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!
Born in a meth lab deep in the hills of Tennessee, Wattie Green was found and raised by a pack of coyotes; one of which only had three legs. Wattie later took up with a band of nomadic gypsies who formed a band and made their living selling magic tonics and some taxidermy on the side. After a falling out with the gypsies, Wattie staged a rebellion and fled in order to single-handedly create the EDM subgenre of “Cave-Rave.” Dj’ing since ’99 and producing since 2004, this spelunking, multi-instrument playing, jazzy swing house producing phenom moves the crowd wherever he goes. Wattie’s vinyl and digital releases on Flapjack, Spatula City, Juiced, Knocturnal Emissions, Serial Sickness, Funk Mansion and Coyote Cuts have topped the charts of Stompy and Traxsource. Come check out how he has redefined the swing house sound with his nuskool/oldskool jackin’ feel.
Mojo/AF: So, what kind of stuff did you listen to growing up as a kid? What was the first tape/CD you ever bought?
WG: My dad played music. He had a bluegrass band and I liked that stuff. I also liked classic rock and Motown. My mom’s from Detroit and bought all these Michael Jackson records and Motown music.
I started playing guitar at 10 or 11. I played early alternative rock stuff like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Sonic Youth was a big thing for me; different kinds of punk rock, commercial punk stuff like Bad Religion and Butthole Surfers… Then at 14 I started going to parties with a fake ID.
AF: How did you first get into “electronic” or house music?
WG: Going to underground shows in Nashville, Memphis and Atlanta as an early teenager. They would be featuring Chicago house djs and drum and bass stuff from the east coast, and some west coast. Paul Johnson Derrick Carter, strictly Jazz Unit Crew like Vic Lavender, Glen Underground; and at that time, it’s embarrassing to say now, but Bad Boy Bill and Humpty Vision– that was hot shit in ’97 and ’98. Terry Mullin, DJ Dan– these people were all at parties that I was trying to sneak into. People like Farina, Sneak and Carter, frequented Nashville, Atlanta and Memphis … around 99. We’d go all the time on weekends, missed a lot of school…
I first got turntables when I was 15….I got them for Christmas and had those until I was 18, and I convinced my parents to use a small college fund on Technics at 18 and I still have them. That’s basically all I have.
AF: What was the first track you ever made?
WG: In 2009 I finally released some stuff. I’d been trying to make tracks for 4 or 5 years but wanted someone to release them on vinyl, but most of the people I sent stuff to were not willing to do vinyl. But, eventually Frankie J agreed to release Sea Lion Woman on Flapjack. I made some tracks for Juiced Music in 2009 and 2010 I gave them several tracks. Flapjack and Spatula City and Juiced Music in 2009 and 201 were my first releases… I was the 2nd release on Flapjack. (A.F. sidenote to readers. This blows my mind and I have to take a moment to collect myself and get my breathing under control again, as this is a huge fucking deal….)
AF: Do you keep up with the “latest charts” on Traxsource and Beatport and the like? How do you stay current on what’s coming out, or do you; and do you use those as any sort of guideline when you’re making new tracks, or do you just not care and do your own thing?
WG: As a DJ I’m supposed to, but I really do not. I don’t keep up. Every now and then I go through the top 10 or go to the Jackin’ top 10, and be like “I know that guy”, or I already have it or I ask them to send it to me… I only play stuff that people send me. I don’t pay attention to those websites… I play them when I get promos, but most of the good stuff that is top 20 in the genre I get most of it already, People are putting out stuff I love, but I hit them up and ask them….”Here’s my new thing, let me get that one thing.” I really don’t keep up with all that stuff, I’m lucky if I get on line for 20 min every day… I am blessed that people send me promos… The only stuff I play live is the stuff people send me or stuff that I’ve made.
AF: So what’s up with this cave stuff?
WG: Actually – me and my grandfather and my father, our pastime was to hunt for arrowheads…this was in Paris Tennessee, there is this land between lakes and between the rivers, and we’d find cave openings while hunting for arrowheads. In middle Tennessee, we have some of the largest concentrations of caves in the US. I took up caving and repelling, well it’s been over 10 years that I’ve been doing that. I’ve been members of caving grounds, it’s a big hobby of mine. There are about 400 different caves I’ve been to. I’m a member of Tennessee Cave Survey, Georgia Conservancy and Alabama Cave Survey. I am in this group of people who take notes and when they find caves they turn in coordinates and map them; it’s a big thing where I live. A couple times of year we get together and share new information and digital information about new caves found, There are 11,000 caves in TN alone; they have more than any other state in the US. So, it’s not only like a family tradition, a lot of my friends and I did that straight out of high school as a big hobby. I grew up in west Tenn. there aren’t any caves there, but my grandparents were from Paris, and that’s where the caves start and we’d go canoeing down rivers and look for arrowheads and I went out on my own and took my friends and it was our hobby. There are lots of caving groups in upper Cumberland grotto, in the college town I live in. I don’t do it as much as I used to, but usually when I do, it is revisiting things….so yeah, it’s been a family tradition and one of my major hobbies. (WATTIE:
AF: If you had to go spelunking with any people from history, musicians, actors, artists, etc., which 3 would you choose?
