INTERVIEW: Brooklyn’s Joseph King

Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Just great, thank you for asking.

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

It’s the first single off my new EP, I Miss Everything, and sort of embodies the sound and spirit of the album. 

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

Not particularly one event. A lot of songs I write are loosely based upon a series of occurrences that I sort of meld into one somewhat linear, if not literal, story. This song is basically about the slow numbing of the heart over time, especially towards someone who abandoned you at some point, and tries to reconcile. Fun stuff.

How was the filming experience for the video?

A blast. I worked with two amazing artists (and absolute degenerates), Ian Clarke (director) and Stevie T (cinematographer). They kept everything super loose and did an amazing job. And the star, Olivia Matthies, is quite gorgeous and a pleasure to be around. I’m glad we got to frolic in the ocean for a minute while Ian shot us on Super 8.  We also shot in two of my favorite locations in NYC – Coney Island and Nurse Bettie – can’t go wrong with either.

The single comes off your new album I Miss Everything – what’s the story behind the title?

I was sitting at a neighborhood bar day drinking awhile back with my ex-girlfriend Hannah, and started to get a bit nostalgic about old times on the road with my previous band mates. She asked, “Do you miss it?”. I answered, “I miss everything all the time.” She smiled, and I wrote a song about it, which became the title track for the EP. 

How was the recording and writing process?

These songs were written gradually over the course of a year, as most of my material is. The recording process was really DIY and exactly how I intend on recording from here on out. I produced the record myself along with Mad Crush drummer Will Whatley and our dear friend/producer/artist John Paul Frank. We tracked all over the place – a barn in Central Texas, studios in Bushwick and Bed Stuy, the Music Building in the City, my bedroom. I mixed with my old friend Lars Gorannson in Austin, and mastered with Kevin Blackler in Bushwick. It was super chill and gratifying. 

How did the different recording environments influence the record?

Kept it fresh and exciting. When you record in so many places, it feels like the location has less to do with the album than the people and the music. I guess that’s a good thing, right? 

What role does Brooklyn plays in your music?

I mean, it’s been my home for almost 10 years now, so I couldn’t even tell you at this point. I’m sure it permeates the sound through and through. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

All subtle abstractions of real life experiences, dripping with a bit of nostalgia, melancholy and inebriation. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We’re planning mini-runs through Nashville, California, and Texas this spring. Past that, it’s hard to say. Hopefully someplace exotic this summer.

What else is happening next in Joseph King and the Mad Crush’s world?

The big news right now is we’re headlining Bowery Ballroom on January 31 for our EP release show. It’s my favorite stage in the world to play, and the night I can’t wait for. You should come. No really, you should… 

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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