Dan Caplen visits his old school

It was a pleasure and privilege to have welcomed Dan Caplen (former pupil and chorister) back to St Edmund’s to talk to Music and Music Technology pupils about his music and musical life.  One of the things that pupils found most interesting was his dedication to song writing; Dan decided when around 21 years old to write a song every day, and he did so for five years.  Even with my basic mathematical skill, I can work out that he composed nearly 2000 songs in that period!  He freely admitted that the early songs were not great! However, he refined and honed his skill and the songs he has released over the last few years have obviously benefited from his earlier dedication.

The pupils asked some searching questions – including: Do you think that the album format is dead? Is there room for rock?  How do you produce your vocals? What album do we all need to listen to? (I was pleased that he chose an album that we used to call on during Music Tech lessons! (The Miseducation of Lauren Hill)). Who would you like to collaborate with? How do you gain exposure in an over-saturated online musical world?  The Q and A lasted for 40 minutes, and Dan’s responses were insightful and completely relevant for the pupils.

Dan’s new single (Love Me The Same) was released on the same day that he visited us!  Dan told us that it is his favourite song so far as it is written about his biggest supporter, his mother.

We look forward to seeing him again soon!

Ross Underwood, Housemaster and Music Technology Teacher

Dan also visited St Edmund’s in August 2018 and gave this exclusive interview – watch now