**UPDATE 09 MAY 2017** Hello everyone, thanks so much for the support with this release. The video got around 20k views between Facebook and YouTube in the first few days and the man himself MARK HAMILL shared the song with some kind words on both Twitter and Facebook. It’s safe to conclude that this release is a success!
Finally the music video for “Mark Hamill Can Handle” is here!
All I want is for you to enjoy this song/video and share it with anyone who may enjoy it.
A little while ago I wrote and recorded a new song on a whim and what happened was amazing. The song captured the joy and anticipation felt all around me leading up to the first Star Wars movie in a decade and the comeback of cultural icons like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia. Mark Hamill himself tweeted the song saying he was ‘surprised and humbled’ by it, which was way more than I could have hoped for with the song.
Sadly since then we’ve lost Carrie Fisher who was not only a screen Princess but someone who helped to change social stigmas surrounding mental health difficulties with her wit and vulnerable honesty. We miss you Carrie, RIP.
Today my latest video “Lawnmower” is set loose on the world. It stars Amy Walton who is the same person you can hear singing on the record. Amy is a talented jazz singer currently living near me in London. I was very excited when she confirmed her interest in starring in this video with me. Thanks AMY!
Amy Crankshaw-Luyendijk did our make-up, arranged the props and filmed the entire video.
I’ve had this idea for a long time now and am extremely happy with how it’s turned out.
This is the title song from my latest EP “The Lawnmower EP” which is avaiable on Spotify and Apple Music / Itunes at the links below:
Both the video and the song are rich in Genesis references and themes. It is about us wrestling for our place in the cosmos and working out how we fit in. This is specifically my experience of the struggle but I’m sure you can relate.
If you are based in London, make sure to come down to the George Tavern (E1 0LA) for the official launch party and gig! I have a drummer joining me on stage for this one and it’s going to be huge.
If you digg the stuff I’m making and would like to help in anyway then the best ways to help are:
1. share my stuff passionately on your social media platforms,
2. send emails, and messages to your friends with the songs.
3. give me cash so I can buy a new computer and keep this stuff coming! 😉
I was inspired to write the lyrics of “Love My People” after a Skype conversation with a friend far far away. He gave me be a boost of encouragement. This one is dedicated to my inner-circle in sunny Cape Town.
The music came as a result of Robsco (school friend/musician) and I losing our minds in a small room cooking under the African summer sun.
This is a serious jam and I hope it eases your commuting and flavours your vibes.
Here are some live performance clips from the impromptu launch gig for “The Lawnmower EP”. After the original London gig was cancelled due to a knee injury Chris Cape put on live show in the living room for a few friends. The songs featured are “Worth It”, “For The Money” and “Lawnmower”. Make sure to share!
The bulk of this album was written and recorded in Cape Town with Robsco, and we finished it up while in London and Mexico City.
For me, the EP is a time capsule both lyrically and musically, representing a specific time spent in Cape Town. During this time, my friend Robsco was a sounding board for me as I discussed certain issues with him, and the music mostly flowed as a result of these discussions while jamming, without actually expecting to form an EP or create any complete tracks at all. What we have ended up with is a musical portrayal of thoughts and experiences of life at the time. The lyrics tackle the issues I was working through and resolve themselves with “Love My People”.
After many delays caused by several geographical relocations and some near unintentional geographical relocations… (a long story but it will no doubt make it into the lyrical content of future work)…
I am releasing my new “The Lawnmower EP” on the 30th of August! Yip that is soon!
It’s a four track Cape Town-based, Cape Town-inspired, Cape Town-conceived and if all goes well Cape Town-celebrated collection of songs. All tracks were co-produced with fellow Cape Town musician Robsco (The City, The Kifness, Momentss , Chilled Vibes etc.).
These songs were all written in Cape Town with the exception of the song “Love My People”, which is a dedication to my wonderful friends back home. I miss you all so much and I hope my offering finds you in a good zone. Aweh.
To everyone in London, thanks for letting me tear it up here and being down to boogie.
There will be a launch gig at Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch (East London) on the 30th of August and I will be playing at around 8.30pm. It’s free entry so turn up and get down.
But for now go watch this “making of” video to get a taste of what’s coming!