RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW GERMAN ARTIST CRIS CAP
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When I was 12 years old, I fell for music listening to those eighties Pop and Rock bands in the charts. Since then it has been a great love story with music and me. I was always playing with bands and writing songs, also producing music but only from time to time. Nowadays it is much easier to release music DIY and I must say that I am challenged by the chance to reach out for a worldwide public on my own.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
It began with piano lessons and singing in the childen’s choir. As a teenager, I tried to figure out what those cool guys on the radio and on my records were playing. For example I used tape machines and ran them at half the speed to check out the cool piano solos my favourite musicians were playing. Later Jazz and Jazzrock / Fusion caught me and I started playing with bands. My plan was to learn to be a professional sound engineer and producer. I studied Audio Engineering in Düsseldorf, Germany. Then followed a professional career as a freelance TV director. Just 2020 I decided to start releasing my music for the wider public.
Today my favourite music are really good songs in the field of soul/pop/RnB. I am still working on getting better in songwriting and producing, this is my challenge and I love it!
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
Well, it’s not easy to earn big success. I have my day job and my family, so there is not much time left for marketing. To earn more success I think I would have to pay a team for promotion, marketing, video producing, and more. What I myself really focus on is writing the music, arranging, and producing it.
How have your song writing skills developed over time?
Think I am getting better every time. There are so many inspirations for writing music. And it’s great to develop new techniques and ideas. The most difficult part for me is the lyrics. Of course, my mother tongue is not English, but for me, English is the best way to communicate my ideas worldwide.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I understand Spotify is a marketing platform. Here you can reach the most listeners in the world. Also for me as a user it is really great to have so much recorded music at my fingertips. What they should change is their pay model in favour of independent artists.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
No, I am trying to work and speak up against those bad and harmful so-called theories.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
No, but I bought a lot of things that are really useful. What I did at that time was make my studio a better place for work. I bought equipment like mics and sound monitors and made the listening situation better through acoustic treatment. I pursued a second screen and so on.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think my tracks sparkle positivity. Although the lyrics often talk about difficult times or situations, the music is always bringing you a good mood. I like the contrast of this.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
My new release is a love duet EP with four tracks. I invited Tyla Raé to sing these duets with me, we recorded the vocals in London. Tyla is wonderful. I love her silky and shiny, soft voice. She catches my musical ideas so perfectly and transforms them into her own world, adding so much more sensitivity and delicacy to the songs. She is part of the London R&B scene where she joins a lot of collaborators. I also love her spectacular arranging skills when it comes to recording backing vocals and harmonies!
The first track is a remix that I made from my last single FEEL THE LOVE. I call it „Redux Version“, because it is mostly a smart reduction down to the most important elements: Vocals and Rhodes piano. Also, there are different drums sounds on it. I varied the vocal parts of the duet a little. I love how it came out.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tunes.
All these lyrics come from thinking about and feeling the love affairs that I had. Once I have lyrics written down, I start playing the piano and try to find good hooks, both instrumentally and vocally. Then I will check different beats and rework the lyrics. In parallel I start working out the arrangement, always mixing traditional elements with new sounds that I create.
What was the recording process like?
I usually record all the instrumental tracks in my studio in Düsseldorf. There I can take my time experimenting with the composition and the arrangement. Sometimes I invite other musicians to play guitar or bass. When I finally was happy with the arrangements we recorded Tyla’s voice tracks in London.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Some of my learnings are:
Keep it simple! Follow your first intentions! Only make music when you really feel the energy!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
No really not. I am glad I made it to the end. One of the most difficult things in the whole process is to finish and let go. No changes anymore!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?