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Richard Kapp & The Gowns

Richard Kapp, born 1976, is a Singer/Songwriter living in the city of Vienna, Austria. He composes, sings and plays his own quirky but touching music. Some say he sounds a bit like The Divine Comedy, others say he sounds like Rufus Wainwright or Ben Folds. Some even drew comparison between him and Iggy Pop!? After all, Richard thinks he sounds like Kapp. He started to learn piano at the age of six but always refused to learn anything about music theory or scales. Later he taught himself to play the drums and also a bit of guitar.

Meanwhile he has a small but cool chamber-pop-ensemble including 2 violas, piano, bass, drums and sometimes a trumpet but truth is that he wishes to play his songs with a huuuuge orchestra, so he tries his best to make his band sound like it.

A songwriter gathering momentum he has worked with highly respected indie-musicians like Peter Kearns, Tony Cimorosi, Woodstock Taylor, Gis Johannsson, Bárbara Gilles or Back Bone Shiver. His debut album "A Tie For Free" has been released 2006, followed up by "*" (or Asterisk) in 2008.

By the end of 2009, Richard Kapp has released his third album called "Lunchbox" with his band "The Gowns" which has received enthusiastically by his fans.

Richard can be heard regulary on podcasts like NBT but he also has been aired on several radio stations including BBC 6music and the scottish station Radio Six International where he also got nominated for the Record Of The Year 2006.

Richard Kapp & The Gowns have been playing lots of gigs in Vienna (Chelsea, B72, Tunnel, Cafe Carina, etc. ), were sharing the stage with David Kitt (IRL), BirdEatsBaby and Joe Black (UK), Bernhard Eder (A), Daniel Seestrand (SE) and many other fantastic songwriters. A tour to Germany and UK is planned.

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