- Your real name is Tom Schiphors:why did u choose your nickname KAPAL?
Till my 21’st I used my real name, especially in The Netherlands. But my real name is very difficult to pronounce, especially abroad. So I decide to make an alias. So I put the first part of my last name (Schip) in Google Translate. In Indonesian it was Kapal. That sounds great to me. So I decide to dj and produce as Kapal.
- What makes the difference in your opinion beeing based in a city like Amsterdam having big festivals and music conferences as ADE?
Well, it’s very handy. Of course it saves money (hotel and plane) to have such big parties in your own city. We have to be thankful ADE and a lot other concepts are successful in Amsterdam. DJ’s all over the globe come to Amsterdam to play and meet other people. Great opportunity for a small chat and to give your demo in person;).
- Your premiere on our deep branch INDEEPENDENT RECORDINGS is a success: topping the deephouse charts @Traxsource since 2 weeks now: Any comment about it ?:)
Actually, I hate to be second. If the first place is in sight, I want to go for it. But of course I can only be positive about this. I’m happy my track is doing his job in the charts. I worked very hard to achieve this. It’s a big compliment so many dj’s are playing my track right now. And it’s so nice to see the track ‘fighting’ against artists and labels I look up to. I’m happy Indeependent give me a chance to release on the label. It gave me confidence.
- How would you describe your sound ?
The best way to describe my sound is groovy. It’s the most important thing in music for me. People want to dance, and a groove is the best way to move your body (in my opinion). So the shuffling hats and jazzy vibes is how you can recognize/describe my sound.
- Where are you djing most ?
Mostly in Amsterdam. But the last couple months I didn’t play that much. I spend much time in the studio making music. I like to play in other countries as well, especially: England, Switserland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey and Spain. My sound fits there best!
- What inspires you?
I listen to jazz, blues and reggae very often. There’s a lot of useful baselines and jazzy chords. And it sounds a bit crazy, but I listen to music I normally never listen to. I don’t smoke weed, use drugs or drink alcohol (at all) to get ideas. And of course I listen to other dj live sets a lot.
- The best party/place where u plaid
I think that was a party in my hometown in The Netherlands. Party at the beach. Weather was great, everybody was in a good vibe. I was playing a warm-up set before a big headline DJ. I started with empty dance floor, ended with a packed one;). After my set people told me I played better then the big headline DJ. Goosebumps!
- Your life motto is………………..
Enjoy every moment in life, you only live once!!
- Do you have your own studio or a partner to produce music?
I don’t have a big-ass studio. I have a small studio inside my tiny house. I don’t have a studio partner. I do get more questions from dj’s to work together. But it have to fit with sounds. I am very picky.
- Looking forward to the next months what can we expect from you?
I’ve got a lot of crazy sketches right now where i’m working on. I’m very happy about that. So you can expect new music.
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