Whether they are referring to themselves as Pablo Dingo and Queen Zaza, Sugz and Potion or simply Eric and Delwin, Capyac are currently scheming world domination. We were able to catch their set at the Vera Stage (probably our favorite stage his year) at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, and were of course wowed by their modern contortion of traditional, treasured jazz breaks. With influences like Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea mingled with the likes of El Castillo and The Dead, this duo gave the audience a flamboyant bravado and sharp talent that drew even the most unsuspecting over to their set.
With style for days and the best possible performance to start off day three of the festival, we knew we had to catch up with them. From porta potties to pancakes, Capyac’s plan for world domination is something we can fully support. Check out what the future holds for “dance music with style.”
DOPE Magazine: I read that you all met in jazz band in high school, and you can definitely hear the jazz and funk influence in your latest EP. Who were your influences growing up? What artists made you want to join jazz band as a teenager?
Sugz: I listened to a mixture of Spanish Flamenco, Strunz & Farah, El Castillo, etcetera, and folk, rock music — The Dead, Willie Guthrie, Leonard Cohen. My joining the jazz band was really just because my orchestra teacher asked me to. I was a pretty shit student, to be honest, but it was a good experience.
Potion: Growing up, I listened to what my parents listened to — The Beatles, Bob Marley, Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads, Grateful Dead. In high school I had a few friends that introduced me to a wider spectrum of music. All the jazz greats, of course, but most notably Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea. Herbie Hancock remains my biggest influence as a keyboardist. Also, at the same time I was exposed to Daft Punk, Justice and the whole Ed Banger crew, which is how I got into producing electronic music in the first place.
I was in band and I remember purposefully playing the wrong things because I was upset the teacher gave me a clarinet instead of a saxophone. [Laughs]. What are some memories that you look back at and laugh about when you think about being in jazz band in high school?
Sugz: I was always really bad at bringing my music. I remember constantly having to re-copy the music before shows and what not. I can recall performing a piece and halfway through realizing I was missing the last page of music. I kinda tried to fake it, but at one point the soloist turned around and gave me this gnarly look.
Potion: Not jazz band, but in the symphonic band. I played percussion, and I lost my music in New York the day we were supposed to play Carnegie Hall. So, I can say that I improvised a snare drum part with an orchestra in Carnegie Hall. But there were only three people in the audience. My band director had really sold us on the trip. We were all very excited, and it was a bit disappointing to see this legendary concert hall so empty. I remember this as the first time I got scammed by a promoter.
Last year at Austin City Limits Music Festival you had pancakes made and served on stage. What inspired that? What is your favorite pancake topping?
Sugz: I can’t remember who had the idea. It was either Bean or Delwin. Regardless, it was brilliant and definitely well received. Someone told me that they got hit in the face by one of the pancakes thrown in the audience. I thought that was pretty great. As for topping, I feel like you got to go all in — butter, strawberries, blackberries, whipped cream, syrup. Why the fuck not?
Potion: I top my pancakes with that pure Canadian goodness, or sometimes just eat them plain if all that’s around is a bottle of racist corn syrup.
I noticed you guys entered into the #honeybucketselfie challenge while you were in Seattle — did you win the epic prize of a brand new Porta Potty?
Sugz: You know, they haven’t reached out yet, so it remains to be seen. I have a hunch we’ll win, though. Get back at us next year — these things take time.
Potion: Sugz is too hopeful. I feel rejected, and there’s nothing worse than getting dumped by a literal toilet.
I read that you guys live out of Texas now. Is that still true? If so, I’m curious: why Texas?
Sugz: We are based out of LA now. The band was started in Austin, though. Not out of any particular choice, it just happened to be where we both lived.
Potion: We met in Austin, and grew the band there. We owe that city and its communities a lot, in fact.
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You’ve said that you don’t just want to be musicians — that you want to do “everything under this umbrella.” So what’s next for Capyac? What do you hope to work on outside of music?
Sugz: We got some solid endeavors on the horizon. Musically, we’re slowly assembling our next album and a slew of remixes. From a show standpoint, we’re putting together a Surrealist Ball to be held in Austin at the end of the year. Outside of music, we have loose plans for a pickle line, castle festival, a monthly warehouse party in LA, and a bunch of other random stuff.
Potion: So many things! We’ve also done a lot of pre-production for a TV show, and we’re looking into revisiting our interest in fashion, after our last fashion line was so well received. I’d like to launch a furniture design studio. We’re working on putting together a quarterly art and culture review. I’d like to develop some machine learning-based music production tools. And as soon as we’ve got the money, we’re getting into the surreal estate game in a big way. I’ve got a large folder on my computer entitled “Capyac World Domination Plan,” but honestly, I’ve already said too much.
Originally published on EarthlingsEntertainment.com.