A conversation with Captiva

Hey Music For Lunchers, I have another interview for you! This is a pretty cool because these fellows reached out to me. The drummer in Captiva (see below) also was the drummer on Connor Leimer’s (remember him?!) EP ‘Like It’s June.’ I hope you enjoy their answers below with some of their personal antics about detention, some of their favorite musical picks and how they made it to SXSW this year!

After listening to your music, I feel like it could fall into several different categories! “Dreamscape” is a perfect example of the multifaceted sound Captiva has. This is a weird challenge and may take some time but I think it’ll be fun! Can you describe your sound/nature of your band words (adjectives would be best but other types of words are fine, too) that would spell out “CAPTIVA?” For example:

Creamy Artificial Pronounced Tenuous…get the idea?

Challenge accepted: Charismatic, Avant-garde, Provocative, Tasty, Individual, Vibin’, Antic

By the way, I think “Dreamscape” is my favorite song.

Well, you’re awesome. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our new single ‘Illusions’ that comes out on Monday!

 Here that you all! That means TODAY, MONDAY, they’re new single, “Illusions” is out! Check it out here:

Anyway, full length album after a year of being a group. Is that NORMAL?! Tell me two of the most wonderful things and two of the most difficult things that came along with becoming a cohesive group AND putting out your full length album ‘Basement Creations’, in your first year of existence.

 Depends on your definition of normal! Hmm… the things that are most wonderful about being Captiva are undoubtedly 1.) the brotherly bond that holds us together and 2.) being able to create music that allows us to express our emotion. Nothing beats groovin’ together. But there are some obstacles that come with recording for long periods of time, like maintaining our momentum in the studio, and ensuring that we are always mentally and physically prepared for each session, performance, or rehearsal. There are going to be challenges when you are working on your sound constantly, but that’s half of the fun!

Can each of you fess up and tell the rest of us what YOUR favorite song is of your material and why? This is your chance to brag!

Patrick: ‘Christening the House’ has a poppy funk sound like none other. It’s the first song JJ and I wrote and it’s structured in a good way.

 Jackson: ‘We the Kings’ is one of our most intricate songs and it really displays our versatility as musicians.

 Hank: ‘Buzzed Like Bees’; Can’t beat the funk. If I had to choose from our new tracks, ‘Illusions’ would be my new favorite because it’s a complete evolution of the old Captiva.

 Murphy: ‘We the Kings’ has many various changes in the song that make it enjoyable to perform, and the guitar melodies are interesting.

How did Captiva come to be? You only get three sentences ;o) But really…and one of those sentences must explain the origin of your name, Captiva. Fine, make it five sentences, but that’s it!

Captiva actually began in detention. Patrick and Hank (surprise, surprise) were taking out trash after school when they both realized that they had similar interests in music. Funny enough, Captiva used to be an acoustic duo, and were featured on the same page of the school newspaper as Hank. That’s how the connection was made, and once all three of us had gotten together after school to play some music, it just clicked. Then, we met Murphy and he could groove perfectly. ‘Captiva’ is really just a word that we all like, and ironically, is the name of an island in Florida, which complements our ‘beachy’ sound.

 Incredible track record for venues and festivals considering you’ve only been together since 2013. How does one end up playing at SXSW? Or at least how did you fellows end up there?

 Lots of connecting with others. We have a good friend in a band from Austin who helped us secure our first showcase, and then we started reaching out to anyone that might be interested in giving us an opportunity to perform at their showcase in Austin. We managed to get on a festival in Houston on our way down as well, which should help us adjust to performing on the road. It’s our first year, so we don’t have too much advice to offer yet, but we will say that if you want to play at SXSW, just get your music to every person that you can. We’re looking forward to this awesome experience.

 I love how each song starts sounding like it will go a certain direction and then it surprises you. I feel like that’s true for all of your music. Is that something you do intentionally? It’s so great because sometimes songs can get so monotonous.

 We write songs as a representation of progression. We often surprise ourselves with the direction that some songs take. It’s become a vital part of our sound and style, and we hope people dig it.

 If you were to compare this time right now to two years ago now, what would three of the biggest differences between now and then be? If it’s different for each of you in the band, that’s fine! Or, you can answer this question collectively.

 As a whole, things have changed a lot in two years. At the time, some of us were playing high school sports. We were all studying music in some form, and didn’t expect to eventually be working together as a band. There is one thing that hasn’t changed, though, and that is our love for music.

 Finally, what is buzzing between your ears?! I’d love to know what you all are listening to right now and what is inspiring you. Again, you can do this somewhat individually or together as a group!

Pat loves listening to Jack Johnson and Fleet Foxes. Jackson enjoys listening to Twenty One Pilots. Hank listens to Young the Giant. Murphy likes anything jazz, Dr. John and Ray Charles.

All of us listen to Dirty Heads, Twenty One Pilots, Young the Giant, The Lonely Biscuits, Jack White, and a lot of classic rock. There are certain aspects within these groups or genres that we find inspiration from, to integrate into both our music and performance.

I included links to some of the artists they mentioned above in the text! And below, check out a small gallery Captiva was willing to share with me:

OK, that’s all for now and I’m off to play for spring break so I apologize in advance for the lack of posting! Major thank you to Captiva and all of their great answers to my questions! Don’t forget, their new track is out today! And, don’t forget to check out their other music here under the letter “C” for Captiva!

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