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Interview Series: The Captain

The Captain Releases New Single, 'Movin' Up'

New Release Comes on November 14th

Today, Jake Nester aka The Captain joins us at HMP Records to talk about his new single, Movin' Up. Listen Here.

--Hey Jake, welcome to HMP Records! How have you been?

I’ve been great! Lot’s of new changes in my life lately. A recent move and a new baby at home headline a new chapter, but this release also marks a big step in my music career as well.

--Can you talk to us more about your latest single "Movin' Up?"?

I’m really excited about this track. I tried to embody some of the elements I’ve been enjoying in tracks I’ve been listening to lately. It has a big bass line with lots of attitude, just how I like it, and I hope that comes across to the listener.

--Did any event or experience in particular inspire you when producing this track?

Not in particular, just a love for a good drop and bass line. These are some of the things that get the juices flowing between my headphones. With tracks like this, I want to try and recreate that.

--Who are some of your musical influences?

Lately, when I’m producing tech house, I’ve been influenced by Dom Dolla, John Summit, and Sidepiece to name a few. But I’m also a big fan of Dirtybird, so that plays a part as well. I’ve also been into funky house like Purple Disco Machine and Armand Van Helden, and when I’m feeling more tech vibes I’ve been into Lee Foss, Cut Snake, and definitely Dusky. My interests are certainly wide-ranging.

--How was the creation process for you? Any roadblocks?

It was fun for this track. I’m just trying to grow and learn more every time I create something. I would say the main roadblock I’ve hit is trying to pick a lane in the beginning of the process. I love and appreciate variety in house music that it can be difficult to choose which direction to start in. That’s also part of the fun though.

--What’s your favorite part about being a musician?

I’d say just having fun throughout the whole process. A love of music comes from listening to it. It’s a big part of my life. As I’ve put time and effort into learning how to produce it, I’ve tried to create music that I enjoy listening to and I just hope other people enjoy it too. That feeling really comes to fruition when you pull out a new track and see people’s reactions.

--Who is somebody you always wanted to work with (living or deceased)?

This is a hard one, but I would have to say Diplo. Something I’ve always appreciated and respected about him is that he’s always growing and developing in what music he produces. He’s never set on a genre or stays tied to something he’s created. He’s always onto the next. Whether that’s getting popular during the trap era with Jack U, making vibey jams as a part of L.S.D., or reggaeton with Major Laser. And now he makes house music, and I dig it. He even made an ambient and country album. I don’t even like all of it, but I respect the hustle. I just think it’s great diversity in artistry.

--To date, what's your most memorable music moment?

One that stands out is a trip to Denver with my wife and a couple friends to see one of my favorite artists at Red Rocks, Gramatik. It was full of all the reasons you love live music - an incredible and historic venue, amazing music artistry, big bass, and great people to share it all with. There’s a magic about Red Rocks, and I just remember being really inspired when we left.

--What does the immediate future hold for you in your artistic career?"

I think the next thing is just to keep growing and developing as a producer. I just want to have fun making music and djing and get better at both. Anything else is a bonus.

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