Interview With King Fabbs

What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?

For what I’m doing right now it all started near the beginning of 2020. I’ve always wanted to be in a band every since I was a kid and finding band members is really challenging sometimes so I decided that going on a solo route would be a lot easier for me. When March of 2020 came around I found myself with a lot of extra free time because of the pandemic. Spending so much time at home allowed me to really focus on pursuing a career in music. I was able to spend a lot of time practicing and writing  and I eventually started to write my first EP. Things started falling into place as the months went on and I released my own music for the first time in July 2021. It feels really good to achieve that goal after wanting to do this for a long time and I’m super excited to see where it’s going to take me!

Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

There’s a lot of money you got put into this and when you’re in a band you can put your money together between all the band members so you can get more instruments and all the equipment that you need to function. I have to pay for everything myself and that’s definitely challenging sometimes. Paying for studio time also adds a lot to that. I work super hard for every dollar I make but saving money for this can be tough sometimes.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

The most satisfying moment for me so far was when I was finished recording the EP. The whole recording process was so much fun especially because I got to do it with my good friend Brennan Kennedy! Brennan produced my EP and he also played drums on all the tracks. He’s a great guy, he’s super knowledgeable, and it’s incredibly easy to work with him so recording the EP was such a fun time. When we got to the end I felt so good because we had really brought my music to life. I felt like I had already accomplished something big as an artist who’s just getting started. Also, playing my first show was super satisfying, I had so much fun playing the music in front of people and it had such a great response from the crowd!

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Pop punk is what I love and that’s exactly what I love to create. I get lots of inspiration from many genres of music but I’ve always loved making Pop punk music. I try to take the old school pop punk feeling and try to mix it with the modern day pop punk vibe.

What is your creative process like?

When I’m writing I really try and make sure that everything I’m writing comes out naturally. I never force anything that I’m trying to write or trying to say. When I’m writing lyrics I just try to make sure that I’m in a clear headspace so that my thoughts can flow comfortably and creatively. I try to have that same mindset when I’m writing instrumental parts too. I usually write the instrumental parts first and then I add the words second. This is the way I normally write just because it feels most natural to me. I do try to break out of my shell a little bit though and I might write some words first or instead of writing a guitar riff I’ll create a part on a different instrument just to bring some sort of different inspiration to the table. I think it’s important to get out of your comfort zone sometimes because I feel it can help you expand on your craft.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I would definitely change the artist royalty rate. I think a lot money goes towards like managers and record labels, but I feel like the artists never get enough money. I feel like it’s a common issue everywhere in the industry. Managers and labels wouldn’t have anything without the artists so why aren’t artists getting paid more?

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Stick to your craft and create what YOU want to create. Don’t let others tell you what you should do or what you should sound like. Keep yourself inspired so you can generate original ideas that always speak to your character!

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

I’ve only played two shows so far haha and I would say that both performances felt really great! I can’t wait to do more live shows!

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

Such an interesting question because it’s hard for me to imagine what I would be doing without music haha. I currently have a day job where I work in a warehouse, I drive a forklift and lift heavy boxes full of concrete studs all day long, so maybe I would still be here doing this. I also played hockey when I was a kid and I thought a lot about pursuing that in a big way, but it was a bit too much to afford so for that reason I had to stop. I had a pretty big passion for art as well. I used to draw a lot of random stuff all the time and feel like I would have done something with that if I didn’t find music.

What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

I have a single I’m going to be releasing in a few months! I’m always writing and creating music so I hope to be releasing music on a regular basis. I’m also in the planning process of doing my first music video!