42 King is a rock band which consists of Kurt Collins (vocals – bass), Rich Rosen (drums) and Tucker Krishock (guitar). Kurt was kind enough to give me some time for this interview below. This is an opportunity for you to learn more about their new single ‘Over My Head’!
Hello 42 KING! Thanks for doing this interview with us! Could you introduce yourselves and tell us about how the band first formed? Hey there! Kurt Collins here. Lead singer and now bass player haha. That’s a story in itself. 42 King is me, Rich Rosen on the drums and Tucker “Pizza Lamp” Krishock on guitar. We started in 2014. A friend of a friend introduced me to Rich because I was looking for a drummer.
I’ve been playing in bands since I was 12. Most of the time, was just in bands with my cousin. I grew up in Kentucky and started recording music in my uncles makeshift studio with my cousin at an early age. another story and another time, back to 42 King. I met Rich, he knew a bass player and we started jamming. The 1st jam was so awful we almost didn’t get back together. But we tried it out one more time. And that 2nd time was magic. In that 2 hours we almost flushed out an entire set list of songs I had already written. Then in April of 2016 We needed another guitar player and we found Tucker through an ad we put out on Reverbnation. Perfect match, and an insane story. Tucker’s dad and my grandfather worked together at RJ Reynolds in North Carolina when we were babies. So we joke that we probably played TeeBall together at some point.
Towards the end of last year our bass player decided rock n roll wasn’t for him and he left the band. After searching for months, I decided I’d pick up the slack on the bass. Now I’m playing bass. Haha.
How did you come up with your bands name? The band was originally named “vimana” but we changed that in 2016 right before Tucker joined. The 42 King meaning is rad as hell… to me at least haha. I was like “what’s the most rock n roll thing in the world?” To Me that’s Elvis. So Elvis… what could be Elvis without using anything Elvis? So I said… “He was the ‘King’ and he died when he was 42…” and then bam… the birth of 42 King began.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your songs before? Our sound is a mix of things. We do what we like, then we do what feels right, then we do what the song needs. It’s a process. Which comes out like Iggy and the Stooges – The Cars – Green Day and a side of Beastie Boys (wait till we drop our next single. VERY bestie boys 😎)
Can you tell us more about your new single ‘Over My Head’? How long have you worked on it and how did you approach the writing process? The story of this song is insane. The music video was shot a year prior to the release, to a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SONG! We had recorded a song called “Alive When Im Dead” and it was a southern rock/garage rock tune. So as the video was about to be put out. We met Jason Hollis. Producer, music wizard and rock n roll guru. He’s done bands like The Pink Spiders, The Fray, and Delta Riggs. He heard the song and was like “eh it’s good but it could be better” so we got into the studio and turned a bland garage rock track into the catchy, rock-pop monster “Over My Head“
It’s INSANE to hear the end product with other people’s vision on it. I love it. The original version of the song was complete in June of 2016. We shot the video in Sept of 2016. In January we got into the studio with Jason and Sept 7th 2017 we released it. When we finished ‘Over My Head‘ up at NRG studios in North Hollywood, Jason’s friend and 3x Grammy winning mixer Warren Riker mixed the track. Then it took most of 2017 to re-cut the video to match the BRAND NEW song. If you could hear the two songs back to back your mind would explode haha.
How was the shooting experience? Any funny story to tell us? The video was crazy. Tucker’s bother’s company Partners in Cinema shot it. We had a warehouse space downtown we shot the poker stuff in and a lot of the end scenes. We got kicked out of a Macy’s parking lot at one point, that wasn’t even in business anymore. Ruined a good portion of footage we needed. Just a sweaty man in a golf cart came and ruined the day. It took a good month to shoot the entire project with schedules and locations.
The movie guys live on a house boat in Texas and we are located in Los Angeles. So there was no more pick up shots or things to get once we changed the song! They made do with what they shot and it’s amazing.
Also. The lead actor, Lewis Pullman. Is Bill Pullmans son. That’s why there’s that flash cut of Bill Pullman in the intro. Which I think is from Independence Day. And yes. We ran with a heavy ass steel safe through downtown Los Angeles at 1am. Which probably seemed normal to people watching. Haha.
Out of all the experiences you had as a band, has there been a particular one that has stood out to you? Getting to record at NRG. That studio I have dreamed about since I was a kid. It was in the booklets of all the CDs I bought. Every band I loved recorded albums there. So to be in the same room, pee in the same toilet as all my favorite musicians. That’s just rad.
What is one lesson you’ve learned that you think is important to pass onto other bands? Never let egos get in the way. It will destroy you. When some one has an idea. Try it. Talk about it. Don’t shoot it down. Because it never hurts to try. It hurts to yell and piss someone off. If you can exist as a band with out holding on to every note and word. You can exist for a long time. Because when it comes big boy business time and you’re working with producers and business suit types. Your music will be changed. 99.99% for the better. At the end of the day, music is a business and you have to treat it as such. So if your ego is so inflamed it can’t be told to try something else or change something. You’ll never go anywhere. Period.
What’s up next for 42 King? Next we’re gearing up to shoot a music video for our next single ‘Ready to Blow‘. Hoping to complete that within the next month and maybe we’ll be talking to you again!