There are few other countries in the world that are as proud and patriotic as Scotland. Come rain or shine, triumph or defeat, Scotland’s always the best place to be for most of us. When it comes to talented people who are successful and are making a go of it, the people of Scotland will support them to the end. So, when Lewis Capaldi from West Lothian released his first song ‘Bruises’ on Spotify, we Scots were the first to rally behind him. Then so did Germany, then so did America and so did millions of other people across the world. When I spoke to him he had just got back from a tour of Europe and was about to head to Japan for the first time. Within the space of six months “the phone hasn’t stopped ringing and my feet haven’t touched the ground.” After realising during a job trial that his ice cream scooping skills weren’t up to scratch for the people of Livingston he decided that “being anything else for me was just never gonna happen.”
Most singer/songwriters just starting out hope for a few hundred views on a song but when bruises started to rack in millions overnight “immediately we had booked to go to America to have all these meetings.” And the success has been totally unexpected for Lewis and his managers, with his first hit surpassing the likes of Calvin Harris. Lewis admitted that Bruises was a last minute thing and that he played lots of other songs to record labels but in the end it was that song that stole the show. Lewis is the kind of musician that is even better live, the room goes silent apart from when everyone is singing the lyrics to the songs. However, the most likable thing about Lewis is his humbleness and unapologetic Scottish manner. He’s West Lothian through and through, something he doesn’t want to lose, along with the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran, he’s authentic and he’s himself. He’s even not ashamed to admit that he has the ability to write a song about someone his intoxicated mind has fallen in love with after a few venoms at the Twig in Bathgate- we’ve all been there. Some of the greatest bands and artists in the world such as Oasis are also some of the most normal and approachable people – never losing their colloquial attitude. Despite the millions of views, being contacted to the same record label as Sam Smith and having just been included in the BBC music’s sound of 2018, it’s all a bonus and fame isn’t his main priority. It’s comments like “An unbelievably massive honour for an unbelievably unfit man from Scotland” that assures us the success hasn’t gone to his head (yet).
He regards his success as ‘luck’ and says he’ll “be at a club in West Lothian on Xmas” before flying out to America on New Years Day- good luck with that one. While talking about everything he’s up to and the complete whirlwind that is his life he also says he doesn’t want to come across as cheesy or big headed or to put bluntly into his words, a complete “w**nk”. It is more than obvious that music has always been ingrained into him, starting out playing in pubs and bars at 12 years old and his want to keep playing music even if the high profile stuff goes out the window. He wants to “just see how long I can ride this particular ride and momentum- fact that folk are coming to see gigs out their own pocket is wild”. Well I personally think this ride will be a long one, and even if it does go belly up, I can guarantee you’ll find a dancefloor full of half cut people at the Twig, slurring the lyrics of ‘Bruises’ and my favourite ‘Fade’ for many years to come.