Connie Ha Talks with Andy Capper: Award Winning Producer at Vice

Spending time with people behind the camera- those who curate, cut, and select the images we watch, and the information that we absorb- helps to make sense of the world around us. Producer Andy Capper is as discreet as he is talented, which makes his work all the more valuable.

Several months ago, I met Andy Capper in Los Angeles. Upon his suggestion, We met at Musso & Frank on Hollywood Blvd: a very classic and charming place. I wasn’t expecting anything ordinary or basic, so this made sense. It was a novel Jack Nicholson type of situation to connect and chat over steak, lobster and martinis.

Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

I am Andy and I make shows and films and documentaries for Vice. I’ve been with them for 15 years. Last year it was the Noisey series, now it’s The Therapist, probably more Noisey and another thing about Hollywood.

Upon first meeting, Andy had an unpredictable, elusive demeanor and came across as a strong presence. However, he was quite open, conversational, and hilarious. He had me laughing and entertained within moments.

Wit and humor are gifts that he balances brilliantly with a sharp focused rawness about him that communicates an air of integrity almost immediately. He’s a genuine sharpshooter with a caring soul and it’s entirely necessary to be that type of gem in this universe.

I think people who are genuinely smart and have something good to offer are getting a bit lost because lots of people are pretending to be them by dressing up in the same costumes.

That said, Capper is by far one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met. This is in part due to his perspective (not to mention stories) that has been uniquely shaped by a wealth of incredible experiences. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that hasn’t experienced or heard of Andy Capper’s work in the field of media.

How do you see the media evolving as a whole in relation to your own involvement in that world?

I am curmudgeonly about the amount and quality of media tsunami-ing around the world right now. The loudest voices get the most attention and those voices don’t seem to be that instructive towards moving to geopolitical Nirvana.

What are your thoughts on the rise and potential fall of influencers?

Commodifying cool young people has always been a thing and now it’s epidemic. I think people who are genuinely smart and have something good to offer are getting a bit lost because lots of people are pretending to be them by dressing up in the same costumes. Most epidemics get really bad and then go away for a bit until something else more ghastly replaces them.

Capper is a media gangster in every sense of the word. He has nailed the art of successfully covering the most edgy and relevant subject matter in the most brilliant and provocative approach that captivates the current generation.

What is the most memorable experience that you’ve had during your career?

It’s hard to say what the most memorable experience has been. I’m quite old and have been doing this in one way or another since I was 18. I am always grateful for the special unplanned moments where God suddenly appears in the room and some unplanned magic happens. Shout out to Libya for probably the worst memorable experience and to Jamaica for the most visits from God.

I didn’t plan to move really I had a couple of projects […] and I had a moment watching the boats on Marina Del Rey while listening to Dennis Wilson and I thought ah I could probably live here.

Andy has recently made the common move from New York City to Los Angeles recently and although it may be a bit premature, I asked a few questions about his thoughts on a few “Los Angeles vs New York City” subjects.

How did you end up in L.A. and what made you decide to make the official move here?

I didn’t plan to move really I had a couple of projects like The Therapist and this Hollywood thing that were gonna be short term but then they became long term and I had a moment watching the boats on Marina Del Rey while listening to Dennis Wilson and I thought ah I could probably live here. I love NY but was probably making me a bit mad during 2016 for various reasons.

What do you love about L.A.?

Living near water. The weather. I like driving. It’s quiet compared to the East Village. I couldn’t live in the city here, I like water.

What do you hate about L.A.?

Nothing yet.

Do you believe in the Calexit?

I believe it exists. It seems complex.

Do you miss New York? If so what do you miss about it?

A bit. Views, some people.

What are you currently working on?

Just finished two seasons of a show called The Therapist on VICELAND. In production on a new show about Los Angeles that’s attempting to be like Decline Of Western Civilization 2017 but with weird bells and whistles attached. A new Noisey TV show to start shooting in October.

Fortunately, I don’t see this conversation being over anytime in the near future. I’m looking forward to seeing his work on his next project.

Picture: Willie Toledo (Andy Was at the Nyabinghi Temple in Kingston, Jamaica)

Connie Ha is an LA born visual/musical creative with NYC roots. You’ll usually find her getting silly in a new city making new friends and chasing dogs.
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