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Lewis Capaldi Didn’t Want To Put His Name On “Dud” Dean Lewis Co-Write Hit

9 January 2023 | 8:59 am | Mary Varvaris

"I’ve been writing songs for other people and most of them have been tragic failures..."

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Lewis Capaldi, known for his humour as well as his music, has revealed that he uses two songwriting pseudonyms - Anita Jobby and Sooka Phatwan - for tracks he considers "duds".

Speaking on the couch on The Graham Norton Show a few days ago (6 January), as quoted by Metro, he said, "I’ve been writing songs for other people, and most of them have been tragic failures," and he doesn't want to use his real name "in case they’re absolute fucking duds".

He chose the name Anita Jobby because "in Scotland, if you go for a shite, you go for a jobby." Meanwhile, the second name makes sense to the Someone You Loved singer because "I think when you look at me, you think, 'Sooka Phatwan'".

One of the songs he co-wrote under the pseudonyms included one for Australia's own Dean Lewis in his collaboration with Norwegian DJ Kygo, Never Really Loved Me. As Anita Jobby, Capaldi has found success as the track peaked at #14 in Norway, #16 in Sweden, and #100 in Switzerland last year. "That one actually did well, so… Fuck," he commented.

Then, he cheekily looked directly at the camera and added, "Any budding artists out there who want to Sooka Phatwan, give me a call. We all know how you get ahead in this business."

Lewis Capaldi is returning to Australia in July to embark on his biggest-ever shows down under.

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The Grammy-nominated and Brit award-winning artist also announced his upcoming album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, which will be released via EMI Records on 19 May. He will perform in arenas across the country, with dates in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne. No Brisbane date - perhaps a stop at Splendour In The Grass or something special planned?


Saturday 8 July 2023 – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tuesday 11 July 2023 – RAC Arena, Perth
Thursday 13 July 2023 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Saturday 15 July 2023 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tuesday 18 July 2023 - Spark Arena, Auckland
Wednesday 19 July 2023 - TSB Arena, Wellington 

Tickets here.