ALEXANDER PAUL KAPRANOS HUNTLEY (born 20 March 1972) is a Scottish musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and author. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Performing * 2.2 Producing
* 3 Other work
* 3.1 Writing * 3.2 Narration * 3.3 Film
* 4 Personal life * 5 References * 6 External links
Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley was born on 20 March 1972 in
Almondsbury, Gloucestershire , the son of an English mother and Greek
father. He moved to Scotland at the age of seven, attending Blackhall
primary school in
Kapranos worked as a chef, barman, music promoter, driver, welder, and IT lecturer prior to finding fame. From the early 1990s, he was a fixture of the Glasgow music scene, running live nights at the 13th Note, most notably The Kazoo Club . While working at the city's Anniesland College , he played in some of Glasgow's popular bands, including The Blisters (later known as The Karelia ), The Amphetameanies, and The Yummy Fur . He is also known to have contributed to the noise act Urusei Yatsura and Lung Leg recordings.
Kapranos performing with Franz Ferdinand in October 2005
After dropping "Huntley" from his name, Kapranos formed Franz Ferdinand in 2001. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy (guitar, keyboard, backup vocals), Paul Thomson (drums, backup vocals, sometimes guitar) and Bob Hardy (bass). The band saw chart success after their second single Take Me Out " was released on 12 January 2004 and reached Number 3 in the UK Charts followed by their debut album Franz Ferdinand (released 9 February 2004) which debuted on the UK album chart at Number 3.
The band went on to win the 2004
Mercury Music Prize
In 2015, the band collaborated with American band Sparks to form a supergroup named FFS .
Kapranos produced Men\'s Needs, Women\'s Needs, Whatever – the
third album by British indie rock group
The Cribs in
Kapranos makes a cameo appearance in the video for Our Bovine Public .
His remix of the single "New in Town ", by British pop singer Little Boots was featured on various formats of the singles release.
He produced the second album of Scottish guitarist
* ^ A B "Franz Ferdinand frontman
* ^ "
The Cribs – Our Bovine Public". YouTube. Retrieved
* ^ "
Citizens! debut album "Here we are" announcement". Kitsuné
Journal. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
* ^ Kapranos, Alex (23 September 2005). "Whine tasting". The
Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
* ^ "Radio 4 Programmes – FM Schedule, Saturday 5 November 2011".
BBC. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
* ^ Marianne Dowling (23 November 2009). "CANOE – JAM! Music –
Artists – Franz Ferdinand : Franz Ferdinand keeps it interesting".
Jam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
* ^ Archived 2 January 2009 at the