Music That Made Me: King Charles

On Music Box Unwinds we are starting a Music That Made Me feature, where I will ask bands and artists I love and have inspired me to talk about who inspired them. With all the craziness going on in the world, I thought it would be a nice idea to try and inspire each other as well as bridge the gap between fans and bands.

First up is the incredibly talented King Charles!

Your top 5 favourite bands/artists - what is it about them that stands out to you.

I’ve always felt a draw to songwriting that feels significant to me. Everything about a recording and a sound that frames the song is a kind of manifesto.  Siobahn Wilson - there are no saints.  VW- FOTB. Rolling Stones- exile in main st, Johnny Flynn A Larum Jake Bugg 

These artist have created something that I  have fed off at times and given me something like a metaphysical nourishment.  There feels like a connection to the artists who’s music carries their character that paints a picture you gain a kind of relationship with.

Top 5 Favourite Albums and why

These are some of my favourites to listen to right now,  there’s something in all of them that teaches me and connects me better to myself.

Siobhan Wilson - There Are No Saints

Johnny Flynn - A Larum

Vampire Weekend - FOTB

Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg 

Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street

Your favourite songs of your own

I like getting to the point of performing and singing new songs.  When recording it always feels like such a thrill to imagine turning a song into part of a live experience.  The songs from Out Of My Mind are new and very special to me.

Favourite gig experience - both of your own and one you have attended

The Prodigy at EXIT festival was insane 

I love playing festivals , they can often blur into one but there are lots of favourites in there.

A lyric or song that has always stuck with you or wish you had wrote

“I don’t wana live like this, but I do t wana die.” Harmony Hall 

Advice for upcoming bands or people who just need a little push just now.

It’s cool to be able to press reset in life and I think this is one of those times.

Your new album "Out Of My Mind" is being released on April 17th, what can listeners expect from the new release?

It’s a change in direction for me and I want that to be felt.  There are different influences and experiences that have gone into it that have found a new expression.   Not all the tracks sound the same so I want it to be an unpredictable first listening experience.

You have just released your new single Deeper Love / Freak and it's official video, what can you tell us about both of them? 

I think the video tells a great story of the two songs.  I’m very happy that they’ve ended up in one video being part of the album story.  I love how this has been brought to life in a new way. 

Anything you'd like to say to those reading to wrap up?

Good luck and I hope to see you on road!

You can catch King Charles out on tour:

12th Oct - Bristol, Thekla 13th Oct - Birmingham, Castle & Falcon 14th Oct - Cambridge, Portland Arms 15th Oct - Nottingham, Glee Club 16th Oct - London, Omeara 17th Oct - Manchester, Band On The Wall 19th Oct - Glasgow, Classic Grand

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