Space Capone fuels the stage with the Funk
By: Alex Templar - MSTv
What, or who the hell is Space Capone?
Is it disco? No, not specifically.
Is it funk? Hmm, now you're getting warmer!
Is it a classic seventies sound of dance/R&B, or the above two mixed? Ok, I'd give that a big and resounding "yes!"
The truth be told, Space Capone is virtually a one-man show known as the Nashville-based Aaron Winters. Yet his variable sized backup band can be quite big; sometimes comprised of as many as 10 pieces.
No matter where Space Capone plays, the band’s lineup features horns, those instruments that are a quintessential ingredient in the classic soul and R&B that inspires Winters.
“That’s the one piece that has to be there,” Winters said last week. “I write songs for horn arrangements. You either have those pieces or else you’re stuck with the blues.” But above all things, Winters looks to bring back the strength of Soul to mainstream music.
However, Winters "unique" sound for Soul came about more by necessity than choice. As the lead, and often sole singer in Space Capone, Winters isn't very proud of his vocal ability.
“I write songs attuned to my voice,” he said of his limited vocal abilities. “Where I do well is more the staccato, choppy singing that Michael Jackson did a good job with. But I’ve never claimed to be a singer’s singer, someone you’d hear on American Idol.”
The Nashville living and based Winters, grew up Carthage, Ind. But aftter dropping out of college, Winters found himself drawn to the feel and welcoming musical environment of Nashville.
“Everybody knows each other here,” he said. “There are a lot of young people doing creative stuff. It’s a really cool city to be in right non. And people are always handing things to me, saying, ‘Listing to this. Listen to this.’ That’s songwriting fuel for me.”