South East London based Joel Culpepper is among a fresh crop of emerging acts breaking the mold. With a distinctive style inspired by British fashion and modern culture, Joel has been described as ‘the UK’s answer to Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean’.
Since 2009 and the release of Joel’s first music project, ‘The Adventures of Pensmith’ (Mixtape), the singer has continued to impress with his distinctive sound and stage presence. His band, ‘The Transformers’, provide the musical backdrop for his shows, which push boundaries and offer audiences an intense and energetic set of music. Living up to their name, each musician plays at least two instruments; ‘transforming’ during Joel’s dynamic live sets. Joel has performed at; YOYO’S Notting Hill Arts Club, Jools Holland’s Boisdale, Cargo, XOYO, Hard Rock Cafe and Boomtown festival.
In 2011, Joel released his second Mixtape, ‘Joel Culpepper Meets J. Dilla’, a tribute project to the late, great producer. This generated considerable interest amongst bloggers and music fans, successfully showcasing Joel’s strong song-writing skills and quirky vocal style.
Joel’s latest release is his debut EP, ‘Skydive’, which has been well received by music fans. The project takes listeners on a story-teller’s journey of love and life’s lessons. “I think for me, what I hope stands out is that the audience know I mean it. I believe in what I am singing about and love what I’m doing and am enjoying myself. Hopefully people can enjoy it with me. It is my reality show.” – (Joel Culpepper).
Joel’s determined to champion individuality through music that’s honest, real and unforgettable. There’s without question, a growing sense of anticipation around the chap with the unusual name -Culpepper.
“What a voice he’ll be a superstar!!”- Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music)