A rewind to the 90's takes us to the beginning of Caplen’s story. Born to a mother from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and an English father, he started playing cello and piano as a child, and subsequently earned a scholarship to develop his musical talents at a university in Portland.
Jazz, gospel and the sensual sound of Sade was the soundtrack to Caplen’s childhood, but it was his older brother’s influence that had the most impact. Mixtapes from DJ Clue and DJ Envy presented an insight into a whole other world, but it was John Legend who most captured his imagination as an R&B artist with the confidence to craft brutally honest lyrics. Now you can also hear traces of Kanye West, Gregory Porter, Chance The Rapper and James Blake in Caplen’s inimitable style.
After graduating, Caplen uploaded his cello-based take on SBTRKT’s ‘Wildfire’ to YouTube which immediately sparked a vast array of opportunities. He soon found himself touring with the likes of Honne, Anne-Marie, Jay Prince and his friend Rag‘n’Bone Man.