Beyond the Music: Getting Personal with Cris Cap

Are ready for a behind-the-scene tour of one of the hottest acts on the music scene?And when it comes to Cris Cap, the unbelievably talented singer-songwriter and producer from Düsseldorf who’s been spreading his soulful pop vibes all over the place?

“Don’t You Cry” his latest single with the wonderful Tyla Raé is absolutely a fire song. People are loving that there’s this cool genre-blending vibe that molds soul, funk and pop together into something new and interesting. It’s only the moment that the groove starts that you just can’t avoid your head from nodding and your legs from tapping. On top of this we also get Cris’s smooth vocals and Tyla’s killer pipes.  The great thing about this is that the melodies will definitely get stuck in your head for days.

On the other hand, let us go back a little and talk about the man behind the tunes. A young Cris was all about the music game since he was a little pianist playing around. It’s been an intense journey of pure passion, the hustle and genuine creativity; positioning him as one of the hottest and respected artists and producers at the moment.

Here is your unique chance to listen to Cris’s undisclosed tribulations directly from him. In this episode, we will explore what ignites his spark, how he harnesses his creative brilliance, who his oldest heroes are, and what he has on the package for the future. Hold your horses, as you are about to embark on an exciting journey into the psychological world and mindset of Cris Cap.

Listen to Don’t You Cry below

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Where do you find inspiration?

In the music I love to hear, esp on my headphones walking the city. Watching videos with my musical heroes. Concerts. Also in foolin’ round on the piano.

What was the role of music in the early years of your life?

When I was little, we had always music playing at home. Besides classical music, there was also a lot of pop and soul. My mother loved the Carpenters and Tom Jones. My parents had a piano teacher for me and I started playing with seven. I also joined the children’s choir of our little town, I spent several years there. Today I can see that this early practice and experience is so helpful; harmonizing, finding melodies and structures comes natural and easy.

Are you from a musical or artistic family?

Not really, they are music lovers. Anyway my mom played the piano in her spare time and my grandfather was also a piano player. In his last years we even played some four handed duets on the piano, waltzes by Johann Strauss were his favourite music.

Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?

All the L.A. session players of the 70s and 80s for the most part. The guys that played for Steely Dan and the Toto crew for instance. When I was 14 I fell in love with their art and it was always my dream to be part of this game. Larry Carlton. Brecker Brothers. Stevie Wonder.

How did you learn to sing/write/to play?

Piano lessons, choir. Then classes in high school. Started playing with Pop, Funk and Fusion bands when I was 17. Later preparing for music college, studying music theory, classical piano and ear training. I was accepted at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf/Germany.

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Started playing with Pop, Funk and Fusion bands when I was 17.

What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?

I think the first real big show I went to was the Queen 1981 tour in Frankfurt/Germany.

How could you describe your music?

Soulful sounding pop / RnB with strong influences from Jazz and Funk.

Describe your creative process.

The moment I realize motivation, I try to work out that idea. If it is a lyric idea, i take notes if it’s musical, I fix it on a voice recorder or in my studio. I always work out lyrics because I need them to start the composition. Then the fun part starts: I sit, playing the piano and start singing some of my prepared lyrics. If I have a good day I would start recording sth right away. I have days when I more or less make a song in one day. The work to arrange it and record it takes several more days of course.

What is your main inspiration?

Listening to music!

What musician do you admire most and why?

Donald Fagen. One of my heroes, as part of the Steely Dan duet he developped a unique musical style so interesting and soothing at once.

Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?

Oh yes, always. It’s an ever continuing process…

What are your interests outside of music?

Nature and movies.

If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?

My second choice would be Physician.

What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?

The marketing of music is the biggest challenge and I still don’t have a clue….

If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?

Listeners should be asked to pay their fav artists better.

What are your plans for the coming months?

In June 2024 I will release a six song EP with also my latest singles on it. Next year my first album will come out, I am already working out the songs.

Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?

I am really open and looking for all kind of collabs, esp with singers! Write!

Mister Styx
Mister Styx
My name is Mister Styx and I'm a music blogger and an HVAC Engineer. I'm passionate about all kinds of music, from rock to hip-hop, Jazz, and Reggae as a matter of fact I am always eager to hear new sounds as music has no barrier, and I'm always looking for new sounds to explore. Hop on lets go fetch for some new sounds!

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