After first meeting via Craigslist, songwriters  Ryan Merchant and  Sebu Simonian came together and grew success as commercial jingle writers. They soon began to write songs and formed the band Capital Cities and, as they say... the rest is music history.

Singer Ryan Merchant took some time out of his busy touring schedule to do an interview with Here is the interview in it's entirety...

Q:  As a kid, did you know that you wanted to be an entertainer?

A: Yes. I was pretty enamored with music at an early age. When I started listening to music, I listened to Michael Jackson. My parents bought me the Thriller video  and I would watch it religiously. I was obsessed with Michael Jackson. I got the bug to perform and I started to put on little performances for my parents.  When I was ten, I started playing and actually learning music. Music has been a life-long obsession of mine.

Q: Where did the name for the Band Capital Cities come from?

A: The name “Capital Cities” came from a brainstorming session. I threw out “Capital of Maine” and Sebu responded with “How about Capital Cities?” It immediately felt perfect to both of us so we kept it.

Q: Your latest album "In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery"  has been out since June.  What can fans expect from this latest release?

A: There are 12 songs on record and they are all, I think, very unique and different. We were just talking the other day about how every song on the record has its own personality and its own story. It's almost all new material but there is a song on the EP called "I Sold My Bed But Not My Stereo" that we recorded and re-worked and produced a brand new version of that is a more high-energy.

Q: What are the pros and cons to making music?

A: The best part of making music is just fun. There isn’t really a downside to it unless you are being forced to make music that you don’t find interesting. That’s the only downside to it. Which we don’t really experience, because we just make music that we want to make. Most of the time when we are writing music it’s pretty fun.

Q:  Did you ever think that the songs you would write would become hits?

A: Not really, no. That’s not something you can predict or will into existence. It’s sort of a matter of luck and hard work. We knew that we had something special in our hands when we wrote “Safe and Sound,” but I don’t think we realized quite how massive the song would get.

Capital Cities will be in concert on 6/27/2015 at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. For more information, log on to their website at