Emily Capell is not your run-of-the-mill millennial artist. Raised on the eclectic sounds of the mid-to-late Seventies, Capell is a weird and wonderful mix of blues, indie, pop and punk.
A story teller at heart, the North West London songbird sings of life’s frustrations and elations, sharing her personal narrative through song and giving her audience something to ponder.
She explains, “I like to make people laugh in my set, so I try and write observational lyrics. If people can relate to a song they are more likely to listen to it and hopefully like it.”
Currently on tour in the Middle East with Scottish legends Texas, Emily will also join the iconic pop rock band on their South African leg next weekend, sharing the stage in both Joburg and Cape Town, alongside local support acts Monark and Henry Ate.
“I love Texas,” she says. “It’s so amazing to be playing with them. Sharlene is such a cool woman and it’s great to be touring with her as a younger female artist trying to make a living out of music. She’s really inspiring. I remember hearing one of their songs in the film Bend It Like Beckham and it staying with me. I went home and looked up the soundtrack and immediately bought the song. So it’s an honour to be playing with them.”
Not her first visit to the country, Emily is excited for her return.
“I came to South Africa earlier on this year for a few gigs and I had an amazing time. We were lucky enough to go to the beach where all the penguins live. It was incredible, they were so sweet! When I last visited it was winter and so it will be lovely to see SA in the sunshine.”
Indie Does It: What do you aim to achieve through your music?
Emily Capell: I just want people to listen and enjoy. It’s such a great feeling to see people singing and dancing along at gigs and more of that on a larger scale would be great!
Indie Does It: Tell us a bit about your rebellious nature and how it translates in your music?
Emily Capell: I’m afraid I am the least rebellious person of all time… hahahahaha! I never had a detention the whole time I was in school! I did get thrown out of girl guides for bunking a canoeing expedition once, that’s pretty rebellious!!
Indie Does It: What can fans and first time spectators expect from your live performance?
Emily Capell: A great big beehive, lots of catchy songs and some great clothes! I’ve bought my band matching blazers to wear on stage. We look great!!
Indie Does It: What is the one thing you want to do in SA before heading back home?
Emily Capell: I’d love to go back to the penguin beach. And I want to see a bit more of the wildlife. The other band we were touring with earlier in the year stayed on a bit later than us and they got to see an elephant.
Catch Emily Capell live with Texas in:
Date: Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Ticket price: R495
Date: Sunday 10 December 2017
Venue: Montecasino Outdoor Event Area
Ticket price: R395 (general access) / R595 (golden circle)
All tickets available at Webtickets and selected Pick ‘n Pay stores. Kids under 12 are FREE!