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London-based DJ/producer Caspa is an influential figure within the dubstep community, not only as an artist but also as the founder of several influential labels (i.e., Storming Productions, Dub Police, Sub Soldiers). Born Gary McCann and also known as Quiet Storm, the West London native got into drum'n'bass at a young age and took up DJing before ultimately founding the label Storming Productions in 2004, followed by the subsidiary labels Dub Police and Sub Soldiers. Caspa made his production debut in 2006 on Dub Police with For the Kids, a three-track 12" EP, and inaugurated his label Sub Soldiers the following year with his double-12" release Ave It, Vol. 1. Also in 2007, he collaborated with fellow dubstep DJ/producer Rusko on the high-profile mix album FabricLive.37. Billed to Caspa & Rusko and notably the first dubstep entry in the long-running series, the album was somewhat of a milestone for the fledgling British style. The following year Caspa & Rusko performed a DJ set at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival.
Caspa is the stage name of Gary McCann, a dubstep music producer from West London.
McCann's creative involvement in music began after a promising basketball career was cut short by a shoulder injury. Growing up, McCann cites Jungle and Hip Hop as his main influences. He received his first public attention when, his first track, Bassbins recorded under the pseudonym Quiet Storm, was picked up by BBC Radio 1Xtra's DJ Da Flex.
McCann has started his own label, which focuses on dubstep and grime artists. Storming Productions was founded in 2004 and then he joined Stingray Records in 2006. Around this time, he also began his own radio show on RinseFM. McCann also created an additional label Dub Police to focus specifically on Dubstep. Dub Police is composed of Rusko, L-Wiz, N-Type, The Others and more.
He has performed at a number of high-profile UK music festivals, including Glastonbury and Global Gathering and his release Back for the First Time has received widespread public attention, being playlisted on BBC Radio 1. He has also performed at many other notable festivals around the world such as Exit Festival in Serbia, Stereosonic in Australia and Lollapalooza in the U.S. Despite his widespread success, McCann still finds time to perform every two months at the renowned Fabric in his hometown of London.
His debut album Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening (album) was released on 4 May 2009 on Caspa's own label Sub Soldiers/Fabric Records and included an appearance from legendary reggae figure Sir David 'Ram Jam' Rodigan.
In August 2012, it was announced that Caspa and various notable electronic music producers would be featured on the Halo 4 remix album.
"War" was featured in the trailer for Kick-Ass 2.
In 2014, McCann moved to Denver, Colorado, USA. He cites Denver's music culture and friendly people as influential factors, although he is unsure whether the move will be permanent."Caspa "It’s just beats, bass and energy." One of dubstep’s leading producers talks hype, rubber chickens and not shooting hoops.", Dummy, 28 March 2009, retrieved 9 August 2010 "Caspa", Relentless Beats, Phoenix, 1 December 2013. Retrieved on 5 November 2014. "Caspa and MC Azlan to headline Jersey Live dance arena", BBC Jersey, 7 July 2010, retrieved 9 August 2010 IMO Records "Caspa Biography", IMO Records, London, 10 October 2011. Retrieved on 23 November 2011. http://mistajam.com/2011/01/03/caspa-interview/ http://www.discogs.com/Caspa-Everybodys-Talking-Nobodys-Listening/release/1748958 http://electrojams.com/2012/08/22/sander-van-doorn-alvin-risk-koan-sound-others-to-appear-on-halo-4-remix-album/ "Why Denver is a better place for an EDM star to live than L.A.", Westword, Denver, 20 March 2014. Retrieved on 5 November 2014.