By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor
On Feb. 2, 2016 freshman Mike Cappelluti released his debut album, titled “Hurricane” on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and other platforms.
Cappelluti is dual majoring in marketing and management at Stillman, and he is from central New Jersey. He writes and performs original music.
By mixing different elements of folk and pop, he is able to create a unique genre similar to that of artists such as the Lumineers and Passenger.
His first debut singles “Hurricane” and “In the End” were met with welcoming appraise in January 2016.
His story about his passion for music begins when he was just five years old.
He was banging on an old piano in his longtime family friends’ basement.
After a few consecutive minutes of senseless, irritating banging, his good friend David Furcayg said, “Mike, you cannot play with this [piano] unless you know how to play it.”
As an intrigued five year old child, Cappelluti said to himself, “Well, I want to learn how to play this instrument then.”
The Furcayg family was kind enough to ship the old piano to Cappelluti’s household and one month later, he began taking lessons.
This generous act sparked the musical passion in him.
At eleven years old, he picked up a guitar and began singing.
By age twelve, he had already joined his first band, “Detour,” which covered Green Day songs.
In 2013, he performed at the Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Over the past few years, he developed a passion for many different types of music and instruments.
In and out of different bands and projects, he has finally found his “niche” as a folk/indie singing songwriting college student from central Jersey.
He writes his lyrics by thinking about conversations with other people, his own experiences, and other people’s experiences.
His typical process in producing a song from scratch is: starting with music, determining melodies, creating rough lyrics, taking a day off, and editing the lyrics.
However, he says that lyric writing “never ends”.
When asked about his music, Cappelluti stated, “It is my genuine hope that my music has the ability to touch or inspire different people.
If even one person hears my music and experiences a positive impact, it makes everything I do worthwhile.”
He added, “It is not about money and it is not about fame. It is about music, positive messages, and making an impact on this beautiful world we live in.”
Cappelluti is an excellent reminder for students to always pursue their passions, especially those that lie outside of business.
He says, “It is incredibly important to pursue passions outside of business because I believe there is nothing more important than self-expression.
Music allows a person to spread a desired message among people of all religions, races, and backgrounds.”
To this day, Cappelluti continues to live by Bono’s famous quote, “Music can change the world because it can change people”.
For more information about Mike Cappelluti’s music, please visit his Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/MikeCappellutiMusic.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 9th print edition.
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