Kapitol is a 4-piece rock/pop Chilean band, formed by late 2011 in Santiago, Chile. It was conceived as an International band, whose main objective is to win over international music audiences. It has been categorized as one of “the best emerging talents in the country” as well as an “International promise”. Their music, sounding both mainstream and alternative, has been compared to major international acts.
The band’s original name was Coffeehouse, reaching a high level of popularity in their home country of Chile, consolidating their career with very significant milestones. Some of these include significant airplay on the most important radio stations nationwide, being part of the soundtrack of one of the most successful 2014’s soap operas, being the local support act for Beck and Blur in Santiago and playing at the worldwide recognized music festival Lollapalooza as well as at SXSW 2015.
After playing SXSW, the band decided to change its name to Kapitol. While the band received outstanding feedback for their music, the common issue brought up by SXSW attendees was that the name Coffeehouse suggests a singer/songwriter type of music, not the epic soaring yet driving style of music the band were delivering. Although such a name change meant basically having to start from scratch, the band’s actual history and numbers are impressively backed by more than 200,000 views on Youtube, over 200,000 streams on Spotify, over 20,000 Twitter followers and more than 14,000 fans on Facebook.
The band is currently promoting their second studio album “Atlas” which was produced by Pablo Stipicic, whose resume includes names such as Aleks Syntek, Maite Perroni, Denisse Rosenthal among others, including collaborations with Coco Stambuk.
Kapitol is: Francisco Martinez (lead vocals), Sebastián Fontecilla (guitars & keyboards), Óscar Lama (guitars and vocals) & Cristóbal Vives (drums and percussion). It all started when Francisco met Sebastián through a friend. They started an acoustic project with no major ambitions but it started shaping up pretty quickly, forcing them to search for more musicians to start an official band. Óscar joined the band in July 2011, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Cristóbal in October that same year, that the band was officially formed.
The band is set to continue along their path of growth. Fans can expect lots more great new music and exciting live shows.