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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, Village Underground, Jazz Cafe, Boomtown festival and Bestival.
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 debut EP, ‘Skydive’, which was released in 2012 has also been well received by music fans. The project takes listeners on a story-teller’s journey of love and life’s lessons. It continues to generate fresh interest and has received support from DJs such as, DJ Target, Trevor Nelson, Annie Mac, Charlie Sloth and Toddla T.
In 2014, Joel was selected as BBC Introducing Artist of the Week for one week in June 2014 and was also invited to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Bestival.
In May 2015 Joel had the honour of joining Paloma Faith on her Australian tour as her main support act. Performing to packed-out venues, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, Joel gained new fans as well as praise from the Australian media for his notable performances.
Joel is currently working on a new EP, Tortoise.
“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.
“UK’s answer to Frank Ocean” - George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra
“What a voice he’ll be a superstar!!”- Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music)