an important role in the current music industry, it’s important to do something unique and that’s why his album “500” is split up in 3 different episodes. Management-wise a very original and interesting concept. The solid combination between underground dubstep and excellent management makes us proud to be able to promote quality content of this calibre as an official outlet of Dub Police, but more important it leads the way for the future of dubstep, going back where it belongs, to its roots.

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The first 4-track episode has been released on the 20th of October 2014 via Dub Police, with “Submission” as our personal favourite. A track inspired and produced in respect of Denver’s well-established dubstep movement “sub.mission”, founded by Nicole Cacciavillano.

“I’m a big fan. It’s 100% Caspa. I stayed with Gary when I visited Europe last summer and we had many chats about the scene and the future. When I came back to London from Outlook, he played the tune “Sub.mission” for me and I knew from that tune that Caspa was about the show the world once again why he is the dopest ghost in town.” – Nicole

Listen to our two premieres, respectively taken from Episode One and Episode Two below, part of “500”, due to release on the 29th of June 2015.

“500 is an album I wanted to make that didn’t compromise, and allowed me to be completely selfish. I wanted to be in the studio and have fun. I didn’t want to think about who would like it, or where it would be placed. It wasn’t about making music to fill stadiums; it was about making music to fill basements. – Caspa

Each “500” episode will take you back to the dark sweaty subterranean clubs that this music was originally designed to complement. The full 14-track album is due to release on the 29th of June 2015. Below a little chat with Caspa himself.

Hey Gary! First of all congratulations with over 100 releases on Dub Police over 10 years, where did the name for your album “500” exactly came from? What is your personal favourite track of the album?

Thanks. Yes it was about making an album that would fit perfectly into the environment of 500-capacity clubs. I wanted it to have a real epic, cinematic feel that embraced that vision. I would have to say “80s kid” is my favourite track. I had a lot of fun writing it too.

We feel like, please correct us if we’re wrong, you’re known to the public for your rather heavier style in general. To see you going deeper on this album with tracks like for example “Submission” is definitely exciting. Are you making a statement with your third album release that the deeper sounds can be at least as exciting?

Yes it is a statement, although not a conscious decision to send a message. I was just fed up with hearing crap, bullshit dubstep. The album is still pretty dark and heavy, but that’s what I do, so it was time to show people how dubstep should sound – deep, dark and heavy!

A few months ago we noticed you mentioning on social media something like “Remember who has the balls to do it first” in relation to focus on the deeper UK-culture dubstep sound again. We feel like now the commercial hype is fading out, there’s room again for fresh music to shine through. Do you have any words about that?

The funny thing is so many artists made their career off the back of dubstep, but when its commercial appeal faded so did their faith. It annoys me because we are meant to have so many big producers/ labels and promoters who come from this scene, but not one of them have the balls to raise their hand and show they are still fully behind it, instead they’re just moaning. A lot of these artists are bandwagon jumpers aka radio bandits and I’ve lost a hell of a lot of respect for them. It’s not about how much money you get paid, or how many followers you have on social media, I don’t give a fuck because that’s all a mirage and you can’t hide behind it for long. At some point they’re going to run out of Lilly pads to jump on to keep them safe from drowning.

Could you try to explain briefly the impact you and mainly your label had on the dubstep scene since the early days till now?

There isn’t a more impactfull label than Dub Police in my opinion. The legacy of the label is cut into stone and that wouldn’t of happened without the great artists and people that carried our vision.

Is it safe to conclude you prefer to play in a small, dark, cosy club with some well-educated listeners and a proper soundsystem rather than at a big festival stage?

Put me in a small dark club with a huge sound system, that’s where I feel I’m at my best! I feel confident my sound and style can come across in any situation, from a festival stage to a big club, but I do prefer a more intimate environment.

Apart from your own Dub Police team, which producers are you keeping an eye on at the moment – which producers’ tunes should we expect to hear in a typical Caspa set?

To be honest I’m so fully locked into making music of my own I have my head down a little right now.
We do have some great new artists on Dub Police who are bringing a fresh new concept and style. Check out Variations and Notixx both recently had releases on Dub Police and have more coming!


For more information on tour dates and the album visit http://caspa500.com.