If you are a fan of Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” covers, you’re in luck. MEB got the chance to ask some questions to rock/pop/indie rockers King The Kid, not only creators of amazing YouTube covers of some of your favorite tracks, such as “Wrecking Ball”, but one of the most exciting new bands to come into the music scene. With a lyric video, a tour with the Hollywood Ending, and several thousand YouTube channel subscriptions, these boys are on their way to being the next best thing in the music scene.
MEB: You just got off your tour with the Hollywood Ending, how was it? Any particularly great memories?
KTK: It was awesome. This tour was really cool because all of the bands were great to hang out with and it wasn’t just about playing shows, but having a good time with each other. On our last show of the tour, during our last song, which was “Name in Lights”, we mashed it up with “Don’t Stop Believing” and the Hollywood Ending guys came on stage with us, sang, played guitar, tambourine and just had fun. It was a great ending to the show.
MEB: You just released a lyric video for “Last Train”. What was the idea behind the lyric video and how was the experience creating it?
KTK: Well, it’s a combination of a lyric video with studio footage from the recording of the song. We figured it’d be cool to give them some behind-the-scenes looks along with the words.
MEB: With the introduction of “Last Train”, what can fans expect in the upcoming album? Any particular tracks you want to tease about?
KTK: We haven’t decided if we’re going to release the music as an album, or a couple of EPs, or maybe even singles. What we can say is that our songs range in style from a “poppier” track like “Last Train” to heavier rock songs. We’re very happy with the way they’re coming out. Lyrically, these songs are very heartfelt and deal with situations us three have been through.
MEB: I see so much youth and positivity in you guys through your music and even your band name. How do you guys stay motivated and positive with the busyness life has been?
KTK: We know that music is the career we want. There’s no alternatives or safety nets, this is it. We love what we do and that always makes sure we’re giving it 100% with the music as well as the business side of things. Even though we’ve only been around for a little over a year, the fan response has even incredible, and it’s their support which has opened doors for us and given us the opportunities that put us where we are today.
MEB: What makes you guys decide to pick and cover a particular song? Between Macklemore and Miley Cyrus, it’s really interesting how wide the genres are.
KTK: We don’t pick songs just because they’re popular; we have to like the song to start with. We also want to make sure that we cover it in a way that gives it our own spin on the song. In our YouTube channel you’ll find a variety of covers that range both in style and genre; we have fun with them.
MEB: What have you each learned most about yourselves through this past year of recording, touring, and well… Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” covers?
KTK: We’ll answer collectively. You never stop learning. The more we work on our band the more we keep improving, which includes songwriting, recording, producing, etc. Not to mention, touring alone is a different experience that teaches you how to interact with fans, the performance aspect of our music, as well as time management and accounting.
MEB: What is each of your dream collaborations?
Ricky: Bruno Mars
David: Josh Ramsay (from Marianas Trench)
Jose: I’d like to do a song with Dustin Kensrue, formerly of Thrice. Or John Mayer.
MEB: How does the songwriting process begin for you guys? Does one take the lead or is it mostly a collaborative process?
KTK: Usually one of us will bring an idea, most of the times it’s music. If we like it we’ll build from there together. We’ll build a song through the first chorus fully, meaning multiple instruments and vocal melodies, and then go to the next idea. Once we have a good batch of song skeletons, we pick our favorites and finish the songs.
MEB: How would you best describe each of yourselves in three words or less?
R: Super, super, swag
D: Driven, self-critical, persistent
J: Easy-going, pensive, passionate
MEB: What do you guys think about the pop-punk scene today and how do you guys want to play a role in it?
KTK: Pop-punk was a genre that we all grew up with, and it was an early influence in our writing. However, we strive to reach audiences beyond that scene with our music, which encompasses from pop to indie to rock, and more.
What is coming up for you guys in the future?
We’re currently wrapping up an album’s worth of songs, so definitely new music in the near future. We also plan on touring non-stop, both in the US and internationally.