Music Bio

MATT KAPP joined East Village punk band HERMIE THE DENTIST as bassist while still a film student at NYU, cutting his teeth in local clubs the Pyramid, Continental, and Brownies, among others. In 1997 he joined forces with songwriter Tim Mercer, HERMIE drummer Dave Penna, guitarist Enzo Bacelo, and DAPHNE was born. The band became a NYC pop-punk mainstay, praised by the likes of Time Out magazine and the Village Voice. Grammy-winning producer and composer Carl Sturken produced tracks on the band’s debut LP, and in 1999 DAPHNE won K-Rock’s Battle of the Bands. Several DAPHNE songs were played on K-Rock, and the track “Need Some Lately” was featured on Fox’s The Family Guy.

In 2000, Kapp joined AMERICAN POPULAR, regularly performing at legendary NYC clubs CBGB, Mercury Lounge, and Don Hill’s. Two AMERICAN POPULAR tracks were featured on K-Rock’s weekly show The Buzz with Matt Pinfield. Kapp also wrote, performed, and recorded the solo EP CROONERPUNK in 2005.