Caspian on the Ephin move [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Rapper Caspian has been prevalent on the Vancouver hip-hop scene for about a decade. Now signing with a brand new record label, he’s ready to take his success Canada wide. While coming out to Toronto to perform at the famous Hard Rock Café, Caspian took time out of his trip to meet with HipHopCanada at the brand new Ephin Clothing store in Toronto. We discussed his take on Toronto, his upcoming show, and the future of Caspian music.
HipHopCanada: So we’re here at the Ephin store in Toronto… this must feel like a home away from home from you hey?
Caspian: It feels like I never left Surrey haha.
HipHopCanada: Tell us exactly what your affiliation with the brand is.
Caspian: My friend started the company and I was pretty much the face of it when it was first starting out. I would rep them during concerts and radio shows, I was one of the first guys to do that. I would say I’m part of the company, helping it grow.
HipHopCanada: So you’re like the spokesman of Ephin Clothing.
Caspian: Haha yes I am the spokesman.
HipHopCanada: Was this your first time performing in Toronto?
Caspian: Yeah it is. My first time performing here, it was great. I got to perform at the legendary Hard Rock Café. It was a good show; some fans came through and showed us love. I actually ran into some fans from Surrey out in the street!
HipHopCanada: That’s awesome. How do you like it here?
Caspian: It’s awesome. It’s big. I want to come out here a lot more.
HipHopCanada: What has been the highlight of the trip for you?
Caspian: Just being around and going different places in the city. The show was great.
HipHopCanada: Describe the difference between Vancouver hip-hop and Toronto hip-hop.
Caspian: Well I think Toronto has more of that east coast flavor, New York style. Vancouver has that west coast feel to it. Toronto is a big city and everyone is spread out. Vancouver is very centralized and you kind of know what everyone is doing at all times so to speak. I definitely think some artists from the east and west need to collab more.
HipHopCanada: What have you noticed that Vancouver is missing musically, and Toronto has, and vice versa.
Caspian: As an artist and being in the Vancouver hip-hop scene for over ten years, I’ve done everything I can in Vancouver. People know me and I’ve done the biggest shows out there. I’ve performed in the biggest venues so I think it’s time to come out here in Toronto and do what we did out there.
HipHopCanada: What was it like performing for a completely new fan base? With no familiar faces or anything like that…
Caspian: It’s all about building. A lot of people came up to me after the show and showed me love. It’s always great performing for new people, because now they are new fans.
HipHopCanada: Why is Caspian important to Canadian music?
Caspian: I’ve done a lot for the Vancouver hip-hop scene. I’ve put in my work. The music is good and I got my respect. Now it’s time for the next level!
HipHopCanada: So you recently tweeted that you were in the studio with Danny Fernandes…
Caspian: Yeah, every time he comes to Vancouver he gives me a call.
HipHopCanada: So were you guys making music together?
Caspian: He was making some music, I just came to hang out and support. See what he’s working on.
HipHopCanada: No collaborations in the works?
Caspian: There is some talks haha. It’ll happen for sure. It’s bound to happen.
HipHopCanada: Who else are you still looking to collaborate with in Canada?
Caspian: Pretty much my team. I want to work with them again. Like Snak the Ripper, Evil Ebenezer, people that are part of my Stompdown crew. We’re all pushing for the same goal.
HipHopCanada: Tell us what Flight Academy Music is. I’ve seen you tweet and mention it a lot in your social media.
Caspian: Flight Academy Music is run by my homie Citto that I grew up with. They’re a record label with a very dope production team. It just felt right to do business with a friend. When I became a “free agent” so to speak, it just felt natural to sign with him. We are going to make this label Vancouver and Canada wide.
HipHopCanada: Tell us about the show on April 5th, with Winnipeg’s Most.
Caspian: Yeah, April 5th is going to be a big show. We’ve moved a lot of tickets already. Winnipeg’s Most, myself, Snak the Ripper, Evil Ebenezer, Young Sin… the entire Ephin and SDK family. The venue is at the Troubadour in Langley. It’s going to be a great show.
HipHopCanada: What can fans expect from a live Caspian show?
Caspian: Get ready to get buck! The music I’m building right now is very big. When I perform in the club I want it to rattle the place, I want it to sound big in there. So a lot of energy, that’s what I’m going for.
HipHopCanada: What else can your fans expect from you next?
Caspian: The album is getting wrapped up now, it’s called P.O.P. We’re shooting a video as well in the next few weeks, so you guys can expect a lot of content. It’ll be for a new street anthem for our squad. It’ll be featuring Snak the Ripper and it’s the first time him and I have done something in like, ever. Other than that just keep checking me out at www.caspianmusic.com, and shout out to HipHopCanada!
Interview conducted by Christina Parihar @cparihar for HipHopCanada
Photography by Alyxx Moore @alyxxandraa for HipHopCanada