We were fortunate enough to catch up with the superb San Antonio, TX artist Lump King for an interview. He has released his stunning single ‘Slippery’, in June 2020. Check out our interview below!
Tell us about yourself?
I’m a goblin who works as a low-level clerk for the city of San Antonio, Texas. I’ve been making music for well over a decade, but I’m just now releasing my debut EP.
What is your songwriting process?
Lately, I’ve been starting with harmonic progression before finding my melody. Once my melody is pretty much set, I spend a lot of time on concepts and lyrics before working out instrumentation. I used to get really hung up on what sounds to use at the beginning of a project, so this new way has really helped me finish work a lot faster.
Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is my debut EP, Color Blind, which is out July 3rd this year. Really it’s about the humans I’ve observed going through a really tough time with depression. I feel like it makes people miss out on a lot of beautiful details in life. As a goblin, I’m colour blind, so I used that to relate to this kind of emotional blindness.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I don’t really know how it makes my fans feel as of yet, but as long as they can relate to the themes or just feel the music, then I think I’ve succeeded.
Who are your musical influences?
The influences that really affect my decision making are people like Frank Ocean, James Blake, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jpegmafia, etc. But I don’t think you can really be aware of all the artists that kind of seep into your music without you knowing.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Lately, I’ve been getting into a lot of photo collage artists. They operate in a way that’s similar to how music producers operate these days. In this generation, we’ve been making a lot of art out of existing art, and I think that brings it to an entirely new level of sophistication.
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
With this being the first project I’ve been really focused on recording, and I haven’t played any shows yet, and now I have the added bonus of people not being able to gather in a crowd.
What is your funniest gig moment?
Well, my first show is probably going to have to be a live stream event, so I think it’ll be pretty funny to see people trolling me in the comments. I hope to see some quality meme posts in there.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
Probably the Coronavirus right now. It’s going to be really hard to enjoy music in a group for a while.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
I’d say keep making music every day. If it makes you happy, that’s ultimately all that matters.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
I’m going to be featured on a project with some close friends of mine pretty soon, I’d really like to squeeze out another EP this year, and I want to make a full-length album in 2021. Hopefully, I’ll have some decent tours under my belt by two years from now as well.
FV Music Blog June 2020
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