Q & A: KING FABBS




PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


I am King Fabbs, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and I am a solo Pop Punk Artist! I officially made my debut as an artist on July 2nd, 2021 where I released my own 5 track EP. I’ve been in love with music ever since I was a kid, and I’ve been involved with different music programs over the years such as school band, and marching band. I was in a punk band in my high school days for a short bit as well. I always wanted to get back into a band but I decided the solo artist journey was a better fit for me.



TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


I started writing my EP in January 2020, recorded it in September 2020, and released it July 2021. My EP is a reflection of who I am, I always write from the heart. I feel like a lot of artists usually release a single or a few singles before making an EP or album, but I want to give people a bigger impression of who I am and what I’m going to continue to sound like. Each track on the EP has it’s own meaning and I feel it has something that people can relate too and take a lot of value in. I hope the listeners can feel that when they hear it.




WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


I get a ton of inspiration from all the artists that I listen too, and wanting to put myself out there as an artist gave me a lot of motivation because I have wanted to do this for a long time. I’ve always to write music that people can vibe with on a personal level because music can be that escape that people need. That’s what it has always been for me, and that got me inspired to write music that describes myself, what I feel, and what I want to write about. I called the EP “Your Safest Place” because I want to provide people with music that can help them “escape”, while also embracing pop punk music and keeping the music fun and bright.




CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


“Your Safest Place” gives you music about personal motivation, finding the will to keep going when life gets hard, and music about the love people have for certain things and those special people we have in our lives.



WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


Green Day’s American Idiot album changed me a lot. They were the first punk band I really listened too and that started to influence the music I was listening too. I loved it when I first heard that album, I just felt so connected to it. This album introduced me to the world of rock music and I absolutely love it here. I got judged a lot for liking rock music because I'm black. I was the black guy who was “not actually black” because of my taste in music. I even started to get bullied because of it. But this music has taught to just be myself no matter what others think or say about you. I’m really glad I discovered the American Idiot album when I did because I really felt like it helped me discover myself and what I love.



DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?


I do not have any music video’s yet! I’m in the planning process of shooting my first music video. My favorite music video right now is Are you feeling Alive by Hot Milk. I love that song and I just love watching the music video to it as well. That band is on fire right now!


WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?


When I am not making music you can find me working my day job. I work in a warehouse, I drive a forklift, and I lift heavy boxes. I also teach some local marching bands here in Calgary. I work with the drumline’s in the groups that I teach. I love working with the drumline’s, it’s always super fun and exciting and it’s just such a great environment with really great people!



DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?


I usually do get a little bit nervous but only because I want to play good and sound good. I just want people to like me when they watch me play. To avoid getting nervous I simply try not to think about the show at all prior to it. It might sound a little odd but if I’m thinking about it, I start to get in my head sometimes. So avoiding the thought about how the show is going to go helps me relax and then everything is all good!


HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?


I was contemplating for a long time about going solo or trying to form a band, and after going through a lot of pros and cons between going solo and forming a band, going solo was the best choice for me and I stand by that decision! Sometimes the stress of putting a band together and getting people to be really committed to it can be incredibly exhausting. You can never force people to want to do something. But I knew for sure that I wanted to be a music artist so I doing it on my own became the best option!



HOW DO YOU WRITE?


I write all the music myself, and that pretty much all happens from my bedroom. When I start to write a song, I usually write a guitar part first before adding anything else. I will usually finish a song instrumentally before adding words. My producer and good friend Brennan Kennedy is extremely important to the process. We both share a love for pop punk music and he knows exactly how to help me bring my vision to life! Brennan also performed the drums on my EP as well as some synth/piano parts in the music. He is always really easy and fun to work with, he knows exactly how to get a specific sound when I need it, and I love performing with him!



WHAT INSPIRES YOU?


So many of the bands I listen to fuel my inspiration, but this is also my dream and I love to create and perform my music to people. I want to travel do shows for people so I can make them laugh and smile and just enjoy being in the moment. I’m inspired by people who share stories about what music does for them and how it makes them feel and that’s something I want to hear from others! I’m also inspired by Brennan because he knows so much and he’s super talented and he believes in me a lot.



WHAT IS NEXT?


I will be releasing a single in a couple of months!! I’m also looking to do some shows to get the word out about me! I’m planning on doing a music video soon as I mentioned before, and I’m just trying to get supporters who believe me and my music.




PLEASE TELL US ANY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS SO WE CAN SHARE.


Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/king_fabbs/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/kingfabbs/

Website- https://kingfabbs.com

SoundCloud- https://soundcloud.com/kingfabbs

Bandcamp- https://kingfabbs.bandcamp.com/releases