CULTED SOUNDS: CAP1TALA TALKS BRINGING OLD SCHOOL BACK TO UK RAP & STAYING TRUE TO YOUR SOUND
In the grand scheme of things, Cap1tala is just getting started – but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been grinding from young. From rapping to producing and directing / editing his visual work, Cap1 understands the importance of honing your craft, and being involved in all aspects of music production.
Recently releasing a project with Jesse Ayo, Your Sons Are Brighter, we caught up with Cap to discuss bringing old school back to UK rap, and the dangers of overthinking.
Talk us through your background, and how you ended up in music?
I grew up in Kent. Nothing really special there except the people I met there in school. I started getting into making rap music around the age of 15 from listening to mixtapes by artists like Tyler, The Creator and Joey Bada$$, and I was just writing to beats I found on YouTube everyday. I guess I got old enough to then feel confident on the mic, at around 17 years old, and started making songs from there. I’m 20 now. I had to move out to London, the scene here is refreshing.
What’s your favourite piece of work you’ve ever put out?
Definitely my most recent work. Co-released with my brother Jesse Ayo, we’ve made a short project called ‘Your Sons Are Brighter.’ We don’t compromise our growth and experiences that have shaped us into who we are today on these 9 songs. The streets are very proud of the songs from this project, especially ‘Black Britain’ and ‘Execute The Vision.’
Have you encountered any unexpected joys or challenges within your work?
Yeah. So many. I’ve learnt you become your biggest critic when making music, which results in becoming a perfectionist. So, with that said the biggest challenge is getting my sound to the best it can be. Self doubt and overthinking. Don’t overthink shit, it’s an enemy of progress.
Take us through a typical day in the life when working on a project?
It really varies, you know. One day I’m spending like 4 hours on a beat and songwriting, another day I’m spending even longer on recording vocals. I always end my day listening to music though. Recently I’ve been around and about collaborating with different artists and producers working on the next sound, so right now It’s just making sure these songs are good enough to release.
What’s a piece of advice you would give to emerging creatives or musicians?
Just have fun with it. I think if there’s one thing people are doing wrong when starting music, it’s originality. Stay true to your sound/craft and don’t compare yourself to anyone. Have that passion as well, that passion can do some crazy things for you as a creative.
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Who are you creative influences (musical or other)?
Always Tyler, The Creator since day.
The Soul and Funk music from the 80s.
Anime from the 80s – 90s
If you had to describe your sound in 2 sentences, what would these be?
We either crying or dying. My style is no style.
What’s next for you?
I’m tryna bring the old school and soul sound into UK rap. Don’t know how long it’s gonna take but we’ll eventually get there.
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Lastly, name 5 tracks you’re loving right now and why?
Sober Feels – Nia Archives
It’s too relatable.
Alpha House/Bando – Knucks
I was kinda upset this guy didn’t put Bando as a stand-alone song on his new album. That beat switch is so steezzy though. I’ve been playing this version of the song just to hear that part.
Dingaling – Greentea Peng
Her voice is too peng man. She’s like the UK’s Erykah.
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
You can never play this song too much.
Execute The Vision – Capital J, Cap1talA & Jesse Ayo
Ugh, such an inspiring song.