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Spotlight Interview with Joey Capo

Joey Capo just dropped a fresh EP that takes on a smooth and cinematic R&B pop feel that incorporates a set of gorgeously textured instrumentation and alluring vocals that stick to a personal but catchy persona.

The Emocean EP is loaded with all kinds of tasteful production and crisp clean soundscapes that are wrapped up nicely with a sweet sheen that gives the songs a shine to them.

The singing on this record is spot on and the swagger is balanced perfectly as the artist wears his heart on his sleeves with an honest and fresh approach.

The record feels big. There are surprises all over this thing and you end starting to expect the unexpected.

The EP brings together several genres that click together like pieces of a puzzle because of his songwriting style.

Hooks that feel like they were meant for you and beats that sort of let the song swim around in the air around you so you can easily get washed away with everything.

This is a strong release that brings up struggles, wants, ambition, and moving on.

The songs are laid out like chapters actually. Almost like this is a concept record of sorts.

Maybe that's exactly what it is. Either way it digs pretty deep and does it with a killer freshness and by the time you get halfway through the record, it's created this atmosphere of its own.

With the release of this tastefully performed and radio friendly EP, we wanted to have a chat with the artist to find out where this may have all come from.

Here's what went down.

RAG: Okay so let's start with Emocean EP. This record has a great allure and honesty to it! Where did this EP come from?

The inspiration behind the EP emocean is the thought of constantly treading in our emotions. And like the ocean, people can only see what’s happening on the surface. Which metaphorically resembles the good times we are in. On the surface we don’t seem like we struggling and everything is going well. Because to others is looks like we are enjoying the swim. But the part that no one sees is below that surface. Fighting not too drown in the low moments, while holding on to the high moments that can keep us afloat. The beach has always been my own personal oasis to life. It’s where I go to reflect on everything good or bad. So to make a project that revolves around that type aesthetic allowed me to connect with the music I wanted to make and the story I wanted to tell.

RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

People that I find the most inspiration from are Mike., Drake, Sam Hunt, Post Malone, and Hans Zimmer

RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?

I started writing music secretively when I was 16. I used it in a way like someone would journal their life. But the creative aspect of putting into a song is what made it more memorable and helped me connect more deeply to what I was writing about. However, as time went on, my love for making music became more of a way to connect with people around the world. To create a song from a moment I’ve either personally experienced, seen, or heard, and to release that song and see other people relating to it, or helping them get through a similar situation. That is what’s really fulfilling to me. Because all I truly want to do with my music is inspire the listener to either chase the dreams they have, let them know they aren’t alone, or give them that guidance to be the best version of themselves every day.

RAG: What's next for you as an artist?

Since 2020, I started diving deeper into music production. And outside of the music I have been producing for myself, I also want to start working with other singer/songwriters and producing for them. I also have been wanting to get into scoring movies or making music for different films.

RAG: What inspires you to write a song?

My process has changed a lot over time. Especially for the emocean EP. I used to only create songs just off experiences I would have like I said before. Which I still do today. But recently I started taking a different approach. I’ve been watching a lot of different films, and will see certain scenes that will spark an idea. Sometimes the idea comes from a line in the movie or situation that I would breakdown and think what would I do if that happened to me. Other times I would look at a certain scene in the movie and try to create a song that would go with it in the background.

RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

Living in Southern California I’m always trying be outside either going on hikes or going to the beach.

RAG: Who are you listening to right now?

I’ve been listening to the artist Mike. and his album The Highs.

RAG: Are you doing live performances?

I am starting to get back into doing a lot more performances this summer now that venues in my area have been fully opening back up.

This EP seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming artists out there?

Don’t be scared to release music. Get out of your own way when it comes to creating the music. Our only limits are the ones we create. Just keep going.

RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Thank you for all of your endless support. Thank you for your patience the past couple months as I created my newest EP emocean. Because the wait is now over!

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