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CRIS CAP

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CRIS CAP WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya CRIS CAP thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

Oh, I have to think back a long way for this. Music has been my thing since I was about twelve years old. By that time, I had already had five years of piano lessons, only classical music up until then. As a teenager, I then tried to play the pop songs of Supertramp, Bee Gees, and ABBA on the piano. Sometimes I could buy sheet music, but mostly I figured out the songs by ear. And back then, I was just a huge fan of pop and rock music. I dreamed of standing on stage with my superstar bands and stuff like that. From then on, music became my first love.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

It all started with the piano that my grandpa gave me. I had regular piano lessons and went because of my parents. Then, as I said, it hit me as a teenager. I also sang in a children’s choir throughout my childhood and youth, which in hindsight was incredibly valuable. By the time I was around 15, I had already decided to pursue a degree in sound engineering.

I knew I had to do a lot for that because in Germany you have to pass difficult entrance exams. So, I practiced the piano a lot every day for years. Additionally, I took advanced music courses at school and played keyboards with great joy in several bands. During this time, I also bought my beloved Fender Rhodes piano and various synthesizers, of course. And then it really worked out, and I was able to study sound engineering in Düsseldorf – and loved it.

After a few years of studying, I had to realize that it’s not so easy to support a family as a music producer. I then took a chance and went into television as a TV director. I’ve been doing this successfully for a long time now and will continue to do so. On the side, I kept making music, but not as intensely. It wasn’t until 2020, during the COVID period, that I started producing my own songs. This brings me immense joy, and I am now pursuing it intensively.

CRIS CAP

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. What’s your view on the industry?

Growing as an independent artist is not easy. You start from zero plus your 123 friends. Then you realize that if you want more people to hear your music, you have to invest work, time, and money. My experience so far is that it progresses very slowly, with small steps. But it is progressing, in terms of the reach and success of my music.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

At the bottom of the food chain 😉

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? 

Yes, that is definitely a topic for me. As Robert Palmer sang: “It takes every kinda people to make the world go round.” I can only agree with that. I stand for diversity and don’t believe in the term cultural appropriation.

And I also don’t like that today anyone can stand up and say, “I don’t feel good about what I heard,” resulting in people being canceled and losing their jobs.
Cultural appropriation should be a positive term. The blending of cultures in any form of art leads to constant renewal and change. And that is exactly what we want and desire.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

I reject conspiracy theories. A few years ago, I delved deeply into some of these theories and understood how they work and how they fascinate and convince people. There is a pattern behind them, and they are always driven by efforts to destabilize democracies.

What was your best experience on stage?

The best thing that can happen on stage is when the audience really gets into it. When they sing along, applaud, and dance. There is no better experience.

What are the next steps you plan to take to reach the next level?

I will be working with a record label and a team who will help me market my music.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

I am thrilled to finally share my musical work of the past year! Each track tells a story of love and emotional resilience. It has been a long way. It was just wonderful working with great musicians and friends in Germany and amazing singers from the UK and USA.

The EP features six tracks with five distinctive singers, all showcasing my blend of funk, soul, and contemporary R&B, with the title track “Unrequited” making its debut, featuring a collaboration with Brooklyn’s Anna Teers.

What was the recording process like?

The recording process was quite extensive. But ultimately, it’s what brings me immense joy. Continually expanding and changing arrangements, adding new elements, discarding others. Then I invite musicians into my studio, usually guitarists or brass players. Towards the end, I invite singers to perform my song and put the finishing touch on the music.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

One thing that is very interesting: the initial idea, the first inspiration for a song, can be so diverse and is so decisive for the song itself. I now have different methods to draw inspiration. This helps me to develop various types of songs and to be quite diverse with my music.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

No. I never touch the finished work. It’s always better to move on.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Give peace a chance.

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