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Meet Jack Kapson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Kapson.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up, I always had a sense of curiosity. I became fascinated and obsessed with new things all the time. I was constantly picking up new hobbies like drawing, skateboarding, stop motion videos, and even things like free-running and acrobatics. I would just get really stoked about people who were really good at what they do and say to myself, “I could do that.” One of my earliest fascinations was music. Growing up in a musical family, it was always around, so it was almost like, yeah of course, music is awesome. You just play this or sing that and it transports you to a whole different place. As time went on, most of those other things faded or completely vanished, but the music just stuck with me.

I always wanted to keep a balance of creating music and being outside where I could recharge and experience life and feed my curiosity. I set my eyes on California as early as elementary school and when I started my Contemporary, Urban, and Popular music degree at Columbia College Chicago, I planned to graduate and then honor that vision of heading West. After those few years of learning, growing, and gaining experience as a recording and performing artist in the Chicago music scene, it was time to take that leap. I’ve only been in Los Angeles for about six months now. Being away from Chicago can be tough, but I brought part of it here to grow with me and I’m really looking forward to this chapter!

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
Smooth guitar, mellow synths, catchy melodies, and polyrhythmic percussion are all focal points for me when I’m creating. I’m inspired by artists like FKJ, Still Woozy, and others who also seem to love combining organic and electronic sounds to create a nicely textured soundscape. When I write, the lyrics can kind of vary by song, but one thing I always love doing is capturing moments. Painting them with imagery and metaphors until my reality comes across as a surreal experience. But if you pay attention, it’s easy to follow the story and find the truth of it there. The same way I paint scenes with words, I try to do the same with chords. I see chords as the underlying canvas that everything sits on top of. If I have a message in mind, I’ll usually try to mix my chords and melodies to match the mood of that message. Essentially, leaning into the message by giving each element of the song that persona. The main theme of my new album, Superbloom, is growth. It includes subjects of self-honesty, positivity, perspective, encouragement, individuality, inspiration, love, conflict, distractions, and awareness. I just want people to feel something listening to my music.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Honestly, just move in the direction that pulls you most, and don’t hesitate. At the end of the day, if you are genuine and excited about what you are doing, that’s the first step. The connection will follow because, more than anything, people love watching others exist in their truest form. There are people out there who will connect with that truth. That is definitely something I wish I learned earlier.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my music pretty much anywhere! Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, SoundCloud and most other places people like to listen. The best way to support my music is to go check it out and follow me on Instagram (@jackkapson). My next single will be out May 20th and my new album, Superbloom, will be out May 27th. So if you follow me on Spotify, you’ll be the first to know when those drops!

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Claire Stanton

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