Lea Cappelli the smooth sultry seductress of sound has a dark jazzy voice and a cool vibe beyond her years. Time to pour that glass of wine, light a fire and lay across a fur rug with the one you love…
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Arizona. Currently living in Brooklyn, New York.
How did you discover you had a musical gift?
I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t singing. I started taking lessons really young, age 5, and I remember it coming so naturally to me. The other elements of my music, like production and playing instruments, came after and were tougher to grasp. It was always the voice.
Loving your dark synth trip-hop jazz vibe, describe more elements to your sound:
Thank you! I remember when I first got together with Dominic Fallacaro, producer of the EP, he asked me to send him some songs that influenced me. I ended up sending him a playlist of 50 songs from all different genres. Jeff Buckley, D’angelo, Portishead, etc. I think a lot of these elements have shaped my writing and lent to the sound of the EP.
Who are you as an artist?
When I saw my first concert I was 13 years old. It was Fiona Apple’s Extraordinary Machine tour. I remember looking at her onstage, singing with so much unbridled, unfiltered passion and rage. I knew in that moment that I wanted to be an artist. To translate my feelings to people who could relate, feel fulfilled, and connected by my art.
Are you working with a number of producers, who are you working with?
Dominic Fallacaro was the producer of my upcoming EP Fever Dream, and I’m currently working with Mike Irish on some exciting unreleased content.
Tell us about the concept for your video ’Such A Lovely Thing’, how did it all come together?
There’s a darkness in that song that is palpable to me, but I wanted the video to translate that feeling even more. “Such a lovely thing / When I’m kept beneath your skin” is a positive line, but the song was written about transformation and a discovery of self. My mom, Kelly Cappelli, directed the video and we shared the same dramatic vision.
Is fashion a big part of who you are as an artist, describe your style:
Fashion has always felt important to me because it helps you express yourself physically, which is what so many people I know are using as a tool to talk about their beliefs and ideals. In person I can also be quite shy, so I use clothing and fashion to help me transform into what I feel is another self onstage.
Do you feel empowered as a female artist?
Absolutely. There are so many females killing it right now, and I’m proud to be in such a truthful, unapologetic group of women.
What would you like to see more of in the music world?
I’d like to see more people being true to themselves. Whenever I listen to music I like to hear anything that makes me feel “full.” It could be any genre but you can always tell when someone is giving music their all.
What artists do you find yourself listening to the most?
Little Dragon, Radiohead, Beck, Nick Cave, Lauryn Hill, Portishead and Patti Smith.
What exciting things do you have coming up?
A tour is in order soon, and a new music video I’m really proud of. I always update my socials with information.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
Our society views beauty through the lens of traditionally pretty fashion models and magazines spreads. I’ve always loved a more sinister take on this. How fascinating is it to turn this concept on its head and make an unsettling, darker version?