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Captain Fabulous


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


My name is Jared Ruiz & I go by Captain Fabulous. I'm a 21 year old DJ/Producer based out of San Luis Obispo, California. I have always had an interest in electronic music but I really fell in love with it when I was in middle school. My older brother came home one day, and made me listen to "Meet Me In Montauk" by Signalrunners while watching the Windows Media Player visualizer. I realized years later that he was high and that's why he was excited about it but that's beside the point, that track made me feel something I hadn't before. Music was a large part of my upbringing & I had always experienced music in a visceral way but this was something different, a feeling I wouldn't have words for until years later. After that I was hooked, and at 14 I found a copy of FL Studio that I could afford, and went to work.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


My influences in music are constantly evolving, when I first started producing, that is just playing around on my DAW, I strived to emulate artists like Above & Beyond and Bedrock. I was a teenager when I really started investing time into my craft & that inevitably led me to Big Room House/Festival House (a la Hardwell & Martin Garrix). I've most recently found a home base in my productions in a blend of melodic Progressive House and grooving Future House. To be quite honest, I hated just about everything I've made until about 6 months ago which isn't a unique perspective for an artist to have but an accomplishment to reach that point nonetheless. My taste in music has always been a constantly moving target. You should see my Spotify, i've made playlists for just about every genre you can think of, from Flogging Molly to Rimsky-Korsakov.


What´s new right now?


Coming down the pipe right now I have my first official release set to drop in March. It's on Golden Goat Records, a subdivision of Big Mama's House Record's which is based in Germany. I'm unbelievably excited to have the support of a label, it is a very validating feeling to know that someone who's business is finding good tunes enjoyed mine. I'm also working on an EP for a separate label in LA but nothing is finalized yet so they shall remain nameless. The most exciting thing I have coming up is an opening set for Dr. Fresch at his show in San Luis Obispo, one of my favorite producers at the moment. My friends & I actually decided to start a production company, lovingly named Funk With Us, to help grow the local scene we have here. The opportunity to open for the amazing artists we bring, like the fantastic Dr. Fresch, doesn't hurt either. If you are so inclined give our company a follow on Facebook!

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?


If I had to describe myself as a "superfan" of anyone it would have to be Lauryn Hill. In my opinion, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the single greatest collection of art to have been created in my lifetime. I could go on but i'll save the readers from that monologue & just say that if you have not listened to it you need to.


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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?


My toughest challenge right now is creating four cohesive tracks to make an EP. I've never tried to write music that could fit together in a way that an EP should and is the challenge I am currently wrestling with.


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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


I don't have a concrete plan so to speak, but by this time next year I want to have multiple tracks released as well as a booking for at least one festival. I believe I am on the right track to make this happen but only time will tell.


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https://soundcloud.com/captainfab

https://www.facebook.com/TheCptFab/

https://twitter.com/TheCptFabulous

https://www.facebook.com/FunkWithUsOfficial/

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