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A Dirty Dozen with ADAM STEVENSON from CAPITAL THEATRE – July 2022

According to a recent press release: “New Zealand based alternative rock trio CAPITAL THEATRE has released their electrifying, debut album, A HERO’S JOURNEY, a 10 track LP showcasing why the band has exploded across the world! Recorded with Grammy Award-winning Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Steve Vai), the phenomenal freshman release has unleashed several already runaway viral videos, including “Fait Accompli”! Produced, directed and edited by Brian Cox, and co-directed by Jena N. Serbu, “Fait Accompli” has stunned fans, with over 3 million views since its June 24th unveiling.” We get frontman Adam to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our debut album A Hero’s Journey is a concept album based on the hero’s journey archetype coined by Joseph Campbell, so for lovers of the album format and especially concept albums, this collection of 10 rock songs will deliver many treats along the way. It should be listened to in the album order to get the full hero’s journey experience!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was fascinated by two songs as a four year old, one was “The Final Countdown” by Europe and the other was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. I used to play each song over and over on a tape player. By the time I was 12 I was earning money from playing songs at a local cafe so from there I knew there was a future in playing music and being remunerated for my efforts.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Queens Live Aid performance has to go down as one of the greatest ever, I have always been in awe of that band and Freddie Mercury for creating something so theatrical, inclusive and simply huge with their music and live performances.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

John Lennon, I reckon we’d have a good laugh.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Ride my horse on the beach.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Our music is melodic rock with interesting lyrics and well thought out instrumentation. It has a theatrical element to it, hence the name Capital Theatre. We’ve had a lot of great feedback from fans and reviewers, we get compared to 90’s rock a lot, which is all good with us, I mean we worked with legendary rock producer Mike Clink for a reason, but we also feel our music has some interesting elements that bring our slant on rock music to the fore.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Paul orders Uber Eats, I crack open a craft beer, and Roy busts out some Tina Turner on acoustic.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

At band practice today with my two band mates, they’re so fucking hot and cool and musical.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Best part: playing live gigs. Dream job outside of music: wouldn’t mind being a petroleum transfer technician or failing that trying my hand as a ceramic receptacle hygienist.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

How are your parents? They’re good Dave’s finally aboard Kajuma and mum should be joining him any day now. I don’t mind answering any question in the world.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

There are very good reasons for being where you are right now. I take all experiences as necessary layers of progression.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

It’s funny having watched Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary with over eight hours of footage from the Let It Be record, that’s the kind of session you’d dream to be in, when you see the reality it’s just four dudes arguing a bit, working hard, writing absolute bangers.





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