THE ODYSSEY OF KAI KASPAR

By Bill Rah

Dripping in sweat, he reached a monumental moment as he was spinning tracks. The club was packed and, the atmosphere was exceptional. It was a surreal moment supporting Mall Grab and Loods alongside All Good, Salary Boy and Chris Boyle.

Kai realised that creating and sharing music was his purpose.“It was a surreal experience playing outside, everyone was just having a good time. Massive shoutout to All Good for allowing me to be a part of it.” He has also supported Hammer, Patrick Topping and

Folamour. The German-born producer spent his coming of age in Springburn. His production is advanced considering his unknown status. He has been DJ’ing for four years and has been producing for half a decade just before he left high school. He is heavily influenced by Palsm Trax and will be releasing two remixes in 2021. 

Kai grew up listening to Rock and Indie before his little brother introduced him to electronic music. It took him some time to acclimate to the sounds. “I’ve become more in love with the sounds of electronic music.” He always had a penchant for music growing up, playing the trumpet and bass guitar.

He remarked his parents have “always been supportive” and encouraged him to pursue keyboard. His parents were subjected to bigotry during his childhood living in Barmulloch. The discriminatory experience resulted in “verbal abuse by people and being nearly deported.”

However, noted that “facing these challenges made us stronger individually and as a family.” What won’t kill us only makes us stronger. “My mum and dad are originally from Sri-Lanka. A small country just underneath India, but I was born in Germany, which shocks people.”

Society has built up attitudes where they assume minorities aren’t born in Europe. There are misconceptions surrounding minorities which circulate in social circles. Minorities are unequivocally underrepresented which is why Kai believes there is a lack of Black and Asian residents.

“Once there are more opportunities for people of colour then you’d see more people like me getting into DJ’ing and producing.” Minorities are more likely to relate to people with similar cultural roots. “The crowd will always be there for anyone who puts on a good show. It should be about talent, not race or gender.” Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

“I’d love to play in Glasgow, that would be special.” Despite the fact he has yet to make his hometown debut it won’t deter him from expressing his opinion. “I think promoters and clubs need to take responsibility to promote a more diverse line-up. They decide who plays, no one else.”

He would love to see a “more ethnically diverse line-up” contemplating how refreshing it would be rather than repeating the same artists. “For people, there are so many white DJs they can look up to and want to be like but when it comes to Black and Asian people there are not that many. You need to have someone that you can look up to and aspire to be.”

Black and Asian up and comers need someone to look up to which shows they could achieve something in the industry. Perhaps one day Kai Kaspar will be the one inspiring the next generation of Scottish selectors.

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