Your EDM questions and answers: “System failure” – Caspa talks about his new EP, Ghost Town and the madness of 2020
With System Failure, his first EP from 2021, Dubstep Caspa seems to be doing everything possible to capture the craziness of 2020 while looking to the future. The second offering on his new Ghost Town imprint, System Failure, follows the heady, surreal mood of the Let’s Get Weird EP in December with minimal, factual beats and crashing bass drops.
System Failure was released a little over a month ago and is already making waves. The EP tracks “Buffalo Bill” and “Cut That” are among his top 10 most popular Beatport titles of all time. Still tinkering with his new Ghost Town label and some other potential projects, Caspa is just as focused on the music as ever and just as excited as the rest of us to get back to dancing. Read what he had to say on System Failure, Ghost Town, and 2021 as you listen to the exclusive “Cut That” stream below.
How did you come to the decision to set up your own business with a new label and found Ghost Town?
I’ve wanted to start a new label for a couple of years and after doing an EP with Bassrush and successful brand nights in LA and Chicago. It felt right to use the name to launch a new label. I wanted to build a new home and brand for my music and eventually my entire back catalog. I want to leave a legacy and this will be part of it.
What do you think you are looking for in terms of A&R with the new label?
Right now it’s just about releasing Caspa tracks only as I want this to be the basis. However, I will start another side label later this year as there is an abundance of talent and music around me. I’m good at picking out great tracks and identifying bangers, and it’s time to use that knowledge for next time!
They say your Let’s Get Weird EP was a response to the surreal quality of 2020 and System Error is about fighting back in 2021. How is that reflected in the music of the two EPs?
When you hear a track like “Sedated” from the Let’s Get Weird EP or “Broken System” from “System Failure”, I think you can hear what I’m trying to say. I / we are influenced by the environment we live in and this is just my self-expression of it. If you look at my 2019 EP ‘Psychotechnics’ it has a similar vibe.
“Babylon Bill” has a kind of wild west meets digital dystopia vibe. With this track, did you want to make some kind of nod to the times we live in and the idea that things are getting pretty wild out there?
It is interesting that you say that. I think a lot of people share the same point of view as you do. I chose Babylon Bill because it is an absolutely smelly bang! And it says everything I have to say, what I feel Definitely my favorite track on the EP. I think I’ll write a VIP for it!
“Broken System” seems to be exactly what the title is: the frolicking of a broken system that no longer serves anyone, but still stays in place. How did you get the sound to match that oppressive, threatening feeling?
I don’t know what you’re listening to, but I thought it would be a pretty uplifting EP! Aside from all the jokes, it’s meant to be empowering. Progress not oppression! Yes, they all have a theme and sometimes that can be interpreted as negative when in fact it isn’t, maybe it’s just honest. It’s a heavy industrial-style track, but manages to keep that dubstep filthy. I’m all about this mood!
A lot of these tracks have a kind of awkward, experimental, and minimal quality to them. What was the thought process to have such a dichotomy of sound here?
I wanted to write something that sounded just huge on a massive sound system, phone speaker, or in headphones. I wanted it to have a real cinematic experience with that stripped down, early dubstep sound.
After the EP’s journey, “Cut That” doesn’t seem so much an end as a beginning. Rally against this system Failure to build a stronger mood by violating and restarting. What did you want to cut out of the system?
First, all the tracks were written to crush a dance floor and give people a “bass face”. Second, a lot of people talk rubbish and as my 2009 album title said, “Everyone is talking, nobody is listening.” Fear can be a powerful tool. Everyone who has ever tried to talk to you in the club while you try to listen and enjoy the music. it is for her too.
While the message with System Failure is quite heavy and has doomsday vibes, it seems like a message of hope through music and creativity. Why do you think this is such an important message right now?
I wouldn’t agree with the term “doomsday” vibes, they are just an expression of the energy that is out there. Without the freedom of creativity, we cannot be who we are. We are here because we create. It would be like locking up a bird or cutting off its wings. It is important that we all have this right, because without it are we human at all?
What do you think when things reopen in the UK, US and Europe for safety to keep the music alive? Is there any way to find a balance?
If you put too much salt in the food, you will ruin the food, everything will be balanced – but let’s turn on the bloody speakers!
Are there any upcoming things you can talk about for yourself and the label in 2021?
Watch out for new music, live shows, and a cheeky stream in the summer.
System Failure is available now on Caspa’s Ghost Town label and can be purchased from Beatport or streamed from Spotify and Soundcloud.