It’s hard to believe that Happa, the precocious producer who rocked the world of dubstep at the turn of the 2010s, can still be described as such. He’s only just enjoying his 19th birthday, yet is one of electronic music’s celebrities.
From the release of ‘Boss’ in 2012, which grabbed the ear of Mary Anne Hobbs and Loefah, his rise to stardom and artistic integrity was meteoric. Since then, he has released on R&S and Bleep, remixed Four Tet, and has started his own techno label, PT/5 Records. All this and he hasn’t even turned 20.
To revel in this disbelief, and to champion Samir Alikhanizadeh’s youthful genius, his friends are putting on a night to mark the occasion of his birthday. Treehouse is the promoter, specialising in UK underground music and stunning live visuals.
Funnily enough, another of Leeds’ finest electronic production exports Viers shares a birthday with Happa. Joining Happa on the bill and hot off his latest release on Len Faki’s FIGURE, expect some high-octane music from another one of the UK’s leading new talents.
This special birthday rave takes place at The Old Red Bus Station, which, if you haven’t been already, is a wonderful new pop up venue.