Friday, July 16, 2010
NT-You have kids, what type of music do they really enjoy listening too? The Critter Kids?
Yes, 3 kids. Olivia is 10 and she likes Michael Jackson and Lil' Wayne, she also love's The Critter Kids album, she did background vocals on most my songs and even helped with concepts and writting some lyrics. Corbin is 3 and Alyse is 4 months old and they like whatever daddy likes.
NT-The critter Kids was a cd you recorded for a school right and the kids that went there? How did that come about?
CAP-A-Scratch's mom is a 1st grade teacher at West Salem Elementary School in LaCrosse WI. They wanted to raise money to help preserve a forest near the school, so we made a kids cd with an environmental theme. They incorporated it into there classes and even recorded the children, then sending A-Scratch the accapella's to use in the songs. It was a very fun project to be a part of and I plan on making another one in the future, actually collecting beats for it right now. Kid's love dope Hip Hop too.
NT-What groups or bands are you really digging right now?
CAP-I've been really into Jedi Mind Tricks lately and really digging what i've heard from Yelawolf. Also like what I've heard from Chief Kamachi, Slaughterhouse, Braille, and Deep Space5 lately.
NT-What's your cd/record collection like?
CAP-Diverse. Everything from System of a Down and Pantera to Oldominion and The Shapeshifters to Roger Miller and Elvis back to some Too Short and Lil' Wayne. I have a new found love for old country music too.
NT-Who were some of your inspirations in your early years? Who, after listening to it really made you decide to make music?
CAP-Run-DMC,The Beastie Boy's, L.L. Cool J, Slick Rick to name a few. The way it made me feel after hearing it was AMAZING!!! I'd say anything out on Def Jam in the 80's inspired me to make music. Cypress Hill is another group that inspired me alot when I was younger.
NT-Who do you think is the one producer or Emcee changing the game like he or they see fit, the way they want it without giving a damn?
CAP-As for a producer I've really been feelin is Jake One, Factor, and Dj Muggs has always been a favorite. And for Mc's I'd say Joell Ortiz and Braille but there are so many more. I think Ahmad's gonna come back HARD!!! locally I've always liked Bigg Jess's beats and don't sleep on Jaron of Westend Productions.
NT-In your mind is there any one or two records that is absolutely perfect or damn near close?
I used to think Cage "Hell's Winter" and El-P "I'll sleep when you're dead" but I'm not sure anymore??? I really think Devin the Dude's first album The Dude is pretty flawless and Outkast ATLiens is one of the best albums I've ever heard.
NT-Is there anything about those album(s) that you know they just "got it right"?
CAP-Down to the beats, rhymes, styles, hooks everything something you can rewind a million times and say" did you hear that" and it never gets old.
NT-Do you have any "desert island" records to share?
CAP-I couldn't do it. Maybe some old 60's music.
NT-What equipment are you working with in the studio?
CAP-I use a pen and notebook but also use a Bluebird microphone, M-Audio Profire 2626, Reason/Record, MPD32 and vinyl.
NT-Could you describe your music-making process?
CAP-Spontanious. I write what I feel and what I see. I freestyle alot and come up with lines or choruses, but usually let the beat lead me. Sometimes I write on the spot and sometimes I meditate on a song for a few weeks. I like to write stories. Sometime's I like to just go in the studio and pull up a random beat and just rap.
NT-How did you get hooked up with Awol One to record the Marilyn Handsome record?
CAP-I think it might of been 2006 when I met Awol through Dan at 10K Breaks. We recorded "12 step program" for Blind Cinema Sessions then did a show at the Dinkytowner and the next day went out for breakfast with Cheap Cologne and came up with the idea to record "Burnt Toast" off the Demise of Marilyn Handsome album. Then at a later date, maybe a year and a half later I went on a small midwest tour with Awol and Ecid which let us build more. We recorded the MH album in 2 days inbetween shows at Cheap Cologne's spot. I got to collab with some of my favorite underground artists on this record.
Marilyn Handsome - Burnt Toast
NT-How have people responded to the music you've have been making?
CAP-I think I've gotten a good responce. I think the music I make can appeal to all ages and people who enjoy all kinds of music. Atleast that's what I hope for.
NT-Is there any surprises or a record in the works right now?
CAP-I'm constantly recording and writting inbetween my busy life as a husband and father.....I formed a group with producer Jaron from West End Productions called "earlybirds." We have 50 some tracks lying around from the past year and a half, a nice chunk of them will make up our album called Collidoscope which is a mixture of potions we concaucted in the labratory to hit a wide variety of styles. Some of the others will make up a free EP that you can download soon after Collidoscope is released called Not Quite There. Look for that end of summer/fall. I'm feelin crazy thinkin I need to make more songs HA!
I recently released a mixtape with A-Scratch called "I'm the Dj, He's the Rapper" This is something I've wanted to make for years. I wanted to help create a mixtape with more focus on the Dj and even mixing some personal favorites that influenced me as a child.
I also plan on releasing a internet download for the publics ears called Eight and a Half Months which is a bunch of songs I recorded at Phingaz studio in 2008 that are personal and capture that time in my life. This will be my last solo release as Capaciti. Future projects will be with various groups and as earlybirds.
earlybirds - 88 bpm
NT-Are you picky when it comes to working with another emcee or producer?
CAP-Yes, sometimes?? not really, kinda!! I like someone who has a good work ethic, has raw rap abilities or production, open to acting a little bit strange and can be real on the m.i.c. and isn't afraid to show who they really are.
NT-Is anyone producing for you in particular right now?
CAP-I work with Jaron and A-Scratch right now and i'm very content with that. I always enjoy hearing other producers though.
NT-Have you been getting good press recently? Any blogs been a buzz with you lately?
CAP-No press recently. I haven't released much lately, but stacking up alot of songs ready for release very soon so hopefully a buzz will be caught.
NT-What's the perfect crowd to you?
people who listen.
NT-Do you have any shows coming up or tour dates?
Not as of now, but been working on a few, so keep your eye's peeled.
NT-What's your take on the internet, has it helped or hurt you in terms of reaching an audience or making your money?
CAP-I miss the day's when people actually bought cd's. I like the hand to hand combat of it, the interaction. I think the internet has made cd sales decrease and that's sad......BUT....on the flip side I ultimately want
people to hear my music so if someone downloads my album THAT'S DOPE!!!
NT-Where can people go to hear and buy your music?
Best way is to hit me up at email@example.com or myspace.com/earlybirdrap. I'm also at Cheapo, Fifth Element and Itunes. Add earlybirds on Facebook and myspace.
NT-Last question...when you hit the venue, what drink is getting ordered first?
CAP-I get a sprite, never really been a drinker.
NT-Anything else to add for the readers? Any shout outs?
CAP-Just to keep a look out for the new earlybirds record. "Collidoscope." Joe Wabs (Project 13) the 3rd member of earlybirds for playing bass on alot of our songs and peace to Big Jess for laying a inspirational verse for the new album, thanks. Shout out to No Team In I and Rock Box Blog for giving a place to put music up for download. I love you all!
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