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INTERVIEW: The Queen and King

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Caroline: Peachy! We have been busy, busy and couldn’t be happier about it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Trouble”?

Greg: It’s one of the first songs we ever wrote as a band and it was a complete accident. We had a lot of ideas, but stripping this song down and doing it acoustic felt right. I think people will enjoy how minimal it is.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Caroline: Greg and I were at a party one night and in mid-conversation I spaced out and started thinking about someone I shouldn’t have been thinking about… you know, an ex. And the main melody for “Trouble” popped into my head. At that point in my life, no matter what, whenever I spaced out or let my mind wander, it always went back to this one person. So I ran into the restroom at the party and recorded the melody on a voice memo, but I didn’t touch it for awhile.

Greg: And then Caroline was binge watching the Netflix show “Orange Is The New Black” in the Summer of 2014 and she thought, along with millions of other people, that Piper and Alex’s relationship was intriguing and extremely frustrating. Pretty soon after, she was inspired by the show and wrote the rest of lyrics to that song, and it came together just right.

The single comes off your new EP Cavities – what’s the story behind the title?

Greg: When the time came to buckle down and name the EP, we were still joking around about letting our music “penetrate your aural cavities.” I threw out the idea that we should call it “Cavities.” We weren’t crazy about it at first because it didn’t really seem like the title an electronic pop band would give their very first EP, but really we just let the title marinate for a few days and it felt comfortable.

Caroline: Over time, I’ve created a double meaning for it as well. I associate children or juvenile behavior with cavities, and I think it makes a lot of sense with “Cavities” being our first EP. It is the first step, and we had a lot of growing pains and learned a lot making this record.

How was the recording and writing process?

Greg: The writing and recording process for the this EP came pretty smoothly. Caroline was doing most of the songwriting and I was programming the tracks. Caroline paired my beats with her lyrics and our songs were born. It took about a week or so to finish all vocals, and the EP itself took six weeks to finish. This EP came out pretty smoothly, which isn’t always the case in this genre.

Having toured with the likes of Tyler Ward – what did you learn from that experience?

Caroline: Tyler is the King of Hustling. I learned that you have to be dedicated every day to your work. Tyler never let a minute go to waste. We had fun and watching him work was inspiring.

Greg: I learned a lot of things being on the road with Tyler. What I most took away was the importance of actually performing when you’re on stage. I realized that performing doesn’t mean you have to go absolutely insane when you’re on stage (you absolutely can) but it’s extremely important to connect with the human beings in the audience and making that show a great experience for them. I loved being on the road. We had a solid group of people out there with us.

Any plans to hit the road?

Caroline: We plan to play out in town (Nashville) and break into the electronic scene here. Then we are going to hit nearby cities like D.C. and Atlanta.

What else is happening next in The Queen and King’s world?

Caroline: We’ve already got another EP ready to release! It’s called “Pep Talk” and it is definitely true to our electronic pop artistry. We can’t wait to get that EP on it’s feet next. We’re thinking a Summer release.

Greg: Getting ready to release “Pep Talk” is on the forefront and putting out as much content as possible on our Spotify and YouTube channels for our fans to enjoy. Also, we’re always writing. Whether it be using my computer to make a song or writing with pen and paper. But really always writing and getting in those 10,000 hours.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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