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Q&A: Cole Walowac (Capital Kings)
How Electronic Dance Music is Opening Doors
By Sarah Komisky
Penetrating the contemporary music scene a few years back, EDM, otherwise known as Electronic Dance Music, has gained traction over the years popping up in various ways. But the upbeat music scene hasn’t been all positive. With the explosion of raves in the states and abroad, the scene has been closely connected to the drug world ending in tragedies like rape or overdose. Desiring to change the negative connotation associated with the music, Cole Walowac of Capital Kings is ready to bridge the gap in an unexpected way. Here he shares his heart to bring positivity to the music genre and generate hope in the process.
Where did the name Capital Kings come from?
We actually grew up in Washington D.C. that’s where you get “Capital,” and we always said we serve the “King of Kings,” so that’s how we got that.
How it come about working with Christian artist Toby Mac?
We went about things backwards. Most bands go out and they play shows for years and get discovered by their live show. We actually did production first and we did remixes and posted them on SoundCloud and YouTube and Gotee Records, which is owned by Toby, found our remixes and he really liked what we were about. We were trying to bring EDM music into the Christian industry and he was really inspired by what we were doing and then he was like, “You know what? We’ll just let your first introduction to my audience and the Christian audience be by doing a remix on my remix album coming out called Dubbed and Freq’d.” And we were like, “Yeah, that would be awesome!” It was always a dream just to be able to remix a TobyMac song. That’s was just crazy for us especially for a first look in the industry so we were just happy to be apart of that.
Where did your love for EDM come from?
We actually grew up playing worship music at our church and it slowly morphed into trying to make music on computers. The way it came about making EDM music is that we found out about this guy name Skrillex and back in the day there was no music like what he was making. When we heard it, we were like, “What is this? This is so cool,” and it sounded like something we’ve never heard before and it was so hardcore and it was so aggressive sounding and we wanted to make something like that. Once we delve more into that, we started finding other artists that were more chill. House music is very musical and it’s like worship just made with synthesizers. So we love the whole sound of EDM music.
How do you want to use that specific genre to reach people for Jesus in a positive way?
That’s exactly what we’re trying to do. Make great music that sounds just as or even better than what you would hear at one of those huge raves but just something with some positivity in it. And that it is something they can walk away with and it impacts their lives and it will stick with them for a long time. To just share the love of God in a way they can relate to because not everyone can relate to, “Hey, God loves you,” and you have to do it in a way that can connect with them and then they’ll slowly realize that God loves them. That’s something we are trying to accomplish and bring something new to the industry as well.
What have you been the response with your music in that genre?
Our show is not like we are just two DJ’s back there not saying anything, just dropping tracks, it’s almost like a show. It’s still an artist thing. We blend both worlds of DJ and being an actual artist. So it’s pretty unique and I think people really connect with it just because we’re not behind the turntables the whole time and we’ll speak during our set and say things. It’s a cool combination that I haven’t really seen anybody try to do yet. It’s been good. I think people really like it. We have people come us to us and say, “I used to go to raves all the time and I didn’t know this music existed. I had to stop going to those things because I was getting into drugs and just doing into stuff I shouldn’t be doing and It’s so cool to have a positive rave almost. To have positive music that sounds like that.”
How do you guys want to encourage Christians?
We just talk about real life in our music. Some songs will be very personal and other songs will be more of an anthem.
Share a little about the new album II.
We worked on it for so long. It was almost two and half years crafting the songs and it felt like forever, like we were never going to get it out. We finally did and I am really proud of it. I think it’s a new step forward from our last record. We had some cool people on it. The song “Fireblazin,” we released it and we loved the song so much that we asked Chris Tomlin to actually feature on the song. He was like, “I’m so down, I love this song!” So we got him to feature on it. I don’t know if Chris Tomlin does a lot of features, but I feel pretty special because of that. Then we got a rapper that we are really into right now on called KB featured on a song called “Northern Sky” and it’s just a variety of sounds on the album that I think all compliment each other really well.
Find out more about Capital Kings at http://www.capitalkingsmusic.com