Out of Los Angeles, CA, comes Overdose and The Lady Capri joining forces to save the world from the monotony of the manufactured sound! ESP EVOLUTION create music with an “outside the box” groove that you will love. Overdose, who has produced for artists such as Tank, Aaliyah, E40, and Fat Joe among others, formed ESP EVOLUTION with The Lady Capri in 2010. The duo uses the phrase "Mikakuye Oyasin,” which is sacred among the Native American Lakota people and translates to "we are all related." Bringing an eclectic mix of pop, rock hip hop, r&b, and reggae, ESP EVOLUTION is a sound you’ll have to experience for yourself. Make sure to catch their latest single “BREAK OUT.”
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?
OVERDOSE: Yes a producer named Battlecat inspired me to start producing music. He was already producing music and I was just a session guitar player. When I found out how much he was getting paid to produce tracks and needless to say it was a whole lot more than what I was getting paid as a session musician. It was at that moment that I started producing music. THE LADY CAPRI: I have always been into writing poetry and performing arts. So once I started singing and recording, my first few songs were written by and with a singer named Don Twone. Once I figured out the formula for writing a song and learned that a catchy chorus makes all the difference, that's when I started writing. So I always remember and will forever be grateful for Don Twone and all the other great writers like Ne-Yo that inspire me to express myself and my world through words and melody.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
OVERDOSE: One of my craziest experiences happened while I was touring with Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra. We performed for the royal family in Brunei. We were so paranoid to smoke our weed because crimes committed in that country are punishable by death. Anyways needless we smoked our weed, did the show and made it out alive! THE LADY CAPRI: I think I would have to say it was a gig I did where I actually fell on my ass during a song. My background singer who was actually very pregnant at the time had to help me up. After the show our bass player asked "did you fall on your ass or was that a dance". I admitted "yes I fell on my ass" but I was happy that I did it in a way that it could have been mistaken for a dance and part of the show.
What has been the high point of your music path?
OVERDOSE: Definitely being able to tour the world doing what I love with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. THE LADY CAPRI: I would have to say as a performer and artist the high point for me is when we do a show and people of all backgrounds come together and are intrigued, moved by and are feeling our music. Nothing better than hearing from folks after the show saying that your set was awesome or amazing. It's like "yeah we did our job"!!!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Our creative process is to just let things flow. We let the music take us where it wants to go. We don't go into the studio trying to make music that sounds like this or that, we just make music. No expectations, no rules we just create. The music is our canvas and the words and melodies are the paint. Once you have the canvas and the paint the only thing left to do is to express yourself and share your experiences and outlook on life.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest challenge we face as music is getting our music heard and also being musically different. The record labels are only into signing artists with popular sounds and artists that they can mold and make profit from. So that leads to a bunch of artists flooding the different with similar sounding manufactured music. So if you are an indie artist with good music that doesn't fit into the mold then it makes it ten times harder. If we could ask the music industry to change one thing it would be music programming. Let's go back to the model where DJs could play whatever song from an artists album that they wanted. And every station should have an indie or unsigned artist segment where they play and interview new unsigned and indie artists on mainstream radio. We would ask the music industry to make the industry about the art and the artist for a change, instead of being just a corporation looking to turn a profit on artists.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Bruno Mars because he is bold and creative like we are. He does his own thing and has his own sound regardless of the current trends. Janelle Monae is another one and also Pink because she is the kind of soulful rock that we like and also do. Any band we could and would open up for. Our music is so eclectic that we could open up for any top acts from Ariana Grande and Beyonce to U2 or Coldplay. We have something for everyone and we are not afraid to be different.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We make sure that we rehearse just as we are going to perform at the show. We require our band members practice and participate in different ways from giving them their own solos or even coming up with different parts of the show or arrangements of the song for the live performance. We want to make everyone feel a part of the band and know that they are valuable and play an important part in each song.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
OVERDOSE: The 'Tales From The Hood' movie soundtrack. I was already pretty disappointed that they hadn't asked me to come in and record any tracks, especially when they were using some of my rap artists. So on the day before their last day in the studio they called me to record a track for the soundtrack. So I had to perform under pressure and produce a hot track in one night. Luckily my song became the second single from the soundtrack and my two artists got record deals with Def Jam and Atlantic Records from that one song. THE LADY CAPRI: for me it was the song Afterworld that I wrote. It was hard for me because I was actually writing about and to the man who raped me when I was 15 years old. Also two songs I wrote ('Another Lifetime' and 'Letting You Go') that I wrote about and to my mother, whom I have a strained relationship with. It's very healing to be able to get shit off your chest but to be vulnerable and let the whole world hear it is another thing.
What's coming up in the future?
Getting a fresh new band together and taking our show out on the road.
Tell us where fans can access your music.