Classic Wabaso was born in Tema, Ghana, West Africa in 1979. He moved to the UK with his family a year later making Tooting Broadway, South London their new home. Classic Wabaso remains a true South Londoner to this day. However, his Ghanaian roots are ever present in his diverse and eclectic sound; the foundation for his love of music, big beats & drums.
Classic first picked up the decks back in 1997 when his older brother constructed a homemade sound system which they soon put to good use hosting all night House parties. These infamous parties were synonymous with a superior sound, and it was at one of these parties that Classic played his first ever live set.
Classic was born a DJ, showcasing his musicality & dropping large House & Garage beats at venues all over South London. With a growing fan base who loved his unique sound, Classic launched himself into the London Pirate Radio scene starting with a resident slot on House station Supreme 96.1 aka ‘S.Dance’. He soon gathered a hard core contingent of listeners, who tuned in every Sunday to listen to his live shows.
It was through the London pirate radio scene that Classic embarked on his first big label project with Def Jam, collaborating with their first UK signing, the artist Aaron Soul. Classic went on to become Aaron Soul’s exclusive tour DJ, and was soon supporting Aaron to the now legendary and Iconic UK professional studios making sounds with the likes of ‘Soul 2 Soul’ & ‘The Artful Dodger’.
It was during this time that Classic’s love and knowledge for digital composing grew and he opened his first Functional recording studio in Bermondsey South London, 2003. During this period, Classic studied for a degree in ‘Music Production & Sound Design’ at South London’s Soutbank University, graduating with a BA Hons. It was whilst studying here he launched the University’s first ever online digital radio station. With a hunger to play live, he organised tours to Andorra ski resort putting on some serious mountain top parties. Classic would broadcast live from the mountain top for 5 days straight, and then go on to host and DJ at parties throughout the night.
In 2010 Classic became ‘Classic Wabaso’, a Ghanaian term used for “encouragement in a positive manner”. This was in recognition of his Ghanaian roots, his musical roots. Classic Wabaso debuted his new name at the infamous ‘Egg London’ playing alongside the likes of Tom Clark, Jens Bond Alex Bau, Ahmet Sendil.
In 2012 Classic Wabaso launched his own House brand ‘Drop Zone London’. Now known simply as DZ-1 London, the brand was supported by exclusive launch parties all over London with hosted nights at POW Brixton, Egg London’s Apothecary Bar and the now legendary after party at club Aquarium.
DZ-1 London, the brand had launched
Classic Wabaso followed the success of DZ-1’s launch with the creation of a new record label, ‘DZ-1 London’. Classic Wabaso’s vision for this record label was to showcase and provide a platform for new talent and artists across the Euro House Music scene.
DZ-1’s first release arrived on the 24th of April 2014 with the release of ‘After Dawn’
produced by Classic Wabaso and resident in house producers ‘Deep fried Pieces’, swiftly followed by trending track “Crazy”.
DZ-1 London is now distributed in over 35 digital retailers such as Beatport, Juno, Trackitdown, ITunes, Spotify you can even Shazam DZ-1 London. With further release planned for 2015….Watch this space!
In October 2014 Classic Wabaso took the London House scene by storm launching a monthly Sunday daytime party for irreverent, diverse crowd with a serious new arts vibe…
MAZI had arrived.
Hosted in collaboration with Classic Wabaso’ s event partner “Wicked 7 Network, MAZI is hosted in an exclusive glass cube venue called Plateau, in the heart of Canary Wharf Tower.
With spectacular view, Plateau is transformed once a month into a superior club entertainment space powering Sound Systems in two rooms for MAZI’s loyal following of sophisticated lovers of House music. The venue is the only Canary Wharf venue that houses a built in retractable glass roof terrace.
Mazi is now in it’s 6 month, bringing Art, Live Music and Sound together under one roof. With resident live sets from Classic Wabaso himself and guest DJ’s such as ‘Miky J Stelo’, Francesco Poggi, Mr ‘Ivan Iacobucci’ (straight from Berlin) and the great Sir Colin Dale, MAZI promises to be the party of 2015. Don’t miss out….
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