Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi (9:00 PM)

Ashe (8:00 PM)

Wed, June 6, 2018

7:00 pm

$20.00

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Lewis Capaldi - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Lewis Capaldi
When Lewis Capaldi’s debut single Bruises exploded in mid-2017 it seemed from an outside
perspective to have all the hallmarks of an overnight sensation. How could this 20-year-old
with a soul-wrenching voice that sounded like it had been hewn from granite seemingly
emerge from nowhere with a song of such emotional depth?



A stripped-back and almost painfully raw meditation on love and loss from a writer who
seemed like he’d already lived several lives and had the scars to prove it, within weeks it
had racked up an astonishing 20 million Spotify plays and topped streaming charts around
the world.



“Once we got to 10 million, I was like, ‘Right, I’m going to stop looking at this because I’m
happy with that,’” laughs Capaldi, sat in a Soho coffee shop in a rare bit of down time.
“People ask me, ‘How do you feel about everything?’ I’m confused, I’m like, ‘How the hell
has this happened?’ I was happy to release something and then to just see it explode.
People are telling me that they’ve heard it in shops in Thailand, they’ve been in Zante and
Magaluf and Ibiza and they’ve heard remixes of it in clubs. It’s absolutely mental. I’m kind of
always thinking that someone’s going to turn around and tell me, ‘Oh lad, we’re only
joking!’”



Have a listen to any of the other tunes Capaldi has been stockpiling into a goldmine of songs
and it seem very, very unlikely that anyone will be saying that. Capaldi is that rare thing: a
writer who can take his own experiences and pain and craft them into deeply effecting,
heart-bruised truths that resonate with anyone who hears them.



If Capaldi seems to have a maturity as an artist and a performer that goes beyond his years
then that might be down to the fact that he’s had a bit of a head start. In fact, given the
years of graft the West Lothian native has put in, he’d probably take umbrage at the notion
that it was an “overnight” success.



“I picked the guitar up at nine, started writing songs at eleven and then was gigging from 12
onwards,” he states matter-of-factly, before delivering a bit of customary self-deprecation.
“I mean, they were awful songs, but it was fun. I was always trying to get in places, playing
at pubs. I’d show up and try and blag my way in. I’d have to hide in the toilets and then
jump out and do my set as quickly as possible before anyone knew there was a 12-year-old
in the pub.”



From then on in Capaldi devoted every spare moment he had to writing and performing.
Playing gigs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and anywhere he could find a receptive audience, he was
constantly working on songs, finding his voice as a songwriter and honing his craft with
unwavering dedication. All the while developing the rough-around-the-edges vocals that
would make those songs soar.



“I’m constantly writing. Even now, if I’m not doing a gig or in rehearsals, I’m writing. It’s
constant because you’re only as good as your next song,” he says, perhaps forgetting for a
moment that he’s got one of the most acclaimed debut releases this year already under his


belt. “A lot of my pals laugh because they’re roofers and electricians and they’ve got real
jobs, and I’ll go, ‘Oh man, I’m so stressed out trying to write songs,” They’re like, “Shut the
hell up.” I get it, but it’s a slog, man. It can be proper difficult at times.”



It’s a slog that has paid off in spades. With “hundreds of songs” crafted in the last year
alone, Lewis Capaldi is already shaping up to be one of the British Isles’ most gifted
songwriters. Preposterously, when it comes to the daunting process of picking a dozen for a
debut album in the future, he feels that Bruises might not even make the cut.



“An album has to sound cohesive. So if Bruises still to me feels like it should be on the album
at that point, then I don’t see why not,” he ponders. “I’m constantly writing, but then it’s
the hope that every song will be better than the last one. It’s just constantly trying to better
yourself.”



Not a bad position to find yourself in, but if he feels the success of his first offering might be
fading he’s sorely mistaken.



“Yesterday I phoned up the bank and the girl was like, “I’ll phone you back in ten minutes…”
She phoned back in ten minutes and said, “Oh, I recognised your name, I really like your
song”.’ He recalls with disbelief. “Things like that are just like ‘… Oh shit, that’s weird.’”



Much as he might currently find it strange, Capaldi’s success is only going to grow from
here. He’d better get used to it.
Ashe - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Ashe
California native, Ashe, has been turning heads with her balance of modern day pop writing and vintage vocals.

Graduate in composition & production from world renowned, Berklee College of Music, Ashe gained international exposure as a songwriter and jazz vocalist.

She quickly gained notoriety in the electronic space after collaborating with the likes of Louis the Child, Whethan, Shaun Frank, Ben Phipps and many more. After accumulating more than 75 million Spotify streams, 8 #1 Hype Machines in a row and charting #1 on the Spotify Global Viral 50, Ashe inked deals with Mom + Pop Music, SONGS music publishing and Paradigm Talent Agency to release her debut solo track "Used to It". Recent performances at Coachella and Red Rocks with Big Gigantic and a run of dates on The Chainsmokers arena tour alongside Shaun Frank and Whethan
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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