Mario Späte (aka Badcop) is a producer / songwriter and award winning mixing engineer based in South Australia. Mario has worked and written with some of the biggest names in Australian music, toured internationally and his productions have received airplay on national radio here in Australia and the US.


Mario co-wrote and produced Tkay Maidza's break-out singles 'Brontosaurus' and 'Handle My Ego' putting her in the Australian conscience. Other artists he's worked with include; Urthboy, Woodes, Evan Klar, Heaps Good Friends, MANE, Wing Defence, Stellie, Nakatomi, Nicole Millar, KLP, Jake Stone (Bluejuice), Okenyo, The Land Below (Sweden), Towns, Allday and ARIA winning artists, Megan Washington and Montaigne. In 2018 Mario was signed to Origin Music Publishing , was the recipient of the 2018 Robert Stigwood Fellowship and won Best Engineer 2018 at the South Australian Music Awards.


His theatre credits include compositions for Patch Theatre, No Strings Attached, Restless Dance and the Adelaide Centre for the Arts. Co-founder of The Misery Children Theatre Company, the company won a coveted Melbourne Greenroom Award for their self devised show 'Mutzenball' and a Critics Circle Award for his score of 'Bash' and 'Sons & Mothers'. 

His work on the show '19 Weeks' received huge claim, with a sell out season during the Adelaide Fringe. It also received the top prize of Best Theatre 2017 and was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe and a season in New York. 

Recently he made his television debut, composing the score for Closer Productions ABC show, F*!king Adelaide