The Indiego team interviewed South African hip hop singer and songwriter King, to find out a bit more about his career and his plans for the future.
Indiego: Do you remember when you started playing music, or singing or rapping? How old were you, and what made you get into it?
King: I was 13 years old in Grade 4, and it was my music teacher, Madam Roos, who played a major role in building my self-esteem as a vocalist and a musician. I then explored other avenues, like kwaito, and I am proud to say that I am a hip hop artist today.
Indiego: What was the first song that you learned to sing or rap?
King: It was Tracy Chapman's "She's got her ticket" and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's "Change the world".
Indiego: Besides the singing, what else do you do (musically)?
King: I compose beats in my spare time, not as a profession though, as I'm still learning.
Indiego: Are you a self-taught musician, or did you study music formally?
King: I am self-taught.
Indiego: Which famous musician or singer do you admire the most? Why?
King: It has to be Eminem, 'coz he is a versatile and down to earth kinda person. He lets his music speak for him, which is the moral of the story as an artist.
Indiego: Do you write your own lyrics and compose your own music? If you write your own lyrics, what inspires your lyrics?
King: Yes, I do write my own lyrics. My inspiration mostly comes from my life experiences. There is no other story I would sell, than the one I have lived and the one I want to live.
Indiego: What genre would you say your music falls into?
King: Lol uhmm, I do not like putting boundaries around my capabilities and versatility, but to answer your question, I would have to say, Hip Hop.
Indiego: Have you officially released any songs/albums/videos? Any plans for the future?
King: So far, I have a couple of songs that I feature on, and songs which I have released on my own. "Dingiling" has been playing on numerous radio stations such as Ukhozi FM and I'm working on an EP titled "Kingdom". I'm also planning on shooting 3 music videos. I also have a
DVD that will be part of the package, plus T-shirts. I'm also competing on a show called "the
Platform" which will be starting on the 4th October on MTV Base, sponsored by Yamaha, Cell C and Sony. I'm also shooting an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) show called "Dancing like a White Guy" in Sep/Oct 2014.
Indiego: Do you release songs as an independent or are you signed to a record label?
King: Still Independent. For more info, please visit my web page at:www.theartkartel.co.za
Indiego: Are you a full time or part time musician/artist? If part-time, what is your profession?
King: Definitely full time..
Indiego: Do you produce your own music?
King: I have been working on other Producer's material, to mention a few:
• Young Prince,
• A Producer called Kepza (UKR),
• GoodMan Gwetta, who has worked with numerous artists like Bhar, DJ Tira, L. Vovo.
• Dr Magwaza, who has worked with Sir Popzin, and the likes of Touch Africa
• Sosha (from 745 records)
• Bacteria (from Soul Candi).
Indiego: Are you busy with any recording projects at the moment? (or planning to record in the near future?)
King: Yes, I'm in studio as we speak, working on an album – titled "Black Book", from which the first single called "Motive" will be dropping soon.
Indiego: Where are you based?
King: I am in Soweto (Emdeni)
Indiego: Have you recorded or performed overseas?
King: Lol, not yet, but I believe that it will be soon.
Indiego: Are you planning on moving elsewhere to pursue your career?
King: Not at the moment. I moved once before when I went to Durban, and stayed for a year, pursuing new ventures, which worked out pretty awesome I must say.
Indiego: What's been the highlight of your music career so far?
King: It's when the song I did with Sosha and Pitch Black Afro (in 2013) got nominated for a Metro FM Award.
Indiego: What are your plans for the future?
King: To establish my brand further, and to dominate the music industry in every possible way.
Indiego: What do you think of the hip hop scene in South Africa? Do you see many opportunities?
King: It's growing in every corner of the country, and yes, I see a lot of opportunities. I mean, building a brand is so complex, that its boundaries exist only in your head.
Indiego: And last, but not least: what do you want to say to your fans or potential fans out there?
King: My name is King from Snake Park. I love music and the only way for me to reach my goal, is for people to support local music and yes, please support my music and the movement I am building is called the Rand Movement ( representing the west Rand where I come from n the Rand, our currency)
Watch one of Kings video's "DIngiling" below:
For more info, please follow King on:
Facebook: King Bntp
Instagram: King Bntp
The Indiego Team would like to wish King all the best in his career, and we are definitely going to keep a look out for him in the music scene.