Blood, Sweat and Bass

By Charelle Evelyn on March 13 2014

“It’s not like some cocaine-and hookers- all-the-time rock star life,” laughed Sean Casavant.


Better known in the music world as dubstep DJ Downlink, Casavant knows better than anyone that it takes more than a Beatport account to make a successful run of it in the electronic music scene. And a lot of that work goes unseen by the audience who might only think he makes his living from that period of time he spends in front of them DJing.

“No I’m at home working at least 9 to 5 every single day,” he said. “I’m at home, in my studio by myself drinking tea, making music most days. I don’t even have time to play any Halo.”

But put away the tiny violins, because Casavant isn’t complaining. “It’s a very busy life, a lot of travel but you get to do cool things.” One of those things was to record and tour with Korn and more recently as part of Destroid, a three-piece bass music band that put Casavant along with fellow B.C. DJ Excision and KJ Sawka into full-body robot suits that put Daft Punk to shame and have to be seen to be believed. “We were consciously looking forward as we did it,” Casavant said of Destroid. “We thought, what is something that hasn’t been done in this way?”

It’s that looking forward and innovation that helped propel Casavant to his top-tier status, along with some good timing.

“A lot of the rungs on the ladder have been filled up,” said Casavant, who’s unsure if he would have reached where he is now had he gotten into the game after dubstep had already taken off. “I think a lot of people starting out in this business they just see the glory… they want to be famous, or on stage or feed their egos or some shit. Some people, sure that might take them to the top, but most people have to genuinely love music and love doing it.” When he started immersing himself in bass music in 2007/2008, dubstep was a rare commodity in his hometown. “It wasn’t getting much reception in Prince George.” So, he turned to the Internet, talking to people from other parts of the world and trading tunes.

He moved down to Kelowna in 2009 where he still makes his home – when he’s not jetting off to the four corners of the globe – and where he launched his own record label, Uplink Audio, last year. Because the industry and genre has since exploded, it takes just as much effort and energy to stay established as it did to get there in the first place. But it’s an exertion that’s fueled by the love of music. “I would do this for free,” Casavant said.




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