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Meet David Caploe of HATE DRUGS

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Caploe.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
HATE DRUGS started as a group of dudes just jamming once or twice a week. When the drummer and bass player moved out of the state, the jamming stopped, but I decided to release some music I had written using the name, HATE DRUGS, which is what we jokingly called the jam group.

A few months after I released ROUGH DAZE, we found another drummer and bassist. That’s when HATE DRUGS became a proper band. The line up has remained the same for the last found and a half years.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
When we first started, I was 21 and Adrian, our youngest member, had just turned 16. So having younger members made it challenging to travel, and play bars in the beginning, but it ended up helping us grow as a band and become super tight before we were able to hit the road.

Being from a small town with a very small music scene made it easy for us to grow quickly in our local scene, but made it challenging to grow outside of our community. We started this project from scratch, we had no previous experience or connections, so we had to work really hard to get to where we are now.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about HATE DRUGS – what should we know?
What makes HATE DRUGS unique is our ability to move seemlessly through so many sounds. We are a multi-faceted group of musicians that bring a lot of different influences to the table. That, coupled with our extremely fluid chemistry as friends and our love for music, makes the band something really special.

HATE DRUGS has always been an art project for me. Whether it’s an outlet for song writing, a canvas for graphic design ideas, a soundtrack for a music video or a opportunity to explore live performance, HATE DRUGS is a living breathing piece of art that is always growing and changing along with the people who are a part of the project. It’s a platform for all of us to grow in our craft.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
We have been lucky enough to have so many supportive and talented friends that have been a part of this project. Together we have been able to hone our craft and encourage each others growth.

Among these, extremely talented individuals are Jacob Tovar (Photos), Matty Nykamp (Photos), Keaton Punch (Video), Cory Reyes (Production), Jonathan Colin (Design), and many more.

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Image Credit:
Jacob Tovar, Salma Bustos, Matty Nykamp

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