February’s Artist Spotlight Catches Up with Matt Cappy
From a very young age, Matt Cappy knew what he wanted and just never looked back. Born in New Jersey, Matt knew that playing an instrument would be his ticket, and with time, training and effort, its all coming up gold.
Trumpet player Matt Cappy has always striven for musical excellence. He was recognized for this desire early on, while playing in the highly-regarded Pine Hill, NJ Overbrook High School music program. In Matt’s senior year, the young horn player received the New Jersey Governor’s Award for the Arts. He was off to a good start.
LockedIN Magazine caught up with Matt at a show in New Jersey recently and Stephanie Gamba dives into where Matt is going.
(LM) What is your dream collaboration?
Amos Lee, who is a Philly crooner. We played live a couple times, but I would love to collaborate with him one day.
(LM) Now you released your solo album in 2017. Are you planning on doing a follow up?
Absolutely, involved with it right now. We are 3 songs in and have studio time already booked. Aiming to have that out in 2019.
(LM) Are you pulling in some of the other celebs you have worked with in on the album?
Hopefully, Amos Lee. Getting Jill Scott on a song would be amazing. So, I am hoping to collaborate with some people like that.
(LM) How many songs on the new album?
We are aiming for at least ten. I have been experimenting with some vocals, if its the perfect storm of a song that requires some vocals. I think that’s what’s neat about the writing process, is it’s a lot of throwing it against the wall right now, just like clay, and working with it and seeing how I feel. But also judging from the live show, what works and what songs people like from the first album and try to curate a set that way.
(LM) How did you get into doing trumpet?
Always loved the sound. 4th,5th and 6th grade is when I started. I think I just looked at the Jazz band and said “how can I get in the jazz band the fastest? I think I can get in the trumpet section, let me do trumpet.” And then it just kind of went with my personality. It grown every year that you do it and looking back now, I can’t believe I am still doing it. I really feel blessed. It’s not for everybody and yes there’s days, months, years that can be hard as an artist, but general the highs far outweigh the lows and I have traveled all over the world and played in concerts halls all over the world. And I’m just a kid from Berlin, NJ. The waves just keep coming in and I am going to ride the waves. I just think that’s what my calling is.
(LM) What was that one moment that you know that this was it, what was that moment for you?
I don’t know if it’s one moment. I just think that I have consistently worked at my craft and I truly believe that if you are a nice person and work hard at what you do that hopefully the cosmic energy of world and kindness will gravitate you towards people who are similar. Doors will open and that is what has been happening. I didn’t stop the doubt in myself, but I just keep going and try to win the day and become a better trumpeter every year. Jill Scott was my very first gig and that was 1999. Its 2019, so 20 years goes like that. And I am the generation that feels they are never good enough. You never good as your teachers. That’s why it was so important to make “Church and State”. I am really proud of the album, it’s done very well and it’s a nod at my production and quality of music I can make, have made and I am a part of.
Like take last night, a nice lady, she was older, said to me that “you had my attention all night and I have never had that happen in an instrumental concert before. I really liked your music and vibe”. So when you hear that from a complete stranger, I think you are onto something, so why stop?
Going back to Jill Scott, no one knew who she was at the time. That taught me about going from “who is she”, to wow she is a powerhouse of a voice and the band that she had, I was a part of that. So, within 18 months of that experience, we went from “who is Jill Scott” to opening up for Sting on the Brand New Day tour. So what’s the equations for that? Step one. Make the best album you can make and hope you have studio magic and step two back it up live.
(LM) What do you see as far as your live show.
Its more like a head nod grove. Its when someone is with me from an hour to an hour and a half, at the end of the set, I am playing some music where its like you have established that relationship; wow he has a nice trumpet sound; wow the band is grooving; wow there some intimate stuff; I like that melody, to wow this is just knocking, wow, then the couple is getting up and doing a little two step and the music just takes you there in a curative set. At the end of the day, I am known for my trumpet sound and playing melody and trying to play it sweetly and beautifully.
Coming from Jill Scott, to the Roots, to Jay-Z, Maxwell, the Mavericks, I have a Jazz and classical background but what I am currently doing, it is more entertaining and trying to curate music that is making people have a really good time. I am not trying to be anyone but myself, but I have had people say that I am the original article and people feel that.
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Over the years, Matt has been able to record music with some BIG names like Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Wyclef Jean, Floetry, Jaheim, Faith Evans, Kindred, Vikter Duplaix, Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Gerald Veasley, Bubba Sparxx, Marah, K’Naan, Slo-Mo, John-Train.
And take the stage with Jill Scott, Maxwell, The Roots, Kirk Franklin, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Bilal, Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Leela James, Jeff Bradshaw, Gerald Levert, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, The O’Jays, The Moody Blues, Gerald Veasley, Marah, Slo-Mo, John Train.