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Caspa and Rusko - Dubstep's Up

Author: Huwston
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Electro’s loss is Dubstep’s gain as Justice’s Fabriclive mix is put on hold and Caspa and Rusko’s Dubstep mix is released. 3D’s Huwston caught up with the duo to discuss the rise (and rise) of Dubstep.

When chatting to Caspa and Rusko at the very unfriendly hour of nine AM (for DJs, anyway), we got a few things wrong, but such is the charm of dancing to dubstep. You can follow the beats or the bassline, and for this rhythmically challenged white boy, you sometimes can’t find either.

Holding the mantle of the first commercially released dubstep mix is a fair achievement and the boys are pumped.

“I hate the word commercial, but I suppose it is the first commercial dubstep mix out there, although it definitely doesn’t sound commercial,” they say. “But as far as marketing and promoting it and getting it out to shops that have never had a dubstep mix CD in there before, it is. I think it’s going to take the scene and the sound and producers and promoters, everything about the scene…this mix is going to take it to the next level.”

Even though the sound is capturing the world’s attention at a dizzying pace, one wonders whether or not it could only be a brand like Fabric that could pull off such a feat.

“Fabric are well known in the genre for doing that, for putting out stuff where you might pick it up and go ‘Rah, I’ve never heard of them or that before…’ so for them to ask us to do it, it’s the perfect partnership,” they say. “They have been consistent in pushing different styles of underground music and have taken a bit of a gamble with this and put their neck on the line and hopefully it will pay off.”

Dubstep fever is sweeping the world, uniting hip hop, reggae and drum n bass culture and providing some of the more exciting nights we’ve seen in Sydney of late, and the boys have noticed a similar unification in other major world cities.

“There’s a whole new audience that are hip to it or then maybe there’s a bunch of people have read about it or heard about it or seen Skream on the cover of DJ magazine,” they say. “A lot of girls are getting into dubstep because of the energy and the clubs are getting fuller. It appeals to a wide range of people from your older sort of hardcore jungle-heads to your indie kids with tight jeans on.”

It seems like a reasonable comment, but as they explain further, pairing dubstep up with other sounds can again breach it to a whole set.

“Fabric [the club] have been doing things like jungle in room one, dubstep [in] room two or minimal tech [in] room one and dubstep [in] room two,” the say, which accounts for some of the fancy haircuts. “It’s appealing to everyone. We’re both going to a couple of countries a month, and this is before the Fabric CD is even out. Everywhere I go they have the records in the shops.

“It’s all over the world, really.”

Commending both dubplate and podcast culture as being reasons for the genre’s success, Rusko and Caspa are two incredibly lucky kids (at 22 and 25 respectively) to be at the forefront of this exciting new genre – the first of its kind since jungle spawned itself from the rave scene nearly 20 years ago.

WHO: Rusko & Caspa
WHAT: FabricLive 37 through Fabric/Inertia
WHEN: Out 12 December