King Charles is a musician and songwriter based in London. We caught up with him to hear about his music.
Who are you and where do you come from?
I am King Charles: I was born a Londoner and bred as an Englishman.
Where does your name come from?
It was given to me when I started making music. It stuck for a number of reasons; Prophecy, calling; Powerrrrrrr.
Who's in the band and where did you meet?
My backing band consist of a few boys, a few girls, a few laptops, we all met over the space of two or three years through friends, studios and the Apple store.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe it as a channel, or a vessel through which I can pipe ideas. The sounds you hear from the record/live show are a solution of these ideas designed to carry the idea to your ear where it will be distilled and directed to your head or your heart.
What makes your band unique?
Who are your musical influences?
There are people/musicians/bands who inspire me to play the guitar, to write songs, to learn different instruments; to think. From modern pop songs that mean nothing to me to Bob Dylan who means everything to me, I've learnt something from everything.
Tell us a bit about your current album and the inspirations behind it?
It’s my first album, 'In The World but not Of The World'. This album is solely inspired by girls and God, that’s what I was thinking about when I wrote it, and I'm still getting to grips with the identities of each. There are different themes within it but they all derive from the same stem.
Where are your favourite places to tour?
Kenya, The Caribbean, Bali, Capri between June and August.
Where do you look for inspiration when songwriting?
Inspiration, generally speaking, comes to me as a surprise, found in something or a moment when I wouldn't expect it. In my experience when sought, it can be elusive.
What would you be doing if you weren't in a band?
Spearing crocodiles on the Malagarasi.
What was the last record you bought?
Friska Viljor, Tour De Hearts .
Hopes and dreams for this year?
More fire on my head.
What's next for you?
You can find out more about King Charles and listen to his music on MySpace.