Capturing A Mind State In A 3 Minute Prison: Cap Hill Exclusive Q&A

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Check out the interview with Cap Hill exclusively on Rude Boy Lifestyle Magazine.

RBL: What is the meaning of your name? How did you get it and what is the significance?
Cap Hill: My name Cap Hill is actually very simple in nature. I’m from Washington, DC which is the US capital. My last name is Hill, so you get Cap Hill. Not complex at all. I didn’t give it much thought honestly. I don’t take myself too seriously.

Can you tell us about the music scene in your area? How is it like? How are the other artists?
There are two sides to the Hip Hop scene. One side, the majority, is quite predictable. Some guy wearing jewels and Louis Vuitton jumps on stage shouting bars about drugs, hoes, and violence over trap beats. Those guys usually get a buzz pretty easily in the DMV because that’s the common lifestyle.

The other side, the minority, consists of weirdos like Logic, Goldlink, Oddisee, RDGLDGRN, Chaz French, Layla Khepri, Brain Rap, and myself. The DMV is usually the last to catch on to us. Everyone I mentioned is killing it right now, but if you asked a hundred locals who they were you’d probably hear crickets depending where you are.

How did your friends and family first think about your career?
I’ve always been a pretty creative guy. I write screenplays, poems, stories, etc. I’ve directed music videos. I draw, paint, mold, sculpt, graphic design, tattoo, and cook – you name it. When people heard that I was pursuing music no one even blinked at the idea. It made sense. But I don’t think people expected me to actually be good or go far.

I get reactions like “Bruh! This shit is for real! You’re actually nice.” People are really honest when they’re surprised. As far as family goes, most don’t care. A few of my siblings keep tabs. My older bro has been my biggest supporter since day one.

What are some of your favorite brands out right now?
Rude Boy! I wear Rude Boy hats, shirts, jackets. Hell, I wear Rude Boy underwear. At night I brush my teeth with a Rude Boy tooth brush, put on my Rudie pajamas, and fall asleep on Rude Boy sheets. But on laundry day, you might see me in some tattered jeans and a band t-shirt. I don’t care much about my appearance.

Who are your top five favorite musicians right now?
My favorites change all the time, but as of lately I’ve been jamming to a lot of Jon Bellion, Raury, Ed Sheeran, Bibi Bourelly, and Florence + The Machine. I like artists who do things that I can’t/don’t do myself.

What keeps you going in this tough music economy? How has it changed you overall?
It hasn’t really affected me too much since I don’t appeal to any specific demographic. My fans are young, old, male, female, rich, poor, black, white, straight, gay, etc. There doesn’t really seem to be any barriers. I’m a strange dude making strange tunes for intelligent, open-minded individuals. They stumble upon me or they hear about me from someone. I have a great support system.

What are some of your focuses outside of music? Do you have family or other businesses around?
I’m an addict. Music is my primary drug of choice. I obsess over it. When I’m not creating it, I’m discussing, debating, or studying it while I do something else. I love watching The Walking Dead, Shameless, and Orange Is The New Black. I’ll catch a Wizards or Redskins game, or the occasional UFC fight. I’m a nerd, so I love to read and learn. But most times, it’s all music and art. I’m a simple guy.

What separates you from the next artist in the business?
I don’t govern myself with genres, trends, styles, etc. I’m not a slave to structure. I simply say what needs to be said when I feel the need to say it. I don’t care who I offend or if I’ll regret it or even if there’s a chance I may feel differently later. I just try to capture my current mind state and then I lock it away inside a 3 minute prison forever.

What advice can you give to the other small artists that are just starting out?
Don’t ever view yourself as small. Regardless of the level of success measured in money and fame, no other artist is bigger than you. And don’t become to cool to be a fan. Being a fan is what made you start in the first place. Be inspired. Be proud of those who inspire you whether they’re mainstream, underground, or even local.

Are there thoughts of signing to a major label or distributor yet?
I usually dodge this question. There have been a few close calls. I’m not sure if the time is right. I would need a label that’s willing to allow me to continue evolving. I don’t want my creativity to be stunted by attempts to make me a household name. I’m willing to wait for that or miss out on it completely in order to preserve the high I get from making honest music.

What do you think the future of music industry will look like?
The same. The industry is cyclical. Poor people start a movement. Eventually it makes so much noise that it crosses over and becomes popular. People can’t help but to segregate ourselves seemingly, so when the rich try to join in the poor let go. They surrender the craft to the rich and create something new. Happened with the Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Jazz. It’s happening with Hip Hop right now.

Where can we find you and connect with you? Can you tell us your social media links, etc.?
I usually post tunes on Soundcloud. I have a pretty popular Facebook page. I doubt if I can add anyone else now, but you can follow me on there for updates. I have an Instagram too, but it’s mainly for my visual art. I also have a Twitter, but I neglect it. My thoughts can’t be condensed to 140 characters.

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/caphillmusic
Facebook: www.facebook.com/capitolhilldiz
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwp-QxPLLeS4GT-BKcANnQ
Instagram/Twitter: @CapitolHillDiz

 

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