Who: J. Caprice
What: Real HOUSE Music for real House Heads
When: Friday 12.13.13.
Where: RISE at 247 Skybar on Meridian downtown
Why: Because he’s a badass and you do not want to live with the regret and shame that will unavoidably result from missing this show.
J. Caprice was kind enough to answer several burning questions; some of which were submitted by local fans like you!
AF: Waaaay back in 1996, what or who was it that inspired you to start spinning?
J.C. The person that inspired me most as a DJ was definitely Mark Almaria. He is like a house ninja the way he moves in and out of tracks layering beat after beat throwing in acapellas there is never a dull moment when Mark mixes. He is a true Mix master in my books.
AF: What kind of stuff did you start out playing?
J.C.: House Music has always been my thing from the start. I was really big into the Jazz/Funk/Disco/Jam Band sound so when I discovered House Music I felt right at home.
AF: How long would you say it was between the time you started playing and the time you actually made your own track?
JC: I started playing with programs around 1999 but really didn’t get into producing seriously till around 2007. I’ve always been a Fruity Loops guy and still to this day feel like it’s a very underrated program. I’ve tried out other programs as well but it seems like I always ended up back on FL. I’ve always said it’s not about what program you work in it’s about how you use it!
AF: What was the first track you ever made?
J.C.: Wow I honestly do not remember what the first track I made was called. The first track I had released was a remix I did for Kinjo in 2007 of Dave Allison’s Uptown Jazz and that’s the track that really kick started my career as a producer.
A.F. You’re from Indiana originally, but now you live in Texas….why did you leave us and what do we have to do to get you back?
J.C.: I came to Texas because I needed a change. My mom had joined the military and got stationed in San Antonio. I had the choice to stay in Indiana or to come to Texas with her and at that point in my life it just seemed like the right move. Don’t get me wrong I love Indiana and not a day goes by I don’t miss it. I’m very proud of where I come from and my roots but I honestly don’t think I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for making such a big change.
AF: You’ve worked with a lot of amazing artists such as Wattie Green, South of Roosevelt, Scrubfish; most of my favorite artists, really. Who is/are someone that you have not yet had the opportunity to work with but you’d really like to? Or a label you’d like to work with, etc.
JC: It’s been a blessing to work with all the talented artists that are on the labels. There are so many names I would like to see on Juiced or Home Again Recordings Digital (H.A.R.D) that have inspired me over my career. I would love the chance to sign some music from Cricco Castelli, Pound Boys, DJ Nekbath, Olav Basoski, DJ Rhythm, Deaf’N Dumb Crew. I’m not sure if any of those guys are doing things these days but it would be an honor to work with them.
AF: Tell us how, when and why Juiced Music and Home Again Recordings Digital came to exist.
JC: When 4Peace and I came up with the idea for Juiced in 2009 our main goal was to start a label that artist and fans could trust to put out a quality product. Home Again Recordings Digital was started with the same idea in 2010 but with more of a verity of sounds ranging from deep,tech,disco to jack . Juiced is pure Jackin House and that’s the way we wanted it to be from the start.
AF: Fan question submission time! “With the abundance of social media is it easier or more difficult to gain an audience?” I can see where either answer would apply. What do you think?
JC: This is a great question! There is an art to how you use social media it can make you or break you in opinion. You have to know how to conduct yourself in a professional manor. As a DJ/Producer/Label Owner whatever in the end you are a product a brand you have to market yourself in the right ways to make it work. Nobody wants to work with a Mr. Dither ! Be humble, honest, take some risks and above all be yourself and social media can take you a long way in any business.
AF: How did you get hooked up with Chicago House FM, and tell me a little bit about how your show came to be.
JC: I don’t remember how I came across the station but I’m very happy I found the CHFM Family. I have had a few different shows on the site over the years. The idea of a radio show I guess came from the fact that I was already practicing so why not broadcast it. If I wasn’t writing music I was spinning it so it just seemed like the right thing to do. Currently I’m not doing any radio shows because life has been so busy but I hope to start back up sometime in the near future.
