You’ve probably heard of the singing Scotsman before. If not, let me catch you up. The Glaswegian began his singing career playing songs in pubs, only to be discovered through his Soundcloud account and – after releasing his debut EP, starting with the first track “Bruises”- he slowly began to gain recognition in the UK and, later, worldwide.
Fast forward to 2019, he now boasts a Number One album, has sold out an arena tour in 10 minutes, has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and TRNSMT and has earned a legion of fans young and old, not only for his talent but also for his banter on Twitter and Instagram.
I remember waiting for Bastille to come on stage and, beforehand, being greeted by a ginger guy who could sing (who wasn’t Ed Sheeran) and- from the moment he suggested it didn’t matter if people thought his songs were ‘shite’ because he ‘was getting paid regardless- I knew I’d found it…a national treasure.
He didn’t harp on about Manchester being the best city ever, or how he recorded his song with a big shot producer in their fancy mansion. Instead, he joked about how much he appreciated the crowd sticking around to hear a chubby guy sing depressing songs.
It’s not just his frankness that I find refreshing, either. He may be a (distant) relative of Peter Capaldi (of Dr Who, and other stuff, fame), but- unlike most people in the limelight – I can picture going for a pint with him like he was one of my best mates.
Capaldi is also comedy gold on his social media, serving Twitter realness and making sure we know all about the glamorous (such as when he was given a free tracksuit) and the not-so glamorous (when he blocked a toilet and had to go and get a plunger to unblock it, in New York, of course) adventures of a serious musician.
Not to mention, after Noel Gallagher slagged him off in a recent interview, Lewis not only took Gallagher’s comments as a compliment (something he hilariously documented on his Instagram Stories, you’re welcome), he also showed his love for Noel by not only coming onstage to a clip of Noel’s interview but also by wearing a shirt with Gallagher’s face in a huge red heart.
The feud soon intensified (not quite Oasis, more Oas-ish), with Noel telling ‘Chewbaca’ to ‘enjoy his 15 minutes of fame’, but how Lewis dealt with this comment only made me (and many other fans) appreciate him more. He not only turned up to TRNSMT in a Chewbaca mask, which he later auctioned off with proceeds going to the charity ‘Tiny changes’ (set up in memory of Frightened Rabbits Scott Hutchinson), he also dedicated ‘Don’t Chewbac in Anger’ to Noel.
In a world full of snowflakes and political correctness, I’m glad someone has the balls to put Noel (and other non-famous haters) in his place.
I think what makes Lewis Capaldi a national treasure™ is the fact that he is normal. He isn’t the toned, chiselled type who’ve been media trained within an inch of his life. Instead, he’s funny, honest and without the ‘I earn so much money I’m superior to the entire human race’ complex.
I honestly can’t wait to see what’s in store for him next.