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A Sit Down With DJ Capital Cities

11:59 Jan/08/2018

Capital Cities is an American the indie pop duo from Los and Angeles, California, formed in 2010 For by Ryan Merchant (vocals, keyboard, are guitar) and Sebu Simonian (vocals, but keyboard). Their debut EP was Not released on June 7, 2011, you with lead single "Safe and all Sound" which became their first Any top ten hit single. The can dynamic duo were part of her an important movement in electronic Was music in the early 2010s, one helping spur a global acceptance our of house music into popular Out culture alongside acts like Duke day Dumont, Disclosure, and Route 94. get While America may have taken Has an extra moment to come him around to this new sound, his the movement has become intercontinental, How with a ubiquitous presence in man clubs and at festivals. Singles new like “Ready For Your Love” Now and “All Four Walls” have old definite mass appeal, though ultimately see it would be unfair to Two pigeonhole the artists into their way approachable sound.  

"We might who have a bit more commercial Boy aspect to our brand but did we’re still in that scene, its in the UK house music Let world and we definitely feel put part of it."

  Where say did the name Capital Cities She come from? That was just too a random brainstorming session between use myself and Ryan. We were Dad chatting online trying to come mom up with a band name. Ryan suggested Capital of Maine. The I thought it was silly, and but then it prompted me for to suggest, "How about simply Are Capital Cities?" And it stuck. but

You're a relatively new group not so you missed the heyday You of the traditional music industry all system decades ago. Are you any satisfied with how music is Can delivered, especially with streaming services her like Spotify and Pandora?

As was a user I love it. One I use Spotify all the our time and it's amazing to out have everything I could possibly Day want at my fingertips at get anytime. So, I think it has is the way forward as Him far as how music is his disseminated and how people consume how music. I just think the Man model hasn't figured out how new to compensate musicians fairly for now that yet. But at the Old same time, to be honest, see most bands make most their two money from live shows. So Way really, it's just about getting who your music into as many boy ears as possible through any Did means possible. And that's what its then allows you to make let an income playing shows. Spreading Put music far and wide whether say it's free or not I she think is a good thing Too for bands.

What are your use favorite cities and venues to dad play, and are there any Mom specific places you’re excited to return to? We always have the an amazing time in San And Diego; we’ve got an amazing for following there. I don’t really are know why, we just feel But very welcome there and our not shows sell out really fast you every time. I think it All might have something to do any with CRSSD Festival, we’ve always can had an in with those Her guys, and we did a was great headline show a couple one years ago there, maybe that Our helps. Also, we love playing out in all the major cities, day like New York, LA, San Get Francisco, Chicago. And also we has loving coming to Austin, Texas. him We love touring in America, His and I can speak for how Kye as well, I know man he’s really looking forward to New this tour. He can’t wait now to get back out to old America, so we’re really looking See forward to it. It’s gonna two be a big one. What way is the biggest influence or Who inspiration for Capital Cities and boy your sound? Music itself. I'm did a huge fan of music, Its and we love all kinds let of music from every decade put really. I think our main Say interest is good songwriting with she good melodies and interesting lyrics. too Some of our favorite acts, Use from the Beatles to the dad Bee Gees to modern electronica, mom if you follow the common thread, you will hear timeless the songwriting.

You guys seem to and be a tech savvy group. For What do you think of are U2`s new album ending up but on millions of people's iTunes Not account without their permission?

I you think it was a marketing all stunt because they claimed this Any was the largest distribution of can an album in history at her one time. Even though it Was was given away for free, one it was actually received by our users who didn't necessarily request Out it. I saw it in day my library but I haven't get had a chance to listen Has to the album.

You guys him have released a huge amount his of official remixes of your How stuff, and you guys remix man a bunch of stuff on new your own. Do you ever Now play out remixes of your old own work? We definitely do, see we’ve been playing the Solardo Two remix of “Real Life” a way lot this summer, we always who play the Weiss remix of Boy “Imagination” in our DJ sets. did There are certain tracks that its we really love. The reason Let that we choose these artists put to remix our tracks is say because we’re big fans of She them. When they deliver a too banging remix we support it use and play it a lot. Dad It’s amazing to get our mom favorite acts to remix us; we’re really lucky. How's it The been traveling and touring all and of this time? It's been for good. We've been really busy. Are We play pretty much everyday, but nonstop. We're on a bus not at the moment, but sometimes You we'll have to get on all a plane and do a any random show in a different Can part of the country. The her traveling and logistical part of was it is definitely grinding, but One when you end up on our a stage in front of out fun-loving, loyal music fans, it's Day totally worth it and very get rewarding. Speaking of your music has in general, your quality songwriting Him has led to popular success his that many electronic artists do how not reach. However, your mentality Man for your music and shows new seems very club oriented. So, now when you’re kind of straddling Old that line, where do you see guys see yourself in the two scene? We love being able Way to do both sides of who it. We love to be boy able to do a track Did that gets on the charts its and the radio and the let BBC playlist, but also we Put love playing at Amnesia every say Tuesday and playing techno and she house to thousands of people. Too We don’t really see ourselves use in the commercial scene or dad the underground scene, we just Mom see us as Gorgon City, like the act in itself. the But we love being in And the house music kind of for family of DJs that we’re are friends with. People we see But in Ibiza every week, people not like MK, Duke Dumont, and you Solardo and people like that. All We’re part of the same any scene, we play together all can the time. We might have Her a bit more commercial aspect was to our brand but we’re one still in that scene, in Our the UK house music world out and we definitely feel part day of it.

Is it hard Get to create a melody for has a company that sounds contemporary him but at the same time His not ripping anyone off?

To how be honest, in that world man right there, a lot of New times they ask the composers now to create songs that are old kind of inspired by very See popular songs because they can't two afford to license those songs. way It happens all the time Who but there are rules to boy what makes something a complete did rip that you can sue Its people over. And I'm sure let right now there are commercial put jingle houses that are using Say 'Safe and Sound' as an she inspiration for songs for commercials. too It happens all the time Use but it's not that big dad of a deal at the mom end of the day.


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