Kaptain – Never Will (revamp)
When I first heard Never Will (revamp) by Kaptain, I was transported back to one of my first true loves in the EDM space, Pretty Lights. Since then, electro-funk has been one of my favorite genres, with artists such as Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Gramatik, and the Floozies bringing me the funkiest of electronic grooves. Stephen Kaplan, a.k.a. Kaptain, has a similar sound with sweeping synthscapes, bountiful piano arrangements, soulful vocal chops, electric guitars, eclectic horns, and bouncy grooves.
Like many producers, Stephen had another trajectory. He was majoring in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Berkeley while working on music production in his free time. Prior to university, he’d picked up various instruments and played in orchestras, jazz quartets, and bands. Perfect for the jazzy-funk stylings of electronic music.
Kaptain has recently collaborated with the visual and lighting director for Pretty Lights, Greg Ellis, a.k.a. The Lazer Shark, on an audio-visual project. Kaptain is a full-time engineer and uses his free time to produce his passion, which I would say is outstanding. He continues combining elements of psychedelic rock, funk, and electronic music in order to build out his live show for touring.
He also recently released a remix of the psychedelic rock band, Naxatras’ Space Tunnel. It’s got a atmospheric vibe that made Pretty Lights the big hit he was.