When the KingQueen band takes the stage, the crowd knows they’re in for a great time. Today Ina joins us to discuss their new single ‘Roller Coaster’, their inspirations what we can expect from them in the future! Make sure to check out our interview below:
We are happy to have you today. Tell us about your fall season so far! What have you guys been up to?
With the lockdown and everything, I’ve just focused on finishing up mixing songs that were recorded with the band before the lockdown that started in March. And of course, editing and releasing the music video for “Roller Coaster”
Can you share more with our readers about your latest release “Roller Coaster”? What inspired the single?
I write a lot in my car while driving. Melodies and words pop up and this one I started and finished writing on my way back to LA from a gig in Vegas. It was honestly a mix of emotions not towards one person but just to people in general. It’s not like I wrote it as a breakup song to a singular person it was more of my thoughts on how some people just can’t be clear but will hit you up whenever they feel like or when they are drunk haha. I guess we all have been in that situation so it’s a tribute to us all that have felt a bit used and not given the attention we actually deserve. Or the answers we needed in the moment. So yeah it’s about heartbreak but not like a deep and sad kind of heartbreak, more like “ehhhh this sucks and you’re messing with my mind” kind of thing.
How did the band first get started?
Wow. So KQ have had so many different band members throughout the years. But the band itself started in 2011 after I left a record deal with Universal as a pop solo artist. I was craving the pop punk rock I was born to perform. So I became independent and have followed my heart ever since.
How did you all decide on the band name KingQueen?
KingQueen actually was my solo artist name and nick name. After a long night out with my drag queens I was named KingQueen and I kept it and performed under it and I love it and I love what it represents and it’s truly me and the sound of the craft we perform.
How would you describe your sound to someone who just listened to your music for the first time?
Energetic, powerful, in your face and inviting at the same time. It’s a mix of the past and the future.
How has these past few months of quarantine affected you all creatively?
Creatively it’s actually been a blessing. I’m obviously not happy about this pandemic and I miss performing live sooooo much! But it’s given me the time I’ve begged for these past years to just sit down and tune into the mixing and production part. Truly work through the songs. And I love it. Now we have tons of music coming out that I’m truly proud of since I got to work through it with no distractions.
What advice do you have for anyone interested in starting their own band?
Do it. It’s not easy! It’s a relationship, learn when to let go and when to give. Some people will stay some people with go and that’s the heartbreak of music and bands but don’t worry, those who are meant to go all the way will be there. And don’t take it all personally! Keep doing you. Keep going!
How do you get pumped up before a big event?
Ohhhh man. It’s like so exciting I get so nervous and excited at the same time it’s like a ball of energy so honestly, I do nothing all day I’m lame. I am quiet and I just prepare mentally and then as soon as my feet touch the stage it’s like lighting comes through my body and it’s showtime. It’s where I feel like life happens. Life is that stage, the people, the band, the music and the lights. I love it!
Biggest lesson learned in your career so far?
There are so many. But I think the most important one is to let go of all the noise. The times I didn’t quite enjoy the stage as much was when I knew someone from the industry that was important was watching and I regret that! I let it cloud myself and it kind of ruined my moment of fun because I was thinking to impress rather than just do what I always do. So I think that’s a big lesson because it’s important to connect and enjoy and do your thing every time. Industry people are just people and opinions. In the end of the day what matters is how you feel about yourself.
Are you currently working on any special projects?
Yesssss!! Releasing a single every 2 months, both with the band KingQueen and solo as Ina Of KingQueen. I do solo stuff for different genres or song I don’t think fit to perform with the band and then collaborate with other artists too. The next one is “Bad Kids” with She and Bandits and Blake English. Super excited for you all to hear!
Thank you for speaking with us! For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?
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Get the Stellar Dose of EDM Music With Mingkoo’s Latest Track “Forced One”
Rarely before, no artist has created a sound that immediately transmits it to another dimension with its extraterrestrial melodies that serve as the ideal cure to a chaotic world. Mingkoo is a South Korean-based up-and-coming artist of EDM, who entered the music industry in 2020 to surprise everyone with his outstanding music-making abilities. The artist ensures that his audience can voluntarily submit to his works so that he can direct them to an unknown land, full of mystical melodies and lots of hooks. It is always worth hearing the music of those artists who derive their inspiration from various styles and unusual themes to add a special touch to the genre.
After making its debut project “Siren” in 2020, the producer is out with its new EDM single titled “Forced One” It’s influenced by the compellingly engaging sounds that demonstrate the passion he has for his craft. The kind of variety and creativity the composer has done with the melodies speaks a lot of his musical abundance.
Driven by the underlying fascinating melody line, the track “Forced One” evokes all sorts of emotional and nostalgic emotions in the listener, but the artist doesn’t allow them to sink in, but rather quickly raises their mood with progressive, strong rhythms. Overall, it’s a concoction of some of the most fascinating harmonies, woven under one cover with the utmost perfection.
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8 Questions With Dj Acoff
What has your musical journey been like? Run us through your story.
