CAPITANO

Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

We are just amazing. Really, I mean, we are not as good as Nickelback, but then again, we would never want the attention. It’s just too much. Always being chased by paparazzi. Excuse me, I’m trying to walk my bleached head weasel here!

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

I would love to tell you that I am from the future, and I saw this genre called Capitano that is just huge in the music scene in 2064. But the truth is: We don’t know why we do what we do. We just mix it all up. We want to write pop songs while listening to Dre. Then we end up with an indie rock track you can dance to. It’s almost as magical as time travel, but does not make any sense.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

I often feel like we are already in this dystopia we all were so afraid of. And we don’t even notice. Like anything.

People fly off to some island for a two week yoga retreat and don’t care enough to look outside the plane window. It’s not that people don’t give a shit about anything. Just about the wrong things. Not wanting to be a part of it, seeing things clearly once in a while, it is scary. That is one of these moments that we wrote “None The Less”. Everything is fake, and reality is not a price either. But still, somehow reality is a bore worth being boring for. And since that is a terrible statement for a hymn, we made a hymn about it.

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Tell us about the challenges you are facing as a musician. 

Playing music. It is really hard. Hitting the notes. Keeping up with the pace. Why would anyone do that? You have to practise so much. If there would be a machine to do it, I would buy it.

But seriously: The biggest challenge is when you have a vision. Because in the beginning, you get a pad on the back if you sound, look and feel like everybody else. If you do it differently, they just shrug their shoulders. Everybody. Music blogs, A&Rs, bookers. Nobody could care less about you.

Except for normal people. They listen to stuff. They feel things. They want to be a part of it.

And that’s what you should always aim for. If you are easy to market, you are easy to forget.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 

Recording is always the same. Long hours, shitty food, lots of nervous breakdowns and moments of truth. If you are a singer, they put you in a booth where you can’t see them and they can’t see you. You talk over the mic and headphones. Basically, you are in a phone conference for at least a week. It’s a boring story to tell. Except for the part you do differently. Never talk about that part.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

Most support comes from Germany at the moment. Visions Magazine and Deluxe Music TV, only to name the ones that just got on board. But most support comes from the fans. There’s this squad of crazy anime girls that are almost like a PR team for us, sharing, posting and documenting everything we do. That’s the kind of support I really like. Shout out!

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals. 

Our future goal for all of is to someday be able to focus on our music, the videos, the tours and not things like bills & rent.

With the money issue out of the picture, we would be able to do so much more. There is so much music to write and places to go. We have a lot of creative output, not only in music. But we want to do more videos, may be short films, and may be fashion. Who knows? It’s all somewhere in our heads, floating around. You need to vent your creativity constantly so you don’t eventually snap. So that’s what we want to do.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Joy, hate, envy, friendship, giving up, succeeding, sex and ice cream.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Don’t try so hard to be boring and self-involved. It’s not about what you want; it’s what you can give to the audience.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

In order to get something onto paper, I need to wait. I never know how long it takes, but I always know when I’m ready. Then, the lyrics just pour out of my heart. Usually at that point I don’t know what exactly I am trying to say. Tweaking and rearranging the lyrics in order to create a song, I must tackle that question and really dig into what my subconscious is trying to say. The result is surprising even to me most of the time.

When it comes to recording in the booth, my best takes are the embarrassing ones. They reveal who I am, that’s why they make me feel ashamed. And that’s why they are authentic.

Oh, and in my opinion: You should under no circumstances ever drink Fanta before singing. It makes things really chewy.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

David Bowie! Shit, he’s dead. Michael Jackson! Also dead. Oh, wait, I know!

Dr. Dre. He is amazing.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs. 

https://capitano.lnk.to/Hi

https://www.facebook.com/CapitanoBand

https://www.youtube.com/c/CapitanoOfficialTV

https://www.instagram.com/HiCapitano

http://www.capitano-band.com

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Tell us about your song.

We wanted this unsanitized, grungy, nihilistic touch and follow through until this kind of epic choral finale, because the two don’t really pair. That’s what we always dig in music, the ambivalence. And it suits the idea of the song. It’s this weird kind of positive negativity in the lyrics and this slow paced, dancy pop groove that really make it an interesting track.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

It’s really tough. You have to make decisions, because your relationships, friendships, jobs and bank accounts WILL suffer. There is no way around it. I’ve been playing shows and writing songs all my life, so new people in your life can’t tell of the hardships you endure. And the old ones get used to it or forget you slowly. But it’s all worth it. Life is a story. You don’t want to be told a story about a guy who got up at 7am every day and somewhat liked gardening.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends. 

Jacko. Bowie. Mercury. Pacino. Col. Sanders.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music

Without both, music is more like a movie score for the boring life of boring people doing boring things with instruments.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 

Art is always reflective of its time. Understand that, and you can find beauty in every era of music, regardless of if you like your music made with old amplifiers or digital interfaces.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 

The day I jumped off a stage and fucked up my knee forever. It is shamefully stupid, therefore very memorable.

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