THE KIRÁLY INTERVIEW
Where are you from? What does Philly's art and music community mean to you?
I grew up in the Olney area of Philadelphia. The art and music scene coming out of this city has a lot of potential from photographers, artists, fashion designers etc...There’s talent out there some of them just haven’t hit the spotlight yet. As far as music, I believe Philly could take over the industry, we just can’t find a way to support one another to take us that far.
How would you describe your music/style? What do you want people to feel when listening to your music?
I have an authentic sound not only sonically but emotionally. My job is to make sure you’ve felt something that’s how I can tell if I’m doing the right thing. I’m working on balancing making music for myself and people that enjoy listening to the music I make. Cause I’ll cook some shit based on how I feel at the moment, but not everyone will feel the same way listening to it like I did creating it you know what I mean? Like I love the new shit that everyone’s using with all of the 808s, hard-hitting kicks and the dark melodies but sometimes it can get too repetitive and I refuse to put myself in that one pocket. I want people to have memories attached to the moments they were listening to my music. Whether it was the night you went out with your friends having the best time of your life, in the streets trying to get the next dollar or maybe even meeting a special someone that share the same interests as you.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
50 Cent, Wayne, Dipset, Biggie, OutKast to name a few. I had every 50 Cent album back when physical copies were the only access to new music and my pops put me on to all the Outkast shit literally my whole childhood. I grew up listening to these guys and they’ve inspired me to be the best I can be with this music shit. I think I’m leaning more towards RnB at the moment. Artists like Sade, Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean, Lloyd, PARTYNEXTDOOR have been inspiring me lately to take some things to the next level musically.
You teased on your Instagram account about dropping a visual for Outta Space soon. Can you share anything about that video?
Outta Space video will drop this Friday, the 31st. Shoutout to Marlissa Monay who shot and directed the video (@marlissamonay) and Shahad East (@shahadeast) for editing. That’s crazy to think this will be my first ever solo video so I hope it does well, I had a lot of fun shooting it.
You dropped your ten-track collaboration album (correct me if it's a tape and I'll reword the question), Heartbreak Kids, with Benji B in April of this year. What does this project mean to you?
Me and Benji been working on this tape for a long time now. Since May 2017 as far as I can remember. Everything mixed and mastered by me. I love everything about this tape especially the time we spent recording it. A lot of real stories and songs people can relate to. The process to putting it out was very frustrating so I think I would’ve appreciated the release more had it dropped the time we planned but it is what it is go get it now it’s everywhere!!
What's next for you? Are you working on new music, or focusing more on visuals? Do you plan on doing more shows?
I’m always working on new music. My first album will be dropping before the year is out so get ready for that. I don’t know what it’s going to sound like in full, but man I can’t wait for y’all to hear this. I’m working on putting out more visuals too maybe some songs from the album but for me it’s all about picking what songs can do really good for a video. I plan on doing more shows soon, this summer I’m going crazy...any opportunity to get my name out there and network.
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