The Emerging Artists Series takes place every day of Summerfest on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage with 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. This series highlights up-and-coming local, national and international talent during daily performances that not only showcase great live music, but also engages the audience by having fans vote each day their favorite performance.
We’ve reached out to several of this year’s artists and asked them a few questions about their experience at Summerfest.
This week we hear from CAPITANO from Frankfurt/Berlin, Germany. They performed this year at Summerfest on June 29 at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage.
Thanks guys for taking the time to answer some questions about your experience.
- Was this your first time in Milwaukee? Did you get to try anything that is typical to Wisconsin?
Yes, it was our very first time. We had all kinds of great food but tried not to get too crazy with it. I hear butter burgers are a thing, cheese curds, too. I love me a good burger but by now I tend to get heartburn, so we tried to stick to Thai and Chinese food. It’s kind of our thing wherever we go. But we did have some great beers with David - from Summerfest. He is the reason why we were able to play Summerfest. He gave in after we had been stalking him from Sweden to Newfoundland. After our show, we had some great hoppy beers with him. I guess he was relieved it did not turn out to be a huge mistake to book us. Ha!
- Can you tell us a little about your experience of getting to the festival? Did you get here early or on the day of your show? What’s the funniest thing that happened?
Oh it was crazy. We had to book our flights quite late, so the cheapest way to fly was actually to stay for a full-blown week. We had a couple of days in Chicago, but the rest of the trip we stayed at this oddly beautiful bed & breakfast in Racine called the Christmas House - a very peculiar place. It was an unforgettable experience. We are actually putting together a short film about the whole week. It will be out in a couple of days (I think). The festival (Summerfest) itself is impressive, so many different people, so many different acts. We went to the festival three days in a row! I guess the funniest thing (in hindsight) was our rental car being towed after the show. With all our gear in it. Good thing the city of Milwaukee didn’t tow the car before our set.
- Did you get to experience any of the festival besides playing your set? Who did you see or want to see?
We’ve been busy a lot but always had little sneak peeks at all the stages at some point. I would have loved to have seen Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Snoop, and The Roots. I love to dance, obviously, and to have all these incredible performers in one city, you won’t get that in Germany. But from what I actually saw at Summerfest, I was impressed most by the School of Rock kids. We shared our backstage with those kiddos, they were so young and played so well. I wish I would have been that good at that age. Made me crazy jealous.
- What is your favorite song to play on your setlist? What do you think is the audience’s favorite song to hear?
Every show is different, and every crowd reacts differently to our songs. Some audiences connect with a certain song, others don’t. You never know until they do. I personally like “I wear a MASK“ because it starts very slow and is very theatrical. It’s one of the first songs of our set, most people still haven’t made up their minds about whether they dig our music or not. I walk among the audience, wearing a mask made of sneakers and feathers. It creeps people out, but I also see a lot of smiles too. I love how the whole thing is confusing to people, it’s challenging and we really grab everyone’s attention with it.
- Do you have anything you want to say to the fans that voted for you?
Hey strangers. Thank you for opening your hearts for Capitano. For giving us a chance, your time, your attention, and your vote. You didn’t have to do it, you did it anyway. It means the world to us, and thanks to Leah Capelle (2019 Emerging Artist). We went shoulder to shoulder with her Saturday (June 29). She’s tough competition as an artist and a very pleasant person to be around.
- What can your fans expect next from you?
A new chapter! We have one album on the shelf and just released the first single in over a year. We’ll be back in the studio by October and will drop new singles time after time from there. We actually got L.A.’s Jeff Bova to produce our songs, a great Grammy-winning artist and an amazing guy. Another poor man we stalked until he caved and said yes. I guess that’s how we will do things from now on! And for our new friends we made in Milwaukee all I can say is: We’ll be back. With heartburn pills and a hunger for cheese curds.
We hope you enjoyed this up close Q & A with CAPITANO who were part of the Emerging Artist Series at this year’s Summerfest. Some artists featured in past series have gone on to become nationally and internationally known, including Walk the Moon, Nathaniel Rateliff, Maren Morris, BØRNS, X Ambassadors, The Record Company, and many more. We’ve added some links so that you can check out more from CAPITANO. “What started as a mysterious masquerade in 2016, mixing punk attitude and drag theater with sprinkles of rock, indie & pop, has yet evolved into an extraordinary, highly unlikely pop act.” – Capitano’s bio
Twitter - @hicapitano
Facebook - Facebook.com/CapitanoBand
Instagram - hicapitano