Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, famous as Alex Kapranos, is a famous name in British music. Kapranos was born on 20 March 1972. He has made his identity as the leader singer and guitarist for the rock band Franz Ferdinand. Kapranos has helped to take Scottish music up to next level. Origin of South Shields, Tyne, and Wear, England, Kapranos moved his finger in Indie rock, post-punk revival and art rock genres. Kapranos has also kept his hand in writings and has written numerous songs. He has also the experience of working as a record producer and worked under various music studios. Kapranos is considered as a multi instrumentalist who can play guitar, bass guitar and keyboards and also has got perfectly pitched vocal.


Moving to his early life, Kapranos was born to an English mother and Greek father in Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, England. At the age of seven, he settled in Scotland and attended primary school in Edinburg. He completed his high school study in Bearden  and joined the University of Aberdeen to study Theology but due to lack of interest in the subject, he dropped out. After dropping out he attended the University of Strathclyde and gained BA. In 2005, he received an award of Strathclyde's Alumnus of the year. He also has experience of working as a chef barman, music promoter, driver, welder and lecturer before forming band Franz Ferdinand. Before forming his own band, he played for some popular bands including The Blisters, The Yummy Fur, and The Amphetameanies. He has also contributed to Urusei Yatsura and Lung leg recordings, to the noise act.

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    “If success had come along when I was 17 it would either have killed me or sent me completely mad.”

Kapranos formed band Franz Ferdinand after he dropped out from the University. He started a band with Nick McCarthy(guitar, keyboard, and backup vocals), Paul Thomson (Drums) and Bob hardy(bass guitar). Band’s single Take Me Out saw chart success being in number three in UK charts. Their debut album Franz Ferdinand also reached the UK album chart at Number three.

In 2005, Kapranos started to work as a columnist in The Guardian newspaper for a weekly food column for G2, where he wrote about his culinary adventures during world tour of Franz Ferdinand. He worked as a producer for  Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, album of British indie rock group The Cribs in Vancouver BC. He also worked as a producer in their single “Don’t You Wanna Be Relevant? Kapranos also loves to spend his time in carpentry workshop and crafting abstract furniture. He has also worked as a narrator for the documentary Edwyn Collins: Home Again on the recovery of Orange Juice singer Edwyn Collins. Once Kapranos was misidentified as a spy by Russian police and later he was freed after he pointed out that the person police were concerned about was older than he.

Kapinos remains silent about his personal life. He has not revealed any information about his relationships and affairs. He might not have got time to involve in affairs due to his busy schedule. Hardworking and versatile musician Karmanos has earned net worth of $6 million. He has a height of 1.8m and has maintained his body physique well.