This young, fresh and talented singer-songwriter, London King, took over the stage at a very young age. Her first live performance happened when she was only four, in front of a crowd of 500 people. Her passion for songwriting started at age 11, when she wrote her very first song ‘Sinking in the Darkness’, featured also on her first EP. She has been performing live across LA and UK since she was only fourteen years old. Initially started out as the frontwoman of a rock band called Rancid, London became a solo artist at age 18. Her first EP as a solo act came out soon after in 2014 , called ‘Golden Edition’, which has been produced by award winning musician and producer James Colah, and Cornell Sorian. In early 2017 she began producing her second EP, with ‘Producer of the Year’ Aubrey Whitfield, called Antichrist Child, released in December 2017.
Her new EP is described by King herself as ‘unapologetic, sincere, and genuine’. Its dark yet fun nature hooks you to this EP straight away, and the catchy flow makes every song of the EP memorable.
London (King) currently is working on new music and a novel she wrote, her second so far. Her new song, according to King, is going to be ‘even darker, cutting edge and brutally honest.’
We can’t wait to listen to it! Meanwhile, you can find ‘Antichrist Child’, her EP, on iTunes and on Spotify. Don’t forget to follow the artist on Instagram @londonkingmusic and on Facebook.
Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
Artist: Since i was a kid, i have travelled a lot, and i believe that influenced my music a lot. I remember when i was twelve, and i was watching music videos on tv. After two seconds the song started, i was there, singing and dancing. It’s always been in me. I have always wanted to be an artist, create and inspire. Acting and singing are one of the first things i’ve done, since i started at age 4.
Interview with Exposed Vocals
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
First of all, the best thing to do nowadays is gig smart. There are so many places, and so called promoters, that will rip you off and steal your money. Find out what are the best gig in the area and go for them. Don’t just accept anything that comes your way. Believe in your talent and what you have to offer, and do your research regarding promoters, music venues and how the music industry works. Regarding airplay, the best thing to start with are local radios, which sometimes they have shows for indie, emerging artists. Contact them, show them your music, your personality, be engaging, don’t be too formal. Most DJs and radio hosts don’t like it. Be yourself.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Oh i do. I am so focused sometimes i forget to breathe! The most critical moment is the beginning, after let’s say ten minutes you warm up and get used to the crowd. The most hilarious mistake was forgetting the lyrics and start inventing them. It sounded like an alien language, it wasn’t even English. The crowd noticed and they started laughing with me. It was fun, it was in LA.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I had various tours as a solo artist, and also when i was in a band. I love playing live. One odd thing that happened when i was fourteen, and i was with my former band (Rancid), a young guy came backstage after a gig we had, he was obviously very, very drunk. He looked at me, hugged me tight and yelled: “Why did you break up with me?”, while he was sobbing on my shoulder. I laughed all the way back home. I always have so much fun when i play live, and i meet so many interesting people, and artists as well.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Oh, i have so much planned for the future. Me and my producer Aubrey (Whitfield) are working on my next single already. For now, all i can say is that there’s going to be a BIG surprise and a featuring in the new single.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
You always have to search around for radios, good opportunities to play live, like showcases, competitions, open mic, gigs, work 24/7 to find what’s best for you. I am always doing something, always putting myself out there, always contacting people, and see what they have to offer. But, what works for me may not work for another artist. In general, what i noticed in these years, is that so many artists have talent, yet they are not quite sure what style of music they want to do. It is crucial to have your mind made up and know who you want to be, as an artist. You cannot promote something flaky and that is not well defined. There are also many, infinite ways to promote your music, but, as always, i invite artists to watch out and not fall for traps and scams, which are time and money consuming. Be smart.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Ok, i would love to perform at the Wembley Stadium with Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, also at the Super Bowl with Britney Spears. I think it would be awesome! I simply adore these artists, i think they have made history, all of them. They are unique, distinctive and have loads of personality, which is something i love.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
There is a new single coming up, also a fashion collaboration, a new novel, and a short movie. There’s a lot to look forward to, so make sure you follow me on my socials 🙂
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Uh, tough question! I’d be a doctor, probably. Or a policewoman.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Loads of interviews, photoshoots, videos, music, live and in studio, a beautiful novel and… fashion!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
First of all to Aubrey Whitfield, my producer. One of the most talented people i know. Then, James Colah, which is not only a talented musician and producer, but also a great friend. Also Dorian Reland, an amazing artist and friend, Isaac, Billy and Taylor, which are three of the most important people in my life along with my brother Stephen, and Frances, my cousin!