We spoke to The Kings Parade, the upcoming British band to find out how they maintain a work life balance as their recognition grows.
Music and the arts are a big talking point right now with a move away from faceless corporate jobs towards the dream of ‘making your stamp on your industry’. But what is it really like for young adults trying to make their way in an ever-condensing market of bands and musicians? Read their answers to find out.
What is your role now and what are the main responsibilities for the band?
I think our role is to write music that we believe in and hope that we can connect with people in the process. At this stage we also have the mission of spreading the word to as many people as possible whilst earning a living, which is not always so easy…!
How long have you been doing this for and what did you do before?
Once we’d decided to try and pursue the career of the band, we realised that we needed to build up a little cash so that we could move to London. Fortunately for us, we managed to haggle our way to getting a job performing as the party band on a cruise ship around Hawaii and West America/Canada! We’re now in our 4th year of playing together as a band and we’re currently still working our own jobs too. We have part-time jobs working as teachers and musicians to try and make ends meet. It’s a surreal life coming back from tour, playing to amazing audiences, then coming straight back to teach Jimmy! Not that we don’t love Jimmy.
Can you think of any key challenges you had to overcome and how did you battle them to get to where you are?
As much as we’d like them not to be, money and contacts; without these, a career in music in very tricky!! We were fortunate enough with the cruise to get the money to move to London, which we used to get a house together but actually living in London doesn’t come cheap… We all work mornings and this just about covers ourselves, but it wasn’t until we discovered busking that we were able to start funding the band itself. We started with covers and no merchandise whatsoever and it was just lucrative enough to keep us going! This was then followed by another breakthrough where we started performing our own original tunes and at the time had just produced our first demo CD that we were selling for £2. They sold unbelievably well that we went on to busk regularly and this funded producing the videos and tracks for our 1st EP. We were also lucky enough to meet some really useful industry connections through this and people who we are still working with to this day!
What is the dream, or where would you like to see yourself in five or ten years?
Of course for any band the dream is to headline huge festivals and play huge tours! But our first realistic dream is to live off the music, the music alone. If we can achieve this dream, then maybe we’ll dream a little higher.
How do you find balancing lifestyle and downtime with your job?
Sometimes it’s tricky when most days are spent working long hours, but we all get along well which makes everything a lot easier. We also live together which can be intense on top of everything else so sometimes it’s just a case of switching off to stop us driving each other crazy!!
If you could give one piece of advice to a young spark looking to start up a band, what would that be?
Be prepared for a long uphill battle with plenty of highs and lows, but if you’re committed enough, then just maybe it’ll work out!
What has been your favourite show you have played this month? If not month, this year?
That’s a tricky one as we’ve been lucky enough to have quite a few great shows over the last year. I think from an outsiders point a view the bigger the better, but it’s not always the case as I think we’d all agree that our favourite show from the past year was a recent night at The Islington with just 150 people, but 150 people who made us feel like we were playing the biggest show of our lives.
And finally, what do you think is the best part about being an upcoming band right now?
No one knows how far this can go and ever day is so different! We can write the music that we want to write, and the feeling of performing this and spreading this around the world is quite unique and special.
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