[interview] The Capitals – Playing Park Acoustics this Sunday, 31st March

[interview] The Capitals - Playing Park Acoustics this Sunday, 31st March

This Sunday at Park Acoustics, you can catch the talented Pretoria based band, The Capitals. Let get to know them a little better with a short interview and their bio. This is what the gents had to say:


Born, bred and based in Pretoria, The Capitals are four relatively good looking guys with a love for their city and immense a passion for their country; they will pick a fight with anyone who says there’s no hope.

In mid 2017, after its two originating members decided to leave the band to get married and start a family, Rics Eltze and Conrad Rudolph were faced with the decision of giving up or fighting for their vision. They chose the latter. Conrad took the reins as frontman and recruited the help of musician friends Seth Fobian on bass and Wesley Ward on rhythm guitar. Together they have experienced exponential growth and continue to soar.

Making waves in greater Gauteng and the North West Province, The Capitals – alongside their already dedicated Pretoria fan base – have had a very successful 2018, opening for renowned acts Francois van Coke and Jack Parow on several occasions. The band has also played alongside Gangs of Ballet, Matthew Mole and Desmond and the Tutus, but their focus still remains the audience’s enjoyment, regardless of the location or size of the crowd.

Having graced the stages of some of South Africa’s most renowned rock venues like Arcade Empire and Aandklas Hatfield, the band made their Splashy Fen Festival debut this year, garnering new fans in KZN. Come December, they will extend their reach to the Free State, Eastern Cape and Western Cape with a national tour, promoting their soon-to-be-released debut EP, ‘Danger, Gevaar, Ingozi.’

Their energetic performances constantly improve as they push themselves harder, and their heartfelt, honest lyrics never fail to take audiences on a rollercoaster of emotions as they explore what it means to be human.

The Capitals want to meet people where they’re at and give them an unforgettable experience – whether they’re in a rut, on top of the world or just looking for a party.


Date: Sunday, 31 March 2019
Venue: Voortrekker Monument, PTA
Entrance: R150 online at http://www.parkacoustics.co.za, R175at the gate.
(Free for children under the age of 6, R15 per vehicle at entrance of nature reserve.)
Time: Gates open 10AM – 18h30PM
Line-Up: Spoegwolf, Bad Peter, Len Muller, The Capitals, DSCO Cam, Native Young & More!
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2ECN4KY

Interview: The Capitals
[interview] The Capitals - Playing Park Acoustics this Sunday, 31st March

MA: Hello gents, rad to be chatting, how you doing?

Hello, hello! We are fantastic, thanks! Very busy, but it keeps us out of trouble, so no complaints.

MA: Do you mind starting with a quick 101 on who The Capitals are? Where in SA are you from and how did you get started in the music scene?

The Capitals are just four regular dudes from different parts of the country who met and are based in Pretoria, the capital city. We like to keep a positive outlook on life and want people to join in on that way of thinking. We’ve gone through quite a few transitions but we’ve been going as the Capitals for a little over two years now, just playing as often as we can.

MA:What are some of your musical influences?

Coldplay, Onerepublic, Gangs of Ballet I’d say would the main overlapping ones between the four of us.

MA: Do you have any major highlights in your musical career thus far?

We got to play with Beatenberg earlier this year which has been an absolute dream come true. And then we’ve wanted to play Park Acoustics for a really long time. It’s probably the biggest event in Pretoria and we know that the line of bands wanting to play is extremely long so it’s a massive privilege to get the opportunity and it’s definitely a big feather in our cap.

[interview] The Capitals - Playing Park Acoustics this Sunday, 31st March
MA: What are your thoughts of our local music scene at the moment?

We’re really excited about it. I think it’s been at a bit of a weird place with the rise of digital streaming and suddenly having to compete with international markets more, but there’s definitely been a shift in the last while with people supporting local acts more and that has us really excited. I think South Africa still has a lot of music to give the world.

MA: Any acts/bands/artists that you think need a special mention?

Well, Spoegwolf, I mean, come on. No. 1 on iTunes! That’s incredible.
The Forester. South African, but they’ve been in Japan for the last two years doing some cool stuff over there. Definitely worth checking out.
And then two acts that recently dropped EP’s, Werner Bekker and The Great Yawn! They’re fantastic.

[interview] The Capitals - Playing Park Acoustics this Sunday, 31st March
MA: You will be playing at Park Acoustics event this month…. Are you excited for the gig? What can we expect from your set?

As I mentioned we’ve been trying to get a slot for ages so we’re over the moon! It’s also our drummer Ricky’s birthday so we’re coming with a party planned and we might even be giving away some gifts…

MA: Anything else you currently working on that we may be interested in?

We just released the first single, ‘Bright Lights’, off our debut EP and the response has been pretty good so far. We feel it represents us pretty well so we’re really excited to see how it’s received and we’re doing a music video for that soon as well. And then we do silly videos on Instagram and Facebook from time to time which we think are pretty funny.

MA: Where can people follow you on Social Media?

Our Facebook and Instagram handles are @thecapitalsofficial and we pretty much have everything there that you’ll need to stay up to date. If you’re a twitter person, get us at @thecapitals_

MA: Thanks for your time.

Thanks for chatting to us. Always a privilege.


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