In the latest edition of our interview series, we speak to US 6-piece King Calaway about debut album ‘Rivers’ and plans to break the UK.
PW – Hey guys! How are you doing?
Hi! Doing great thank you, just had a 2 week European run and it’s been awesome.
PW – So, first thing’s first. For those who haven’t met you yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
We are a pop band based in Nashville, made up of 6 guys. We all play our instruments and sing, that’s our USP I think – it’s all live, no computers on stage. Oh and we have three lead singers, splitting every song three ways.
PW – You released your debut album ‘Rivers’ this month. How would you describe the release?
It’s been successful! We noticed an increase of followers online and people sending in messages of support in the UK when the album dropped. It’s a shame the C2C festival was cancelled as that’s a great chance to interact with fans and see what songs are really resonating with them but we can’t wait to be back.
PW – King Calaway have already been very successful in the U.S., what are your plans for your crossover to the UK and further afield?
We just want to keep flying over here as much as possible. I’m from Gibraltar and I lived in Manchester for 4 years for uni so I love an excuse to get back here! So far we are waiting for the pandemic to be under control before committing to more travel.
PW – What can you tell us about how the band started? Where did you guys meet, and was it always the plan to go full speed ahead as a career or did it start as a hobby and progress from that?
We were all connected to our now manager – Robert Deaton, via mutual connections. He had a vision for a band that could play, sing, was young and just really committed to harmonies and the 6 of us were all looking for exactly that too! (Or something similar). We made our way to Nashville and got in a band room, we jammed to some songs we all knew (like ‘love the one you’re with’) and felt an instant connection. Took a few weeks to get through formalities of visa applications for Jordan and myself but once that was sorted it was all systems go.
PW – If you had an ideal vision of where you would all be in five years, what would it look like?
Hopefully by then we’d be sitting on a number one song!? I think we would absolutely love to see a song go all the way to the top. More than anything though we are a live band. If In 5 years we are playing big sell-out shows then I would say that’s incredible.
PW – The world is on lockdown right now, and it has very much come out of nowhere. What are your plans for keeping creative whilst also following the health guidelines?
I’m just sitting at the piano every day. The other day I wrote a little tune called coronavirus against the world haha nothing too serious but keeps the creative juices still flowing. I know the rest of the guys in the states are doing the same thing, just picking up their instruments daily till we all get back together.
PW – In this kind of industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
Ahhh we know these feelings all too well! It’s a real struggle. One needs to try and find that happy place in the mind where you can be confident without relying on someone’s affirmation. Once you have the self assurance that what you’re doing has potential, has meaning, then you just need to stick to it regardless of the noise all around you.
PW – And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to tell us what you’re up to next, and where we can follow you online 🙂
Please find us on all social media platforms @kingcalaway – we are really funny. We are worth the follow hahaha we’re not sure what immediate plans there are. For now all we can do is create music, wash our hands and follow instructions in order to do our part for society – then we’ll get back to planning some big events 🙂
Featured Image Credit: Rachel Deeb