Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Little King.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
LITTLE KING: I am influenced by so many artists from different genres…from Metal to Jazz to Classical music. I would say my main influence are probably the Classic Prog Rock and Classic Heavy Rock bands like Rush, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, Yes, and the like. But I am a huge Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, early Metallica, Megadeth, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains fan. I grew up in Seattle, so those last two “heavy” grunge bands had a profound effect.
In addition to the rock stuff, I love Peter Tosh and a lot of other Jamaican music…Snoop Dog’s reggae album under the Moniker Snoop Lion is on my speakers now. Also a fan of Coltrane and Miles, as well as Mozart and Vivaldi.
Finally, in a former life, I was a hip-hop promoter! So I listen to a ton of 90’s rap like Tupac, all the Death Row guys really, as well as more modern stuff like Kendrick and Chance the Rapper. That all goes into my writing…it’s what makes Little King unique, I guess!
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
LITTLE KING: We released an EP of 5 songs called Occam’s Foil just recently, and people seem to be really digging it. Just hit 400 college radio stations this week, so we will see how it goes. I think that there is something for everyone who loves music on this record. Lots of different styles, but somehow it all comes together to sound like Little King.
If you like lyrics and music that dig beneath the surface, that challenge your brain and your ears, and if you like virtuosity that isn’t gratuitous but instead serves the song, I think you will love Occam’s Foil…and the other Little King albums too
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
LITTLE KING: Dynamics! You won’t be bored. It doesn’t all sound like one long song, which is my main complaint when I hear most bands play a 60-90 minute set. We write in different keys, tempos, and use a lot of different time signatures, too. I love what bands like Rush and Tool do, in that they really write complex arrangements that sound like another song to the untrained ear, but when you listen as a musician, you say, “Damn, that is pretty different and cool!” I think we achieve that. An LK show features about as much dynamic range and diversity as a three piece bass/drums/guitar power trio can deliver..
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
LITTLE KING: On the road and then back into the studio, rinse, and repeat. I am obsessed with leaving a legacy of music behind me, and I am equally obsessed with perfecting our live show to deliver that message in person. I have released six albums to date (only five of which you get to hear!) The plan has always been to get to 10, but I am on a roll and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon. I have more to say, more to play, and I think the world needs more music that makes you think. Little King is my vehicle to achieve that end, and I won’t stop until I am satisfied that my vision has had it’s day in the sun.