INTERVIEW: King Soloman

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

Everything is good, thank you for asking. I’m excited to be here.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wish Me Well”?

Yes! “Wish Me Well” is the story of my life basically. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and I moved to Miami about three years ago. “Wish Me Well” is an adventure. No matter who you are; my family, my friends, or my haters, I just want you to Wish Me Well on my journey.

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

I would definitely say moving to Miami. Even though I released the song almost 2 years after I moved down here, I still felt it was necessary to give Brooklyn a proper Goodbye, I can’t just forget about it. In a way it was like me saying farewell to my old life, but at the same time never forgetting where I came from.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Of course! It is going to drop on May 23rd, which is also my birthday. I can’t wait to release it. I promise anyone who watches it will feel amazing. It’s just good vibes all around. I had a lot of help from my lifelong friends. Filming the music video was an unforgettable experience.  The trailer is out now on my Instagram page, Kingsoloman_ .

How was the recording and writing process?

For this song it was very unique. My Producer and photographer were visiting me in Miami. We were about to go on the boat and have a chill day but right before we left my producer put on the beat. I stopped everything I was doing and just started writing lyrics. We were on a time schedule and we had to get to the dock. We wanted to bump the song on the ocean so we legit recorded ASAP. My producer put in mad work and mixed it within 30 minutes.

What role does Brooklyn play in your music?

Brooklyn is everything. I am a product of my environment. Everyday I think about old memories. My style wouldn’t be what it is today if I grew up anywhere else. It is just a different world out here.  That’s why I chose Brooklyn as the main setting for the music video. I also have to show love to the other boroughs too. Once you leave NYC, you really appreciate what you had, because you realize you are leaving the greatest place.

How has the transition to the Sunshine state got to influence your writing and yourself as an artist?

The same way I show appreciation to NY, I show it to Florida. If I didn’t move down here I don’t even think I would be an artist right now. I didn’t move to Miami right away. I first lived in Davie Florida, which is basically like the country side of South Florida. It isn’t easy to move to a different state in general, but to move from the Big Apple, a gigantic metropolis, to the country, a calm quiet place. It was definitely a culture shock.  When I first arrived the only people I knew were my father and older brother. I had no job, no money, and zero motivation. The one thing I did have was a lot of free time on my hands. In Brooklyn I used to freestyle and write some lyrics but it was never anything crazy. I mostly did it with my friends, but never really when I was alone. Most of my days were spent alone and I started to write lyrics and rap in order to pass time. As time went on I just kept practicing and it got to the point where I felt confident to start recording music. If I didn’t move to Florida, I would have never put myself in the opportunity to grow in the way I did. It gave me a lot of confidence to come back home swinging for the fences.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Whenever I collaborate, I always try to keep my style solid and adapt to the artist I’m working with. Every collaboration is different for every song, even if you have worked with the artist in the past. The main objective is to keep the energy consistent because if both artists get on the same wavelength you can make a banger, no matter what the vibe is.  When working by myself I take the same approach and just try to build off my rhyming. It is different because you are in charge of every part of the song and it’s a big responsibility. That’s why no matter what I like to keep the same energy and approach whenever I’m dealing with music. The more consistency I have the better I will be able to adapt and work with anyone.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I have a lot of new music I can’t wait to share. I know my fans will love it. It is a different vibe compared to “Wish Me Well”, but I know it will get people hype. I’m trying to expand my flow and rhymes and push the envelope. This will be a real hot summer.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

 The Title of the Mixtape is Called “NYC 2 MIA”. Right Now the release date is June 14th. It will definitely be ready for the summer. Also the Wish Me Well music video with be out May 23rd.

Any plans to hit the road?

This Summer after I release the tape, I will be traveling up the east coast. Also we are heading to Northern California and Seattle. Stay tuned for the dates.

What else is happening next in King Soloman’s world?

A lot is going on. My team is helping me out tremendously when it comes to this music and the video that we will be releasing. I don’t want to give away a lot of information but I can definitely say that “Wish Me Well” wont be the only music video releasing this summer. Trust me, we have a lot. Also I will be making guest appearances in Tampa and Orlando. Stay up to date by following my Twitter & Instagram: Kingsoloman_   Also on Souncloud & Youtube: Kingsoloman236

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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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