What is your names?
What is your genre of music?
All sorts! There’s a bit of ska, country, off beat..
Give us a little bio about you.
My name is Emily Capell and I have a band. We’re from North West London. We’ve had three EP’s out that you can buy online and at gigs. The last one was called ‘Who Stands With Latasha Harlins?”
We’ve had residencies at The Dublin Castle and Proud Gallery in London. Live sessions and tracks of the week on BBC London and Radio X. Played festivals including Glastonbury and Isle of Wight and I recently won a Jools Holland Music Award for Best Newcomer!
Next year we’re releasing out first album.
What made you go in to music?
My love for Joe Strummer
Are you a signed?
Yes, I am signed to Boho records.
You released your EP ‘ Who Stands With Latasha Harlins?’,tell us more about it.
‘Who Stands With Latasha Harlins?” is our five track EP. It was the third EP that we released and its been great!
What was the writing process like?
I wrote Latasha Harlins over the period of a year. I’m not really confident as a writer, I find it hard to turn off my inner critic. I was listing to a lot of DOO WAP and SKA also people like James Hunter and The Clash. I listen to loads of different music all the time so there’s always loads of influences in my writing. Until Monday is a lot like The Clash and Twisting is a lot like Sam Cooke, that’s what you get with my writing, its always all over the place!
What was the recording process like?
Recording ‘Latasha’ I’d say was the best recording session I have ever done. We recorded at Jacket Studios in Harpenden. I can not praise our producer Jack Hobbs enough. He nailed everything I suggested! We put the bass, drums and guitar down then vocals and then brass. We did the whole thing in five days. I don’t like to mess about in the studio. I prefer gigging and writing and rehearsing.
What is the message you want listeners to take from the EP?
The message I’d like people to take is just to learn about who Latasha Harlins was and what happened to her. Obviously I’d like people to enjoy it and come down to the gigs and actually bloody buy it too!
Describe each track in two words.
UNTIL MONDAY: BLOODY GOOD
NO WORRIES : NIRVANA TRIBUTE
BONANZA : SMASH HIT
TWISTING: ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT
TUPAC: BEST-SONG EVER
Who did you work on with the EP?
Jack hobbs and Matt Cowley. Mafu is my musical director and he did a great job. I got to Matt with a demo and tell him what I’d like and he helps me mould it. He is a genius!
Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?
Yes we have a tour coming in the new year to coincide with the album release and I’m supporting The Spitfires and From the Jam at a few gigs before the end of the new year.
If so where are you thinking of heading?
All over the UK. We’re going to Manchester, London, Brighton…
What else can we expect from you this year?
Its November so hopefully people aren’t expecting too much! I’m just sat around writing at the moment for the album.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Yes I do. I can’t really say too much about it, but there’s some wicked songs coming up!! I’m trying to get EARL SLICK to be on the album, I gigged with him when I did the Glen Matlock tour. Earl, if you’re reading this reply to my bloody email!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yeah of course! Just tweet me and we’ll sort it out. Unless you’re someone rubbish or a Chelsea fan. I don’t want to collaborate with anyone like that!… Yes I am aware Paul Weller is a Chelsea fan but if he wants to collaborate he needs to realise who the best team in West London are!
play any instruments?
Yeah! Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin and Banjo and I sing too!
Who are your influences?
Everyone! Aztec Camera to Frank Sinatra.. But you’ll never meet a bigger Joe Strummer fan than me! FACT!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I just look at things and write about them. I’m not telling you all my secrets though!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Loads of other things! I go to QPR and I support Jeremy Corbyn. I went to see him speak in Harrow with Owen Jones and it was amazing. I just do normal things like watch Bake off and eat chocolate with my friends! I’m like the Carrie Bradshaw of Harrow! Hahahaha!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Never underestimate the power of going from an ohhhh to an ahhhhh – Steve Osbourne told me that at REAL WORLD.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just do what you want to do. Don’t listen to anyone else and wear whatever clothes you want. And try not to box yourself cause it will be bloody hard to get out of that box!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
What would Joe Strummer do?
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Hahahaha! I have no idea! I can take you to the house where they filmed The Good Life!
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Home and in the bath
2/ Who do you see first? My mum and my dog Dolly Beyonce
3/What do you eat first? Corned beef hash with a fried egg on the top. That’s also what I eat when I come home from festivals.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
What songs coming next
How long you’re got left
Where to put the capo