|Also known as||Major Tom, Young Capey, Zeus, Killah Cape|
|Born||Cape Town, South Africa|
|Genres||Pop, rap, hip-hop, power pop, progressive rock|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, music producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, cello|
Chris Cape is a South African born songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Since relocating to London in September 2006, Cape has been heavily involved in the UK music industry as a session musician, songwriter and performer. In addition to his solo work, Cape joined the art-rock band, Yearner Babies, from 2008 to 2010 as bass player and songwriter, playing festivals across the UK including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party.
Early life and background
Born to two classical musicians in Cape Town, Cape was heavily involved musically throughout his school career playing cello from age seven in both orchestral and solo capacities. In 2003 he was awarded a music scholarship to South Africa’s top school Diocesan College. Through the next few years Cape began exploring Jazz and Gospel music with South African Jazz legend Shannon Mowday and friend Jaydine Baron, keyboard player and producer for Danny K among others.
Move to the UK and studies
Shortly before leaving South Africa in 2006, Cape completed his Grade 8 Cello with ABRSM and achieved one of the top marks in his category, resulting in a scholarship offer from the Royal Schools of Music in London. Cape turned down the offer from ABRSM, as his contemporary music studies at the Academy of Contemporary Music had already commenced. In 2010 he graduated with a National Diploma, Higher National Diploma and an Honours Degree in contemporary music majoring in Guitar.
You Know What I Mean?
Cape’s self-released debut EP, You Know What I Mean?, was more rock-rap orientated than anything he has done since. The sound of the album was almost entirely based on the extensive touring Cape had done with his live band the year leading up to its release. Notable band members during this era included singer-songwriter Georgia Mason and now film-score composer Calum Upton.
Direction change and Message from Outer-Space
Cape began drawing on influences Grandaddy and David Bowie, among others experimenting more with synthesized elements and space-themed lyrics. This new direction led to a more theatrical live show as well as the DIY music video Major Tom (a reference to Bowie's fictional character Major Tom) and its Message from Outer-Space EP.
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