Introducing London Singer-Songwriter and producer JKiing.
Hailing from the south side of the river the budding artist first developed his love for music during his high school years, citing Tank, Lloyd and The Temptations as some of his earlier influences.
Gearing up for the release of his new EP, which Kiing describes as his “toughest project to complete” so far , Kiing has put a warm up single entitled “That Something”.
Here’s what happened when JKiing spoke to IndustryMe about his brand new single and more
How did you come up with your artist time and how did your musical journey begin?
That’s a really good question. The name Jkiing was created during the times I use to write poems. I once went by my first name and then added king at the end with out a double I as a poetry name. Then suddenly I found my self turning my poetry into raps, as time went on I thought let me do some research on the name Jkiing and see if anyone has this. At the time no one did so I thought ok I’m going to go with “Jkiing” with a double as I wanted to be different and most importantly stand out.
My musical journey truly began when I started to compose/produce my own music. I stayed up for hours staring at the screen battling to create beats that were on key and too my agenda. Every beat I made I’d write a rap to , eventually I started to see that it was singing I was interested in and kept singing over every beat I made until I found a sound I was content with.
How have you grown as an artist since the release of your single so fine back in 2016?
Honestly I’ve elevated so much as an artist, I’m no longer saying no features because I am
Now comfortable with my sound now that I have found it.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as a smooth contemporary/ old-school RnB sound mixed with a bit of tropical vibes.
Tell me about the recording process for “That Something”
One morning I was messing around on my keyboard as I usually am. Experimenting with different melodies and harmonies. Honestly that’s how that something came about, by me just playing about on my computer on the production side. I have a home studio set up where most of my music is recorded. This gives me the freedom to really give all of my ideas a chance. Also writing in my own space allows me to work at my own pace and in my own time.
Was “That Something” written about a particular personal experience?
That something is about a personal experience and the story is based on a particular person whom I would take a risk for.
How did you first learn how to produce?
I got fed up of Youtube Beats with tags so I started making beats from reason. I was given a lot of advice but no body would really help the way I wanted so it was a struggle. As time went on I began using Logic Pro 9, ever since I’ve kept upgrading the Music software doing what I could almost 24 hours a day and I finally got it. As time went on I joined forces with another producer and became apart of a duo called “Synth Lane”.
How do you think also being able to produce enhances your songwriting ability?
I think it is very beneficial because if I have an idea for a song I don’t need to wait for anyone I can simply turn on my computer and get to work. Ideally it makes the process quicker.
What are you currently working on?
Currently I am not working on anything in particular. My main focus now is my body of work “Great Things” which I plan to release next year.
Any final shoutouts or plugs?
I wanna give a special shout out to all my old fans who have been flooding my inboxes and my new fans who have been patiently waiting for my music whilst I took a break. I also want to say that moving forward my Producer name is “Synth Lane” and my Artist name is Jkiing. Lastly I would like to give a big shout out to my right hand producer “Chillzzy” which is the other half of “Synth Lane “
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