British electronic music artist Caspa makes his first visit to the techno hotbed of Detroit area next week — and he figures it’s long overdue.
“I’ve always wanted to play Detroit,” says Caspa, 25 — real name Gary McCann — who started making music after a fledgling basketball career, including a possible college scholarship in the U.S., was scuttled by a shoulder injury. “Obviously the history is big and it goes really deep — especially with people like Eminem, ’cause I’m a big hip-hop fan.
“So I feel the crowd there will be open to a lot of different sounds, which I’m up for playing to people. What I do isn’t really influenced by what came from Detroit, but I can see it making sense to people out there.”
Caspa specializes in dubstep, a minimalist, bass- and reverb-heavy blend whose impact comes as much from what’s left out of the sonic space as what he puts in — although he notes that these days his sound is “a lot fuller than it used to be.” This year he’s cut back on his remixes for other artists (past clients include Depeche Mode, Deadmaus and 30 Seconds to Mars) to focus on his own music, although he’s changing his approach to that, too.
“I kind of feel really strange about albums now,” explains Caspa, who’s released two singles, “Fulham to Waterloo” and “Neck Snappah,” this year. “I feel like people don’t necessarily buy albums like they used to, so I feel like I don’t want to do an album anymore.
“My plan for next year is to maybe do four EPs, basically four four-trackers throughout the year and put a new one out every three months. I think that lets you keep very current and fresh and keep things more accessible and fresher. That seems like the way forward to me for now.”
Caspa and MC Rod Azlan perform on Thursday at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $25 VIP. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.
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