By Lexi Lane
Carla Cappa, known mainly in music as CAPPA, had an amazing year in 2015. She topped the Viral Spotify charts around the world, peaking at number four for her rendition of TLC’s “No Scrubs” in November. Her new single, “Goddess,” premiered in Nylon this past December. Cappa was also named as one of the biggest artists to watch by several other sites. Based on her accomplishments so far, it’s obvious an even bigger and better 2016 is in store.
LL: What made you decide to start over under the name CAPPA?
Cappa: I guess I never really considered it as “starting over” at the time. I had been making music for so long, since the age of seven, and I wanted it to feel fresh. Going under my last name, CAPPA, just kind of gave the music a new life.
LL: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned over the years in regards to music or just personally?
Cappa: I’ve learned that you should never let the word “no” stop you from following your dreams or pursuing your passions. Not everyone will understand what you’re doing, but you can’t let that matter. I’ve had so many people tell me no in the past, and even to this day. You just have to keep on going.
LL: If you could collab or meet another singer or group, either dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Cappa: This is such a hard question! I would love to meet Michael Jackson. Who wouldn’t? I feel like talking to him for five minutes would be insanely inspiring.
LL: How has moving and living in Nashville influenced you as a musician and singer, if at all?
Cappa: Moving to Nashville has definitely influenced me because there are so many musicians here who are working hard and striving to make it. Seeing that on a daily basis keeps me pushing.
LL: Who are your favorite artists at the moment?
Cappa: I’ve been listening to a lot of Troye Sivan, MO, and Pvris.
LL: Where do you draw most of your inspiration from?
Cappa: Most of my songs are about real life experiences or something that I’ve learned that I want to emote to other people through a story in a song. Sometimes I’m in a really happy mood and time in my life, and my songs begin to reflect that. Other times, however, I’m pretty upset or angry, and then my songs tend to emote that. Those songs are the most fun for me.
LL: Do you have any new songs or an album in the works? If so, can you give a hint of what to expect?
Cappa: I do! I have lots of new music in the works. Style wise the new music is right on board with my recent releases except I’m definitely taking it a few notches up.
LL: How would you describe your sound in one word?
Cappa: I would describe it as “vibey-pop.”
LL: What’s your favorite song that you’ve written and why?
Cappa: So far my favorite song that I’ve released into the world has been “Other Girls” because it was about something pretty personal I went through. Those kind of songs are always the most rewarding.