Captain Hooks [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Captain Hooks is a natural born star. Raised in Toronto but an obviously international talent, he knew from a young age he was meant to perform. With an array of features and bragging rights under his belt, such as a Hot 97 single debut in 2003 called “You Don‘t Want That“, he feels that this is his time to really take over. One look at his new video and you’ll see why.
Multi dimensional as a writer and an artist, he knows how to capture the audience. With a dream team behind him, it seems everything has aligned to let him thrive.
Ladies and gentlemen, let Captain Hooks introduce himself.
HipHopCanada: Congrats on the new video!
Captain Hooks: Thanks, Tara. We’re really excited.
HipHopCanada: I saw some great behind the scenes footage, the shoot looked crazy.
Captain Hooks: It went great. The Director really knew how to bring the energy of the song out in the video, I wanted something different and I think we achieved that. I watch it and can’t believe that it’s actually my video! Is it bad to say that one of your favourite videos is your own! [Laughing]
HipHopCanada: Dope. Okay, what’s the story behind the name Captain Hooks?
Captain Hooks: [Laughing] It’s kind of like my alter ego – a larger than life name for the music that I’m making now. I think it represents my image and my vision for my future music.
HipHopCanada: I know that you are only now going hard with the music in Canada, but haven’t you been doing music for a while?
Captain Hooks: Yes. I actually spent some time in NYC when I was younger to pursue music; things were really happening. I had a track “Gangsta Love” with Juelz Santana and got a chance to meet a lot of people I looked up to. DJ Clue was behind “You Don’t Want That” and I got a lot of love.
HipHopCanada: Why did you come back to Toronto?
Captain Hooks: I was still figuring out what I wanted to do. But now I’m one hundred percent into the music and it makes sense to be in Toronto working with all the talented artists that are here.
HipHopCanada: Dope. How do you describe your sound?
Captain Hooks: I have a very unique sound, especially after having so much experience working with other artists. I know what sounds good; very catchy and mixed with hip-hop influences.
HipHopCanada: What’s your current label situation?
Captain Hooks: We’re still looking for the perfect fit.
HipHopCanada: What would be the ideal situation?
Captain Hooks: To be able to have a label deal and then sign myself, I think. I’ve been in talks with a lot of labels but we’re in no rush to sign. I know it’s coming.
HipHopCanada: What’s the last CD you purchased?
Captain Hooks: That Drake CD. I love what he’s doing for Canada and I definitely support him.
HipHopCanada: Is he your favourite Canadian emcee?
Captain Hooks: Yes, and Maestro.
HipHopCanada: Nice. Where can people get at you?
Captain Hooks: My website is http://www.captainhooksmusic.com.
HipHopCanada: Thanks, Captain Hooks!
Captain Hooks: Thanks, Tara.
Editor’s note: For more information on Captain Hooks check out http://www.myspace.com/captainhooksmusic.
Written by Tara Muldoon for HipHopCanada