D. Blais: Please introduce yourself to our readers?
King K.C: Hi my name is King K.C and I'm a singer/songwriter. I was born in Enugu state, Nigeria, but I was raised in the highbridge section of the south Bronx and in Jamaica, Queens. I’m an Afrobeats artist but I believe my music is a blend of both of my different backgrounds and cultures.
D. Blais: Who is your biggest musical influence and why?
King K.C: Hmm, that’s a tough question because I believe there are so many people that have Influenced me musically throughout my life. But if I have to narrow it down, I’ll have to say Drake, and Maleek Berry. Listening to Drake helped me figure out how to take hip hop and R&B and blend them both together. Hip Hop and R&B were the first genres of music I fell in love with growing up. Once I fell in love with Afrobeats and decided to make Afrobeats music, I wanted a way that I could blend the three genres together, and listening to Maleek Berry helped me to slowly figure that out. Both of these artists sparked the start of my journey in making my music and creating my sound.
D. Blais: How did you learn the music business?
King K.C: Honestly, I learned music business through the internet and Friends. Things like interviews and tutorial on YouTube, Music Business Websites and Blogs, all help. Asking other people that are in the music business also help a lot. Music Business isn’t easy at all but you just have to be willing to do the research and put in the work. I’m still figuring it out but everyday I learn something new.
D. Blais: How did you learn to sing?
King K.C: I learned to sing when I was very little, living in Highbridge, South Bronx. The neighborhood had a community children’s choir that my cousin was apart. One day my cousin’s mother tells my mother about it and then my mother decides to sign me up. There is where I realized that I really had a voice, the instructors also saw a lot of potential.
The highbridge voices choir trained my vocals and help me realize my talent.
D. Blais: Have you released an album yet?
King K.C: No albums, yet. For right now I’m working on just releasing singles until I amass a big core following. I believe that releasing singles and putting as much work and investment behind it, as I would an album, is the way to go for right now. Then later I’ll move up to EP’s and then Albums.
D. Blais: Do you have a music video?
King K.C: Yes, I just released my first one, it’s call “New York SiSi”. The song is about love and the strength of love even through conflict. So in the video I wanted to show the phases of that. The video was shot in a small apartment in New York City. I wanted it small to symbolize the intimacy and the closeness of the relationship. And the walls symbolize us shielding ourselves from the negativity from the outsiders that want to destroy our relationship. And in the lighting, the red tint, symbolizes danger because our relationship is under attack from the outside.
D. Blais: Do you write your own songs?
King K.C: Yes I do, everything that I have ever recorded has 100% been written by me, I even come up with the melodies myself. I’m very proud of myself for that to be honest. I don’t need to wait for writers or anything like that, all I need is my producer and a place to record and I can make a whole album anytime.
D. Blais: Who manages your career?
King K.C: Well, I have friends that help me from time to time, but for the most part, I manage myself. That’s something I have to do until I’m able to have someone do it for me, but even then, I’ll still be greatly involved in my own management.
D. Blais: Do you handle the marketing yourself? How?
King K.C: Yes, social media has become very important in marketing so I use it a lot but just like everything else I’m still figuring it out more and more, day by day.
D. Blais: What achievement are you most proud of?
King K.C: One thing that I’m most proud of is to get a sit down with A&R’s from roc nation and then mmm telling me that they are watching me and are just waiting for me to amass a bigger core following. The reason I’m so proud isn’t because I might have a chance to sign with roc nation in the future.
I’m proud because they must see a lot of potential in me to be keeping an eye on me, so I must be on the right track.
D. Blais: Which social media do you like best? Why?
King K.C: I like Instagram the best now, it used to be Facebook a couple years back but times have changed. I like Instagram because you can really give people a glimpse into your life, a picture really says a thousand words. Also, i use Instagram the most because I believe, unlike twitter, it’s a more intimate way to interact with people.
D. Blais: Do you prefer to work in the studio or perform in concert?
King K.C: I believe I go through phases, right now I’m in creative mode so I want to live in the studio. But when I feel like I’ve said all I have to say for the moment and I’ve turned all my feelings into songs, I want to share it with everybody and perform it for everybody until my feelings draw me back to the studio again. And that cycle just repeats itself over and over.
D. Blais: Do you think you'll have to review your plans post COVID-19?
King K.C: Well, my plans have and are already being affected by the COVID-19 epidemic but, by the miracle of god, things are still working out in my favor even with the changes. Right now I’m just thankful that my family is safe and healthy and I pray the world will get through this and get back to normal really soon.