- 05 Feb 19
As acoustic pop merchant Lewis Capaldi's star ascends, he talks about the pressure of success and why, if it comes to it, he'd be happy fronting a wedding band.
The first thing Lewis Capaldi does on sitting down with Hot Press is to declare the 12 months just past the craziest of his life.
He's about to wrap up a sold-out tour - including two nights at Dublin's Helix - and has become the first unsigned artist to top the Spotify streaming charts. All of this and, as his inclusion in the Hot Press Hot For countdown confirms, he's just getting started (among other things to look forward to, he's up for the 2019 Brits Critics Choice prize).
"It's not been a normal one," says the 22-year-old West Lothian singer-songwriter who, if you're wondering, is indeed distantly related to Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi. "Over five days, my new EP came out and we did two sold-out shows at the Barrowlands in Glasgow and then Shepherd's Bush Empire. It's a pretty mad. Hopefully it doesn't slow down and I won't become unemployed."