Capital Cities on Touring With Katy Perry and Life Getting "Chaotic and Crazy"

One minute, you're writing commercial jingles with your buddies. The next, you're touring the United States as the opening act for Katy Perry.

Alright, a career jump like that doesn't really take 60 seconds. It actually took Capital Cities' Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian about four years, following the release of their debut EP Safe and Sound, but even that's a pretty fast track for an up-and-coming band.

What makes them so successful? They found a way to fuse art and pop in a fun, intelligent way -- never too serious, but always with a touch of the unexpected. We here at Crossfade spoke with Merchant to learn more about working with Andre 3000, Capital Cities' crazy music videos, and how to make pop sound smart.

See also: Review & Photos: Katy Perry and Capital Cities - Miami

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.