The U.K.'s Caspa started in music way back in 2004. Those were the early days of dubstep, when the scene was limited to a handful of clubs around London, England. Mainstream acceptance was a few years off and Caspa's first gig paid 25 quid.
Now, he's considered one of the U.K.'s dubstep pioneers, who, was also the first high-profile DJ to play Maxx Fish's Really Good Tuesdays.
That was back in 2008 and since then, dubstep has blown right up, permeating the mainstream, confusing pop music purists and inspiring a generation of knee-wobbling 20-somethings.
At the same time, Caspa's brand of revved-up, gritty dubstep has taken to strange corners of the world. Despite the mediocre reviews of his 2009 debut LP, Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening, he's earned the respect of dubstep purists across North America and Europe.
Pique spoke to Caspa (born Gary McMann) recently while he was setting up for a gig at a London club. Gregarious and speaking with a thick Cockney accent that was just a little bit hard to understand, Caspa weighed in on the state of dubstep, the scene's origins in London and playing clubs in Kahzikstan.
Pique: Dubstep has become massive since you last played Whistler in 2008. How would you say it's evolved since then?
Caspa: I've seen it. I've been coming to America since the beginning of it all, and Canada, and I've just seen it grow, and grow, and grow. It's gotten where I thought it would be and it's just gotten huge. It's a respected genre, it's got a big following. It's cool to play now some of these clubs I played, like, three or four years ago because it's even crazier.
I love playing small clubs. They're my favourite. I'd rather play smaller clubs than big clubs. It's just so intimate. There's the energy and people can be like two feet away from you when you're DJing. It's great.
Pique: What was the scene in London like when you first started out compared to now?
Caspa: Over here, it started in 2001 to 2003. In America, I've been playing clubs since 2004 - no, 2005. I mean, then it was still small. It was tiny still. People didn't understand it. There were a bunch of heads that knew about it from the Internet, but it was very, very small. It just got bigger and bigger and bigger and had some great people behind it in America.
Pique: Do you like what's happening with it?