As much of the music world is now aware, Benga has hung up his headphones and called it quits on his DJ career. This just a week before he was set to headline CTEMF.
“We have been in contact with management over the past days and are still awaiting an official statement, but unfortunately we can confirm that Benga will not be performing at CTEMF.” Says Duncan Ringrose, CTEMF founder.
He continues, “Although this is of huge disappointment, we are very excited to be able to announce UK dubstep/grime producer Caspa as the replacement act. If there was anybody that could be considered as important to the formation and championing of the global Bass scene it would have to Caspa. Officially we can confirm that Caspa will perform at CTEMF on Saturday 8th February 2013.
It is impossible to discuss the history of dubstep without mentioning the name Caspa. The London raised producer first stepped into the scene in 2003 when, under the pseudonym Quiet Storm, his track “Bass Bins” was picked up by BBC 1xtra’s J Da Flex. The following year, Caspa founded his first label Storming Productions, which soon became one of the dominating underground labels of the time.
Next, Caspa founded a sister label Dub Police, which featured successful releases from artists including The Others and Rusko. Dub Police has played a key role in breaking some of the world’s top bass artists.
In 2007 Caspa and Rusko were then approached by Fabric to mix the 37th installment of the FabricLive series; this was the first commercially available dubstep compilation and it played a significant part in bringing the genre into the spotlight globally.
By 2009, Caspa was performing at high profile gigs and festivals, including Glastonbury, Global Gathering and Exit. Today, Caspa is regarded as a dubstep pioneer and original maverick of the genre.
Last year he released a critically acclaimed full-length artist album, Alpha Omega that featured the appearances by The Prodigy’s Keith Flint, Ayah Marar and Diane Charlemagne. On top of his demanding international touring schedule Caspa runs a bi-monthly night at Fabric in London.
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