INTERVIEW: Kings of Crownsville
by Cyrus Rhodes
In close Waiting there for Me by the Kings of Crownsville is an impressive poppy, hooky 10 song release from Johnson and company. If these guys have a slam dunk live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove this band is on to something special. One would be wise to keep a watchful on them over the years to come.
IMD What do you want fans to take from your music?
KOC The Kings of Crownsville try to play music that goes to the corners of the soul. We try to speak to as many emotions as we can and we try to do it with music that relies simply on the song and performance rather than relying on technology and production.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences?
KOC I was born in the deep south and spent about half my childhood there before moving up to New York State. My earliest musical memories took place in New Orleans, going to the Marti Gras, etc.. When my parents moved us up north, they took that music with them in their music collection. So, I was listening to Louis Prima and Armstrong , Pete Fontaine and some of those guys a lot as a kid. My Dad was into jazz and the crooners of that generation, but by the time I was 12 or so I was into Muddy Waters and the blues. Then the Beatles came along and I was playing rock and roll in high school bands.
IMD What was the best concert you guys have ever been to?
KOC As a band we don’t go to many concerts together. Speaking for myself, my most memorable concert was a concert I attended as a boy in Central Park. With less than a thousand people in attendance, I saw The Jimi Hendricks Experience open for a band called The Young Rascals - think “ Groovin’ On a Sunday Afternoon “. It was their very first appearance in the United States and they were literally booed off stage. Then, just to make matters worse, when the Rascals were late, Jimi came out again to fill in the time, and they were booed off stage again!!! However, I was a very young guitar player at the time and I was entranced, and still am.
"We try to speak to as many emotions as we can and we try to do it with music
that relies simply on the song and performance rather than relying on technology
- Kings of Crownsville -
IMD Tell us about your latest release?
KOC The record was recorded in my house and co-produced by Julian Comanda, a recent graduate of Goucher College here in Baltimore. It was over two years in the making with the final mix down done in Annapolis at Adek Production Studios. We tried to keep production values low, and tried to rely on good performance rather than big tech, keeping the sound as simple as possible.
IMD What’s the best and worst things about being an Independent Artist in your area or locale?
KOC Believe it or not , as small as this town is, you still have to “break in”. We have been lucky enough to have our music reviewed in several places now, but we still can’t get a review in our local paper. Live music and musicians are pretty devalued at this point. Unless , of course , you live in New Orleans.
IMD Do you remember the first song you ever wrote?
KOC Yes, unfortunately.
IMD Is there a track that stands out on your latest release that stands out as being your personal favorite?
KOC I suppose my favorite is the title track, “Waiting There for Me”. I like what’s going on at all levels on this one, but I love the horns especially.
IMD What’s the best thing about performing live?
KOC Seeing the look on people’s faces when the music hits them. Then, if there is dancing going on you go to a whole new level. It’s tribal. Musicians live for that.
IMD Amy touring scheduled to support?
KOC Not anything our of the area.
IMD What’s next for you guys? Is there a full length CD coming out this summer?
KOC We want to start putting out some decent videos. I think that’s how we are going to put out our new stuff for a while.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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