“For me, playing in bands was really always all about the fun of it: throwing guitars around, playing way too loud, and putting on a performance. That’s a feeling that I try to continue in my music today, and I hope it shows.”
Gordon’s love for music didn’t start with electronic – his come-up was in jazz. He bounced from saxophone to blues guitar, to drums and piano, eventually finding himself playing in punk bands, pop bands, and even screamo bands. This is where one can find the heart and soul of Gordon’s music – by the influences that brought him to the point of Kapture. Sometimes it’ll get too loud, other times it’ll get too wild, but rest assured that a Kapture show will be a performance, and not one to be missed.
With an upcoming EP and opening at this years Socotra Festival, Gordon is your local electronic DJ that’s got a lot to offer. From talking about playing in punk bands to how to not freak out in front of 500 people, here are some highlights from our conversation.
What originally got you into producing electronic music?
Gordon – I’ve been a musician for most of my life, and always loved the idea of having a whole studio in my laptop. When I got to college I started diving heavily into the sounds of Bassnectar, Mimosa, Crookers, Justice, and deadmau5. Those dudes all really inspired me to start making beats, so I began teaching myself synthesis, sampling, and how to put it all together in Logic.
What personal motifs to you attempt to incorporate into your music?
I suppose I always try to instill the feeling of going on a journey. I like to write songs that have A, B, and C sections that play around a central motif or sound. In my live sets as well, I like to play with dynamics and often refer to the show as a sort of roller coaster: up, down, fast, and slow.
As a lifelong trained musician, what other forms of music have you studied and how does that tie into the music you create today?
I began playing music when I was about 12. I picked up the saxophone and studied classical and jazz. Jazz was my first true love, and it quickly progressed into blues guitar, as well as drums and piano. I’ve played in punk bands, screamo bands, pop rock bands; you name it. For me playing in bands was really always all about the fun of it: throwing guitars around, playing way too loud, and putting on a performance. That’s a feeling that I try to continue in my music today, and I hope it shows.
“IN VOGUE”, by Kapture
The scene is always changing and growing, but that’s no different than any other genre. Missoula has always had such a deep love and appreciation of music, and time and time again kids come out and show their support. I would love to see more people playing live electronic music, that’s really where things are going in a scene over-saturated with DJs. Live music is really what excites people, and dudes like Louie Meisner, Jason Wight, Elair, and Talus are killing it.
Got anything special planned for this year’s Socotra?
I do actually! This is the first time I am playing so many of my own tunes, all new material I’ve never played out before. I’ve spent more time putting this set together than any other before. I’m also fortunate to work with some incredible animators and designers at Pixel Eyes studio, and they’re preparing the visual aspect of my set. We also designed the stage this year; it’s most definitely going to be the best Socotra thus far.
What’s coming up next on the Kapture roster?
I’ve got my first EP almost completely done, so look for that soon. I’m planning a follow up EP, as well as a collab project/album with my good friend and emcee Elair. In addition I’ve got some festivals lined up for the summer, and I’m hoping to put together a Pacific Northwest tour!
I wasn’t born in Montana, though I often identify with this place more than anywhere else: I grew up here and discovered my love of playing music here. Everything I’ve made has been a response to my surroundings, and Montana has a ton of unheard inspiration lurking within. The culture here is unlike anywhere else I’ve been, and I find it truly beautiful.
What are two things you should do and two things you shouldn’t do when your on a stage in front of 500+ people?
Hmmm. Well two things you should do are take a deep breath, and remember to listen to and react to the crowd. Whether it’s five people or five hundred, their energy will guide the show.
Be sure to slow your mind down and breathe. Don’t get fucked up, and don’t over think it.
You’ve shared the stage with some big names – Zed’s Dead, Figure, Mt. Eden to name a few. What’s been your experience meeting and playing with such big names in the electronic scene?
The first time’s I played with “big names” like Figure and Mt Eden, I was super nervous and over thought it a lot. I soon realized that they’re all just normal people like you and me, who love playing music just as much as we do. As soon as you normalize that thought it’s really no big deal. Doing this stuff takes a lot of hard work, and I’ve only really just begun. I’ve been fortunate to have so many opportunities playing alongside such incredible musicians, and they do a lot to inspire me to keep pushing myself.
Any quotes that resonate with you, whether it’s in your music or your personal life?
“Where words fail, music speaks” – Hanz Christian Andersen
Kapture will be opening at Socotra 2017, this Saturday, April 22nd.
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This interview was produced in partnership with Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT).