Joel Culpepper

R&B singer-songwriter Joel Culpepper has a lot to live up to, having been tipped as the UK's answer to The Weeknd and Frank Ocean by BBC Radio 1's head of music George Ergatoudis. Find out more...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 9 Jan 2013
  • min read
He needn't worry. His vocal style deftly skips over hip-hop and neo-soul to deliver a moment of calm in amongst the hustle and bustle of synocopated rhythms. And, with echoes of John Legend, he offers a gentler take on the urban South London sound.

He started writing in 2009 and released a couple of well-received mixtapes before dropping his debut EP Skydive last October, which features ItsNate and M.S Harris.

Check out our 30 seconds interview with him:

I first started writing music because…
I admired Stevie wonder, Tupac, Donny Hathaway, Paul Weller and later A Tribe Called Quest. Their songwriting influenced who I became!

I have been making music since…
I was 16 years old.

My music is...
Warm.

You'll like me if you listen to...
Anything with a lazy pocket for a drumbeat!

My favourite venue is…
XOYO in Shoreditch, the sound was amazing!

Music is important because…
Like Superman needs the sun, I need music to sustain me just as a person.

My biggest inspiration is…
My family and friends and the level of support they have given me, they wouldn't even know that.

My dream collaboration would be…
To write a song with Paul Epworth.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Heaven.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
In some kind of law, probably criminal. Either that or as an illustrator

In 10 years time I want to be...
Still proud of the music I make.