AF: How much prep and work went into keeping the show as fresh and bad ass as you always have? Walk me through a little bit of your world in that sense; how do you find new music, prepare and decide what to play for the show?
JC: It was a ton of work doing the shows. I can be pretty picky about what I play so digging for music can be hard at times. It was a nonstop process of listening to promos and digging page after page on the music sites. I also never plan a set I’m very big on improve and just going with the flow of what I hear in my head as the mix comes along. Fun fact that a lot of people don’t know My DJ name comes from the word capriccio [from Italian: caprice] Meaning = (Music / Classical Music) a lively piece composed freely and without adhering to the rules for any specific musical form.
AF: That is awesome! I did not know that! One question I like to ask dj’s/producers is whether they keep up with the “latest charts” on sites like Traxsource and Beatport; how, or even IF, they keep up on what’s new in electronic music, and whether they use that in any way as any sort of guideline or influence when making their own new tracks.
JC: As I said before I really don’t pay attention to the charts. I find with a lot of charts it’s the same names over and over. I have mad respect for anyone in this business but there are so many talented people out there that if I just listened to what people find to be popular I would miss out on so much music. I also don’t do very many charts and that’s because I always make sure to label the mixes I put out. I would rather feature the tracks in a mix and make it more personal then throw it together on a site.
AF: What are your feelings about the quality and state of House music right now? What would you like to see in the future for House music?
JC: I think House Music has come along way over the years and I am very proud to be a part of it. In the future I would just really like to see more education on what the House Music sound really is and where it came from to the younger generation.
AF: What would you like to see less of and what would you like to see more of in the world of House music or even electronic music as a whole? For example, for me personally, I’d like to see less of the “vinyl v. serato v. controller” debate, less of the “Sneak v. everyone else” debate, etc. Sort of less in-fighting and squabbling over equipment preferences, etc. What do you think?
JC: It would be nice to see everyone work together and be supportive of the scene as a whole. We are the future of this music and we need to put our egos aside as artist and promoters and do what’s right to set the next generation up for success.
AF: Another fan question submission: “What is the first, or one of the tracks you ever really fell in love with, and why?”
JC: Cricco Castelli – Life is Changing has to be my number one favorite of all time. No matter how many times I hear it goose bumps. I have a ton of good memories attached to that track and every time I hear it I feel almost like a kid again.
A.F. Somewhere you’ve never played, but want to?
JC: This is a fun question and I think I may even surprise myself with this answer. I’m sure a lot of people would say somewhere over seas. Don’t get it twisted I would love the chance to visit another country but off the top of my head the first place that comes to mind is Smart Bar in Chicago. There is so much history inside that club and behind that name it would just be an honor to play on that system. (A.F. Sidenote…this is my favorite venue in the entire WORLD and I go there every chance I get! I loved this answer!)
AF: What/who are you listening to right now (new OR old) that you just can’t get enough of? Who are some of your current favorite artists, and also what people have inspired you the most in the past?
JC: There are so many names I could talk about that really inspire me as a artist. Currently I’ve been doing a ton of record digging and listening to a ton of old funk/breaks/disco/soul/jazz like The Meters, Eddie Bo, The Mohawks, Chocolate Milk, ABC Band, Houseband, Curtis Mayfield, Dazz Band, Zapp and Roger, Medeski Martin and Wood, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock. With More Current music in the House Music genre I really enjoy everything Arturo Garces, J-Fader, Petrus, Doc Link, Soul De Marin and The SoulMates have been doing. Those are definitely a few names that inspire me and make me want to step up my game in the studio.
AF: We are SUPER pumped to have you back in Indiana to play at RISE. Can you give us a sneak peak as to what we can expect from a J. Caprice live show?
JF: I’m pumped to be coming to play so big thanks to all that’s involved for making this happen! I guess if you would like a sneak peak at things to come you can watch a recording of a live show here @ http://bambuser.com/v/4056380
Come party with us Friday 12-13-13, and bring your dancin’ shoes!