Captiva is Kansas City-based band. They are playing X1051‘s Bye Week Brewfest October 8th at CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s. Captiva drummer Hank Wiedel recently discussed the band”s first show, what got him interested in playing the drums and their songwriting process.
What was your earliest musical memory?
Probably sitting in my living room watching Detroit Rock City, and falling in love with KISS. I think that was also the day I discovered that I wanted to become a drummer.
What was the first album you bought?
AC/DC’s Hells Bells.
How did Captiva first get started?
Pat and I met during detention (reasons unknown haha). JJ and Pat had already begun writing some music together, and needed a drummer to help them record. I went to JJ’s house to jam with them the night after our detention sentence, and I remember having this feeling of “oh shit, this is the music I’ve been wanting to make.” We then booked our first show at Czar Bar on a Tuesday night, and all of the local Catholic high schools came out to rage with us. It was fuckin’ raw.
How does your creative process work when songwriting?
Usually JJ/Pat will write a melody and/or lyrics, then they’ll bring it to the rest of the band to finish it. Because we all have so many diverse musical inspirations, it’s interesting to see the development of each tune. Sometimes it’ll start out with a rock vibe, then it’ll take a reggae turn. Oh, you wanna throw some hip-hop in there?! Fuck it; we do that too.
What inspires you lyrically?
Just the daily routine, man. Sometimes we go into a song with a storyline in mind, and others we discover during the writing process.
How did the song “Check Your System” come together?
The song is basically about doing bad things because…why not? Captiva is just four young misfits creating an experience for others to enjoy. This song was one of the most fun tracks to both write and record for us. Because it was a ‘no bullshit/take-no-prisoners’ kind of story, we put ourselves into that mindset when writing and recording. While the production is much higher-quality than previous tunes, it still has a raw feel like old 90’s rock. This song is heavily influenced by bands like Rage Against The Machine, Cage The Elephant, and Led Zeppelin, so we weren’t too focused on making it sound ‘pretty’ or ‘polished’. It was tracked live, and that’s where all of the energy comes from.
You’re playing Bye Week Brewfest at CrossroadsKC October 8th. What do you enjoy most the music scene in Kansas City?
KC is growing so quickly, both musically and otherwise. I feel like opportunities to gain momentum are going to become more common, and we’ll be noticed even more as a thriving environment for creative types.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Be patient and stay grounded. Take as many opportunities as you can. Stay passionate.