CAPYAC is a surreal dance act with as much Berlin/Detroit/French electronic influences as jazz, funk and the swirl of modern genres mixed in. Started in Austin, TX with a consortium of collaborators, the founding duo is now based in Los Angeles, CA regularly featuring guest vocalists, dance troupes, and fish mongers to elate and enlighten.
Their debut single “Speedracer” set the stage for an avant-garde aesthetic alongside chill Rhodes piano, slowed nudisco beats and funky guitars. With “Headlunge”, “Fis” and “Who is Donny Flamingo?” multi track releases, we saw the musical partners P. Sugz and Potion dabbling in minimal techno, spy-movie theme songs, trap jazz and every genre amidst the kicks and snares. With regular contributions from saxophonist Papa Mongoose, MC Rudi Devino, vocalists, nay jesters Oolaf & Bean and percussionist/daredevil The Hollywood Jingle, their live shows are infamously full of antics you’ll only see at a CAPYAC show -be it freshly griddled pancakes tossed from the ACL Fest stage, wild musical and theatrical improvisations at Capitol Hill Block Party, Twilight at the Pier and Euphoria Fest or puppeteering across California’s finest stages.
Appearing alongside CLASSIXX, Washed Out, Holy Ghost, Tennyson and more; since 2016 they have performed 250+ shows across the US, MX and throughout Europe to much acclaim and confused smiles.
Modern music declassifiers, CAPYAC are steadily releasing singles as we watch them real-time stretch and explore the far reaches of (most simply put) “electronic dance music” but more aptly described as “good music to dance to.”
Calvin the II
For Calvin Winbush, music didn’t come instinctively, but it did come naturally. When he picked up a saxophone in third grade to fit in as at his new school, it was a perfect fit. As a military brat, Winbush was born in Virginia and lived in Scotland and New Jersey before his family returned to Detroit, Michigan where his parents were born. Thrust into a new environment, music became a source of comfort and inspiration. In addition to the saxophone, Winbush later added piano, guitar, bass, and drums to his skill set. As a student at the illustrious Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Winbush joined the marching band and had the opportunity to perform in the Rose Parade in Pasadena. While playing in the parade, young Calvin promised himself that he would move to Southern California, a promise he soon fulfilled. After high school, Winbush attended Michigan State University where he received a degree in business management and continued to hone his music and entertainment skills. While still in school he traveled to New York City where he interned at Def Jam Records and Atlantic Recordseach summer. It was at Atlantic where he learned the ins and outs of the music business while working on Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquoral bum. Now armed with experience in both music performance and music business experience, Winbush moved to Los Angeles. In L.A., he put his efforts into making and performing music for diverse audiences as well as acting. Surprisingly, his music skills would benefit his acting career earning him a role as a saxophonist in the Academy Award-winning film, Whiplash. His music and acting career has grown to larger roles including a recurring guest-star role on the hit ABC series, Nashville. Through his experiences, Winbush has learned his deepest truth as a musician, “When you enjoy the music you’re making, people will enjoy hearing it from you.”
The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the company you keep. And,everybody wants to keep cool company. So, perhaps there’s no more appropriate name for a band whose music seems to be universally enjoyed.
Cool Company is an independent Future R&B duo comprised of dynamic vocalist, Cool Yan, and multi-instrumentalist/producer, Fat Matt. By seamlessly blending elements of Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Funk and Soul, Cool Company has been able to strike a remarkable balance between mellow serenades and funkified grooves. And, with millions of streams on Spotify, the band is just starting to get the attention they deserve.
New Jersey natives, Yan and Matt both discovered a passion for music at notably young ages. While Yan was marveling at his hard-earned Panasonic shelf stereo system, Matt was listening to Stevie Wonder and Pure Funk compilations with his father.
Influenced by artists like Outkast, Frank Ocean, and Childish Gambino, Cool Company has been writing non-stop since dropping their album Slice of Paradise in October of
2016. The band’s The Dose Pt. 1 EP is slated for release in 2018, with a Pt. 2 arriving in 2019, which find Yan and Matt expanding their newfound musical territory.
“I think our fans will be pleasantly surprised by the new direction without being too nostalgic for our old sounds,” shares Yan.
“We always make sure to hold ourselves to the same bar of catchiness and accessibility even while exploring new aural territories. We strive to be genre innovators.”
Sugi Dakks. Good vibe music.