WG: You, Thomas Barr, who wrote the original book Caves of Tennessee in 1961 and Hunter S. Thompson, Robert Anton Wilson.
AF: What inspires you to make new tracks? Is it methodical and pragmatic for you, or do you just kind of go with the flow and create as it comes to you?
WG: I just spend time digging through old music, researching who, or what guy from this genre jazz or disco or whatever, search for other people like them, dig through old music, find something that lends itself to house music then I use it. I spend time researching and learning about old jazz, funk and disco music and when I run across something that lends itself to house; I try to work it in. The library of Congress Recordings from the 20’s-60’s have been a giant influence to me… Alan Lomax is a big influence to me; one of the first people to do field recordings for Library of Congress. Anything from jazz to bluegrass, the type of stuff I do is directly motivated and influenced by super old stuff I come across digging through old obscure things from folk to blues to jazz to funk and disco. I try to go back and do something better that’s already been done. I have a lot of respect for people who can make house music without using any samples from old music. The main things people know from me and that I’ve had the best results with, it’s from is digging through old house, disco and funk music.
AF: Coolest show/venue you’ve ever played?
WG: Earlier this year in San Francisco at the Monarch with Mark Farina…this place was giant and packed and I got to rock…The Smart Bar in Chicago last year with Frankie J .and the dude that owns Gramaphone and South of Roosevelt. playing Bonnaroo, guitar on the street outside the big stages and bass… and it’s like right down the street from my house….
AF: Place you’ve never been/played but really want to?
WG: I’ve never played anywhere in the pacific northwest . Seattle or Portland or Eugene…
AF: Your biggest musical influences. Name as many as you want.
AF: If you could play a show with anyone, who would it be?
WG: Miley Cyrus. Well….(I laugh hysterically) I’ve gotten to play with most of the people I wanted to… I’ve played with Sonny, Mes, MarkFarina, Sneak…. so Daft Punk or Basement Jaxx or Green Velvet or Cajmere….
AF: Wild Turkey, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam or Makers Mark?
WG: Yes please… (Wild Turkey).
AF: What’s up with the debt ceiling debate?
WG: During the government shut down, the only national park in TN was closed down and that sucked…I would rather not speak on that.
AF: What’s up with Obama care?
WG: I have no idea; I don’t know what to say about the debt and I don’t even know what you just said.
AF: Is there any track or record you’ve done that you’re MOST proud of or that means the most to you?
WG: I used to ghostwrite for Jodeci but they never gave me any royalties and we don’t speak anymore, I also was an original member of Menudo, but due to personal differences we don’t talk anymore. I guess the ones I put out on vinyl with Flapjack and Spatula City.
(AF Note to readers: At this point I was laughing so hard I almost peed on myself)
AF: Someone you haven’t ever seen perform, but really want to; name up to 3.
AF: Three artists/djs/producers who are rocking your world right now; doesn’t have to be “new” and doesn’t have to be any specific genre.
WG: Mark Funk, my young buddies from Philly: Maggs Bruchez, Oh and Geraldine.
AF: If you could take private lessons, on any instrument, from any musician–past or present–who would it be and what instrument?
WG: I’d want to take banjo lessons from Earl Scruggs
AF: Anything to tell the people as to what they can expect from your show at RISE?
WG: Expect to see me get half way drunk, and then completely drunk afterward. Yeah, I’ll be playing my stuff and playing stuff from labels I’ve been on, the labels I’d like to be on. Expect jazzy funky disco house music; that’s what I do.
One of my favorite Wattie Green tracks, “We Can Funk”
See you at 247 Skybar this Friday night 10:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Don’t miss this monumental night!
Volume 22 of our Collective Sessions mix series featuring Nashville, Tennessee House Music Producer, Wattie Green! Wattie’s vinyl and digital releases on Flapjack, Spatula City, Juiced, Knocturnal Emissions, Serial Sickness, Funk Mansion continually top the charts of Stompy and Traxsource. If you like house music, this is definitely one for you! Check it out and share with your friends!
1. Henry Truvillion – Possum Was An Evil Thing
2. Mark Funk – Lady Bug
3. Wes – Make With The Names
4. Dj Mes & Sonny Fodera – Freaks On The Floor
5. Paul Johnson – The Hole Is Mine
6. Deaf N Dumb Crew – Fuck Shit Up
7. Fabio Bacchini – It’s Alright
8. Slater Hogan & John Larner – Hipshaka
9. Will Jax – Somethin I Need
10. Dixie Yure – By Defection
11. Flapjackers – Magic In Your Eyes (J’s Drivin It Mix)
12. Wattie Green – Brasilian Heat (Bryan Jones Mix)
13. Wattie Green – Brasilia
14. Frankie J – When It Get Hot
15. Jason Jinx – Your Love Has Captured Me
16. Maggs & Bruchez – Baby Be Mine
Artwork by Nicholas Love Visuals