We were lucky enough to meet with the Sun King to talk about Music, the new ‘Sun King Eternal Peace’ album and more!
Tell us about yourself?
My name is The Sun King; I represent the Conscience in the XXXIX Empire & I love to sing!
What is your songwriting process?
Usually, I come up with melodies & words, randomly, memorize them + add/subtract to them, then create the song from scratch.
What is the best gig you have ever played?
I haven’t played it yet but so far its my Album release in NYC; The Delancey. But the first day I played there, it was my FIRST GIG EVER and it was the day David Bowie passed away. Now today I have all his Albums!
Tell us about your latest release?
Sun King Eternal Peace is my second Album, all self produced. I play the bongos on every track as well as harmonize my voice 9 tracks over on ever song. Here and there I add pieces from musicians to spice up the track but for the most part, this Album is a cappella/ Acoustic Music, but I confirm it as “Experimental Vocal Music”. This LP is 27 songs long, displaying themes of love, happiness, heartbreak, sadness, political viewpoints & suggestions; there are plenty of cover songs on this from Vocalists that inspire me. This is basically a guide through my minds Conscience; a psychedelic tour through one side of my mind before you get the to the second part of the project: Jimmy, the Ego.
What is your funniest gig moment?
My first gig I mentioned: I went over my time and the head was yelling at me! Its on record, it made the Live Album I put together years ago.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
The message that I am aware of myself as I display myself. I am a gentle lover and not an aggressive person. I am a seeker and speaker of truth and justice. I conduct myself with the utmost respect as I do for others. I want to help, therefore the Music I create will speak such context.
Who are your musical influences?
My top Vocalist are, in no order:
Who are your non-musical influences?
The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega of the Bullet Club; I want to sell the amount of Tee Shirts and get over like these guys do. Great question.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
Too many rules and boundaries + too many expectations. I cee artists to who sulk about putting out Music and such; these same artist make up these rules about when you can put the music out and what you have to do to put it out. For me, I abide by my own rules, because it’s my Art and my Legacy. So basically it’s like this: I don’t want any of my Music to touch mainstream streaming services or commerce services. The only way you can get my Album(s) is though my websites or ceeing me live; I will ALWAYS have Albums on me (like a drug dealer has drugs). I want the experience to be special & I want to control how much I can sell it for. Plus I put as much Music out as I cee fit at the times I cee fitting as well. So Peace to all, do what ye may however, I will stick to my efforts and timing, thank you.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Practice & plan. Master & focus.
What are your hopes for next 2 years?
I am striving to grow the XXXIX Empire & make more music. Thank you! Peace. King.
Interviewed by FVReviews June 2018