Capra – Interview
Interview with Crow Lotus (Vocals) of Capra and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
CL: I’m an anxiety-riddled, existentialist poet with a lust for musical conquest.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CL: I’ve been in love with music since the day I was born. I began studying belly dance at 13 years old. As I got older, I got booked on more and more gigs, often in music venues alongside bands. I decided I didn’t just want to interpret someone else’s music by performing to it, I also wanted to be the one to create it myself.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CL: Among my musical influences are many of the thrash metal gods like Tom Araya and Joey Belladonna. Henry Rollins is an influence for me, both musically and non-musically, in regard to his poetry. I’m hugely influenced by badass authors such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Octavia Butler as well as many film directors such as John Carpenter, Dario Argento, and John Waters.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CL: Growing up, I can remember how I felt when I watched a performance — be it a play, concert, or anything else — that made me walk away feeling as though I’d witnessed something that had in some way changed me, marked me for life. My dream is to be able to deliver that same type of performance to people.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CL: Tyler presents us with brain babies in the form of riffs, then everyone pitches in to shape a few of those riffs into a song. After the instrumentation is done, I find some prose or a poem I’ve written that best fits the ambiance of the song, then I rearrange its structure to fit the song’s format.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CL: We live in a digital age, so much of our promotion occurs over social media. We also promote via radio and word-of-mouth.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CL: I’m old-school, so I love CDs. However, I think downloads are a great way to bring our music to a wider variety of people that for whatever reason may not have the ability to obtain a physical CD, and it also allows us to be able to distribute our music at a much more affordable cost.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
CL: I believe it’s come to be incredibly diverse in the best ways. Some of these artists being signed today, they’d absolutely blow your mind with the art they create.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CL: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd. That is the definition of a song that sticks with you, lyrically and instrumentally. It’s just incredible.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CL: Gropers in concert crowds.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CL: Any time I catch myself mid-fall and keep from busting my ass during a show is a pretty proud moment.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there .
CL: It’ll be our first time with our current lineup in Lake Charles on March 27 at Center Stage and in Houston on March 28 at Main Street Tap. It will also be our first time in Houma on April 17 at Intercoastal Club.
We play in Lafayette, Louisiana on April 25 at The Pearl, the Saturday of Festival International with my brother’s band, Pale Misery.
If you’re in the Little Rock, Arkansas area, we’ll be playing Mutants of the Monster Fest with some incredible bands like Thou, Fiend without a Face, and The Body on June 6.
Then, we’ll be going on tour throughout the month of May, and a full listing of those dates can be found on our Facebook page.
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