Best known for their smash hit "This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide", Canadian rockers The Kings are back with another great two-in-one segue, "Circle of Friends/Man That I Am". The Kings, originally known as WhistleKing, have charted on Billboard and appeared on worldwide television. While recording, the world-famous producer Bob (Pink Floyd) Ezrin dropped by to visit, liked what he heard, and agreed to mix their tracks. As history would have it, he approached Elektra Records in Los Angeles with The Kings’ tapes and the unknown band was signed to a world-wide deal. The Kings project (which was re-recorded) was released as "The Kings Are Here". Their first segue ‘This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide’, at over five minutes in length, caught on all over the USA and Canada with airplay in every major market; the segue stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for six months and was named one of the Top 100 U.S. It was selected for ‘Radio Programmers Picks of the Decade’ by Album Network Magazine and The Kings were named the most promising group by Cashbox Magazine; they were also nominated for a Juno Award. An amazing appearance on Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ helped spread the music worldwide.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It was something that we thought we could do, but didn't know if we were good at it until many not so great songs led to better ones. After all you're up against every song ever written so you should be tough on yourself.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Crazy to some can be pretty normal in this business.
What has been the high point of your music path? Having a genuine hit in the USA. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Filter out the bad ideas and replace with good ones, work on those, re-write until it's right. Check out their new release on Youtube:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
We should all embrace the new technology, it isn't going away, streams may not pay much yet but with pressure from big artists and government agencies that should change.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
We've played with lots of bands so whichever one could give the most exposure.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We always rehearse before shows to get it ready, we organize a set list and go over it.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Probably "This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide", we knew it was good but it wasn't right until we took it apart.
What's coming up in the future?
More writing, recording and gigs. Tell us where fans can access your music?