I was born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama which is a small country town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. In Bessemer the church plays a prominent role in pretty much everyone’s life. Therefore my musical journey began at a very young age because I was in the Choir along with that my granddad who is also involved in music heavily taught me how to play the guitar. However it wasn’t until I was in college I began taking it serious, I was attending Alabama State University It was during this time that my family was facing hard times which caused me to move closer to home and further my education at Stillman University. While at Stillman University, I received a refund check of $4,000 from Alabama State University on accident and knew I would have to pay it back but I viewed it as an opportunity to change my situation. I gave half the money to my mother and used the other half to invest in DJ equipment because I was already thinking about Djing and I knew it would be an easy way to make some money. I began Djing at clubs and throwing my own parties and was becoming so successful, I decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia around 2015 because it is the music capital in the United States. While in Atlanta I was attending Clark Atlanta University but eventually decided to drop out because I was becoming so busy with music and did not have time to focus on my studies. I began dropping mixtapes and my first two series were called Brick Homies & The Come Up. I went on to host TTO Kt’s debut mixtape “All I Know” and TC Gambino’s mixtape “Heart”. Around 2017 I took a step back from Djing and focused more on managing and developing artist through my label “Riche Posse”. However in 2020 I decided to relaunch my career as a DJ and began working with Kshiday of 1017 & Atlantic Records and atlantic records A&R Mario Cummings. In 2020 I also released my debut album “Hometown Heroes” which features Famous Kid Brick, Rayy Dubb, Landlord Lo, TLE Cinco, TSL Fetti, Big Petty, GMF Fatboy, ABC Young’N, Babie Ash, Lil Yos and Zayhendo. I am currently working on an upcoming mixtape series as well and will be releasing my second album soon.
Tell us about your business
My business is called Riche Posse which is an independent record label. We work with and manage artist such as Landlord LO, TSL Fetti, KShiday, RawDawg, ChinoNetProfit, TC Gambino and others and with the Producers Twin Beatz.
You made some significant progress in 2020. How did the Global pandemic affect your career?
The pandemic slowed down certain things because we were unable to go on tour or do shows but it allowed me to take a step back and focus on my music which lead to me releasing my first album “Hometown Heroes” I also was able to network with more people inside of the industry because everyone had to find new and creative ways to move.
How do you decide who goes on what song with who?
Usually I decide who goes on what song with who as soon as I hear a beat, but also will decide in studio sessions based on the vibe. I really enjoy booking studio sessions and inviting multiple different artists to create music because it is a more hands on approach. This also usually leads to the best music in my opinion.
But how do you figure out who would be good collaborating with who?
I have a great ear for music so I usually just know who sounds good with who but other times I will see by just trying the artist out together and seeing if they can catch a vibe in the studio together.
You have relationships with a lot of stars and some of the most powerful people in music. Do you have any keys to maintaining and nurturing big relationships?
The keys to nurturing big relationships is to just be yourself. There is no sense in acting like someone you are not, if you are true to yourself people will usually gravitate towards you. Knowing when to talk and when to listen is also important especially when you are around other stars. The key to maintaining these relationships is simple remain loyal and be honest.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
A few things most people do not know about me is I have 21 siblings, I play the guitar and am a fan of Game of Thrones
You do a million different things. Is there a skill you don’t have that you wish you had?
A skill I wish I had is I wish I understood how to audio engineer and make beats using softwares, however I think I will eventually take the time to learn these skills and believe I will be very good at them
For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?
I guess the only thing left I have to add is to tell folks, if you have a dream chase it. It won’t always be easy and there will be many trials and tribulations, however if you keep pushing and never give up you can achieve anything you put your mind to. The road to success is a long and hard road but the final destination is a beautiful one. Also check out my album “HomeTown Heroes” it is out on all streaming platforms along with my newest music video “Might Be” featuring Famous Kid Brick on Youtube.
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Nolan Is Redefining Progressive and Outspoken Hiphop with His Track “The Hustles Of April 2016”
Upcoming striving artist Nolan has put his feelings, emotions, personality, and vocal ability together through his new hip hop track “The Hustles Of April 2016” dedicated to the people of South Sudan.
The musical arrangement in the tracks is deliberately kept straightforward and groovy in order to highlight the strong bars. The artist is meandering through the tracks with his distinctive vocal sound and diverse rap delivery. There’s some clever use of vocal prompts that adds a layer of melody to the hard-hitting verses. The artist provides a musical story that makes sense and maintains interest.
This track brings together the virtues of thematic remembrance and gives the listener something to appreciate and gain perspective.
The artist comes from West Michigan and has imbibed the strains of East Africa in his artistic assimilations. He works with The Crayfish Tribe Records to make his audience happy and find inspiration in his songs. A dreamer of nature and purpose, the song “The Hustles Of April 2016” demonstrates a musical development that is based on the artist’s wisdom and understanding. His music encourages and motivates everyone to dream big and to believe in their own abilities and potential. The artist is direct in his spontaneous gestures and incorporates a complex and culturally digressive sound landscape. It is every South Sudan’s story just told differently and hence the audience can relate to its thematic deductions. Lyrical enrichment has a direct effect on the record and is an enabling factor in the structuring of the song.
Artist Nolan recognizes the idea of lyrical hip hop and how to prepare for reform in the sense of personal challenges. As a result, his music encourages the community in a way and allows them to realize their dreams. Some of his other songs that push his artistic visions include “Showin,” “Wild,” “Path I walk.” All of these songs and those that are yet to come will collectively broaden his creative canvas to a wide global achievement. Be part of this hip-hop legacy by following him on:
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