Kap Slap rides the house music wave
Kap Slap takes on task of original house music productions
DJ Kap Slap, a mashup-turned-house-music artist, is at a turning point in his life and career.
Kap Slap, who goes by Jared Lucas off stage, has made a name for himself over the last few years with his eclectic and progressive dance mashups. But now it's time for the 22-year-old to take the next step in his career - original productions.
"I'm not really positive what [my] sound is going to be yet," Lucas said. "[I expect a] dub-house type of thing. I'm going to play it by ear, and see what programs I learn and master."
Much remains to be seen for Lucas. But, with trippy, energetic mashups that have received hundreds of thousands of plays on Facebook, Soundcloud and other sites, he's already taken dance music much further than he'd ever thought he would.
"I never really imagined that I'd be where I'm at right now," Lucas said. "[Now] I'm really trying to feed this opportunity to make it big and become the next house (music) superstar. I have the drive and I have the knowledge."
A fourth-year business major at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., Lucas began making mashups in 2009 as a creative outlet during his early college years.
"I'm a very musical person; I play drums and bass," said the native of Lexington, Mass., a suburb of Boston. "I was just looking for something to do in college to express [myself] musically. I started playing around with Garageband, and some of my friends liked [my mashups]."
An avid fan of progressive-house - a sub-genre of dance music notable for its musical build-ups, breakdowns and climaxes - Lucas adopted a mashup style of fusing his favorite house beats with recent hits.
"Usually I look on [www.beatport.com] for the next big thing, and when I find something like that, I try to make it more 'user-friendly,' if you will," Lucas said. "A lot of my friends in my fraternity don't know a lot about house music, but they like music they can dance to and party to. So I would find [an a cappella of a Top 40 hit] and then try to put it over [a dance track] so they can sing along to it."
As Lucas got better at making dance-floor mashups, house music also became increasingly popular with college crowds. Around 2010, house music experienced a surge in popularity, and it's still getting more popular, which Lucas has taken advantage of.
"I really tried to ride that (house music) wave," Lucas said. "I started doing it for fun. Now I realize that this is really what I love."
Originally, Lucas enrolled in a five-year dual-degree program in business and industrial engineering at Lehigh University. But now that his music career is taking off, Lucas will stick with just a business degree to focus on his music career. The change will save him one semester of school.
"I tried doing the whole work thing and school thing, but then I decided that this (making dance music) is what I want to do," Lucas said.
This summer he plans to travel to Las Vegas or L.A., where most of the best young DJs live and work. There he'll try to learn from the best, as he searches for the perfect mix of dubstep and progressive-house.
"The next big step in my career is to make a name for myself [with] my own original stuff," Lucas said. "My first step is a booking agency. I'd like to get [signed by] a label, but first I have to prove myself."
Lucas plans to put out an EP or mixtape of original material this summer in order to show off his roller-coaster fusion of EDM, progressive-dance and dubstep.
"[I have] no timeframes or specifics [for original material]," Lucas said. "I'm not going to release anything half-assed."
His last mashup mixtape, "Frequent Flyer," was released Monday, April 30.
Now Lucas is looking forward to "isolating [him]self" to make the best original material he can. But he'll probably be having more fun playing dance-party shows for crowds in the thousands.
"The best times are when you come up to a show and there's 3,000 people there just to see you," Lucas said. "That's a cool feeling."
DJ Kap Slap will open for The Cataracs at Brock the Port Friday, May 4. He said to expect lots of sing-alongs and an overall energetic show.
"Be ready to dance; it's going to be intense," Lucas said.
You should expect nothing less from DJ Kap Slap, who got his name from a popular "drink" at his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Society. A Kap Slap is when you pour a shot of Bacardi 151 into a beer funnel immediately after the unsuspecting drinker starts guzzling.
Check out DJ Kap Slap on Facebook or visit KapSlap.com.
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