Friday, November 4

Center Stage - Cape Horn

Cape Horn is a new project by long time musical collaborators Kelly & Mike. After being involved in a number of bands together for nearly half a decade, the couple has decided to stray away and and start their own musical venture as a duo. Based in New York City and Los Angeles, Cape Horn is preparing to release their debut album in 2017. 

We love what we've heard from Cape Horn already with their understated yet impeccably tasteful song Monsters - and can't wait to hear what's in store for what's sure to be an exciting and promising musical career. 

Get to know Cape Horn; what's feeding their creativity, and what they're planning for their future:

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
A velvety combo of Americana and Indie vibes 

If you were to cover another band/artist's album, which would you pick?
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass 

What's the story behind your band name?
Cape Horn is the southernmost headland in Tierra Del Fuego in Chile (where Kelly is originally from). It is also the place where the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans collide. It's hazardous strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs made it notorious as a sailors' graveyard. There are many stories about sailing around Cape Horn that we found really interesting. The imagery also fits the moody vibe of our music, and we also just think it sounds cool...

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process
Yes, we write all our music. Usually I (Kelly) will come up with a basic song idea on guitar, and then Mike will co-write and produce/arrange the tune. Sometimes Mike will create a track first and then send to me to write on. It changes every time but we’re enjoying exploring all kinds of different writing methods. 

What has been the highlight of 2016, either for you personally or for the band? What was the low point?
It’s been awesome deciding to start our own project, it’s really been a long time coming! So we’ve been enjoying writing together and just making music. The low point I guess has been not playing live at all in 2016. We’ve been focused at the studio but hope to get out there and play some gigs soon! 

What is the rest of 2016 looking like for you? Can you give give us a little hint on what's to come in the near future?
We hope to put out a single before the end of the year. We’re also going to be moving to Los Angeles from NYC in January! Once we’re in LA we’ll be working on our debut album to release in 2017. 

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio?
So hard to choose! We both really really love the studio - having your own space to create, explore and collaborate with musicians is a really special thing. At the same time though, there’s nothing like playing live. Connecting with an attentive and receptive audience is one of the best feelings ever. 

Any embarrassing on stage moments you'd like to share? C’mon, don’t be shy.
I once got the hiccups mid song and they wouldn’t go away. I had to stop the show! That was a long time ago though, hopefully I’ll spare Cape Horn some embarrassment once we start playing some shows.

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate your creativity?
We both love traveling, playing tennis and just hanging out with friends and family. Taking time to do this definitely rejuvenates creativity. We find that being well rounded people really helps us be at our best when it’s time to make music. 

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
Love being able to reach all these people all over the world that would never have heard our music if it wasn’t for RA!