Soon after settling in Los Angeles in 2014, British-born Australian composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Oumi Kapila was introduced to Filter frontman, Richard Patrick, (Filter, Nine Inch Nails) for the purpose of a songwriting collaboration. Acknowledging Kapila’s potential, the management and label enlisted him to co-write, co-produce, and engineer the remainder of an album in progress. Crazy Eyes was released in early 2016, and due to his talents extending beyond the studio, Oumi was recruited as the guitarist for the accompanying world-wide tour. Speaking of Kapila, Patrick says, “he’s the new Trent [Reznor].”
This nearly immediate success should come as no surprise, as Oumi began accumulating accolades prior to his permanent move to the US. At thirteen, as a promising young musician with a foundation in classical music and guitar, one of his teachers invited him to join his band, providing his earliest taste for performance. By the time he was 15, Kapila had been awarded first place at a classical eisteddfod, playing the music of Astor Piazzola. After a formative experience hearing Steve Vai’s celebrated 1990 release Passion and Warfare, and witnessing the live show, Oumi switched gears from classical to focus on electric guitar. After high school, he attended the illustrious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he majored in jazz performance and was one of six young finalists selected to compete for the prestigious, country wide James Morrison Jazz Scholarship.
At age 21, while visiting LA, Oumi continued to rack up accomplishments—scoring a film and becoming a sideman for Freddie Ravel (Earth Wind and Fire), playing venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Temecula Jazz festival. From there, he went on to contribute to the 2012 Billy Ray Cyrus album Change My Mind, and was personally invited by Cyrus to join the band as lead guitarist. Back on his home turf in 2013, Oumi won 'Best Instrumental' at the Australian Independent Music Awards, with the flamboyant guitar piece The Adventures of Johnny Stenchfoot. The piece featured Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, Dethklok) on bass, and paid homage to some of his rock guitar influences including Richie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker and Steve Vai.
Ever the chameleon, Kapila worked with Combichrist creator Andy LaPlegua and German music label Out of Line to produce that band’s eighth studio offering in 2016, contributing on bass, synths, and guitar, as well as mixing, This Is Where Death Begins, and embarked on a joint European tour with Filter and Combichrist shortly thereafter. Continuing his impressive level of productivity, Oumi was commissioned to produce, mix and write for the Red Bull Glimpses initiative, an ambitious recording which took place at Woodshed Studios, Malibu, and was comprised of full orchestra, choir, and live band, together with an assembly of aerospace engineers from NASA and Lockheed Martin.
In 2018, he was one of eight composers invited to attend the 21st Annual BMI conductor’s workshop under the direction of Grammy winning, master conductor Lucas Richman, concluding with a performance of film and classical works with full orchestra. His recent compositions for media include music for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Life, The X-Files, Gotham, 15:17 to Paris, Outlaw King, The Mule, World of Warcraft, Playstation, Xbox, Rio Olympics, and The People vs OJ Simpson. Matt Danner (Disney, Warner Bros) describes him as an “extremely bright and talented composer,” while Richard Fortus (Guns and Roses) calls Kapila “a tremendous player-very unique tone and voice.”
An obvious multi-tasker, Oumi has focused his energy on creating a body of work to define the realms of sonic mayhem he has felt lurking within. The resulting culmination of his rock, industrial, classical, electronic, and jazz backgrounds, is the genre crossing, provocative debut album, Bending Stress, released in January 2019. Not one to come up for air, Kapila is set to release Fix, an album of original classical works in the first quarter of 2019. He is currently working on recording an EP with the Budapest Scoring Orchestra from his studio located in Studio City, Los Angeles.