Spotlight on local music: The Ump 


(Real) Name: Daniel Kapchinsky, aka The Ump

Hometown: Whistler, B.C.

Where does your stage name come from?

A friend told me I looked like an umpire (because I had a black collared shirt and black ball cap on). Later, when I needed a producer name I thought I liked the umpire idea, but The Ump sounded official. And it rhymes with bump.

So, is music a full-time gig for you, or do you also have a day job?

I work a day job. In the day, a saucier mixing sauces at Earl's and at night producing rap beats and mixing tracks.

What's your "Whistler story?" (When did you arrive and what brought you here?)

Nearly born in an ambulance on the 99. Squamish birth certificate, Lions Gate baby. Lived in Whistler since I was a month old, my mom has been here since the early '70s.

What do you love about this place?

It is my hometown; I know almost everyone. The scenery and that B.C. cush.

Anything you hate about it?

Scenesters and trend inconsistency.

When you aren't on stage, where can people find you hanging out?

In the Alpine Underground (a.k.a. my home studio) producing futuristic, new age, west coast rap music; Pristine Greens wiffle golf course, boning up for the KLUS CUP; Pemberton shooting range, shooting targets/skeet.

How were you introduced to hip hop?

I was first introduced to hip hop at about 11 through mainstream sources like MTV. Stuff like MC Hammer, Kris Kross, but soon after that Dr. Dre and Snoop were on the pop charts. After I got into rap, then I got into the more underground artists from there through friends and various rap magazines.

How did you move from listening to hip hop and to making it yourself?

I had started to DJ at age 16 and was interested immediately in the production side of the music. At first I would sample off of records and CDs and make my own drums. As my taste in music evolved so did my direction of production. I began making 100 per cent original backing tracks instead of sampling.

What are your thoughts on Whistler's local hip hop scene, today?

Compared to 10 years ago when I was rockin' the fake ID going to Context underground hip hop shows every week, I feel the scene is lagging a bit. There are some nice local cats doin' their things in Whistler, but my style is a lot different from theirs. Nowadays people hear a certain sound and think that because you make rap music you think you're a gangster or are a gangster. I feel it is important to represent where you are from, so sue me if I like a harder more aggressive approach.

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