Common Audio are pleased to present a special guest mix from Compa (UK) ahead of his 2018 AU/NZ tour in partnership with Whatever Agency, this Monday 8th October at 7.00pm AEST (9.00pm NZST/9.00am GMT).
After an introduction to turntables along with drum & bass records in his early teens, Compa later found a college teacher of his producing music one break time, which lead to his discovery of music production software. This, timed perfectly as he stumbled upon ‘Midnight Request Line’ by Skream lead to an obsession with electronic music, Dubstep in particular. With his own music now to hand, he discovered dubplates. The discovery became a passion and paired with a growing record collection, his format of choice was cemented at an early age.
Following his debut appearance on Get Darker TV in March 2011, Compa released his inaugural 12″ single with one of Dubstep’s foundation imprints Boka Records, along with his infamous bootleg of Mavado’s ‘Dem A Talk’, and at the tender age of just 21, he signed to the institutional Dubstep record label Deep Medi Musik releasing his highly sought after dubplate ‘Alpha’ backed with ‘Narabeh’ in 2013.
Flash-forward three years and now a well traveled DJ, Compa remains true to the roots of the genre, armed with a deep bag of dubplates as he remains one of the only remaining vinyl and dub plate DJs in the underground.
Compa’s music has received acclaim from revered tastemakers such as BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Toddla T and MistaJam, Reggae and sound clash legend David Rodigan, Chase and Status (Ram Records, Mercury) and of course Mala (Deep Medi, DMZ) amongst others.
Compa continues to expand, launching his club brand ‘Compa Presents’ alongside Boiler Room TV to a live audience of over 100,000 viewers on the night along with setting his record label CPA Records in motion with a collaboration with Grime pioneer Footsie of Newham Generals with an aim towards diversifying as a producer.
Make sure to catch Compa at one of six dates across Australia and New Zealand this October:
THUR OCT 11 – Byron – Street Level Byron Bay
FRI OCT 12 – Perth – Bassbook
SAT OCT 13 – Christchurch – Subtle Sound System
THUR OCT 18 – Auckland – Beats People Movement
FRI OCT 19 – Melbourne – Dark Riddims
SAT OCT 20 – Canberra – Headz are Rolling