INTERVIEW: Solomon King & The Chosen

Hi Solomon, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I am blessed and very grateful for the opportunity to share what ever gifts I have been given with you.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Sunset & Mars”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Yes, The woman I love did not love me any more. I think it more accurate to say that she was not “in love” with me any more. She may love me still. I do not know.

The single comes off your new album No. 5 – what’s the story behind the title?
Sunset & Mars is a physical location for an emotional condition. See above for “inspiration”.  So she is gone. Where does that leave me? Broken hearted crying in my room? Not my style.  Where to go to escape and try to recover? The corner bar? Church? Work? drugs, the arms of another?  No. I found Sunset and Mars.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes. We have finished shooting the video as of yesterday and are editing now.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recorded during lockdown. All the musicians contributed their parts from all over the country, so I wasn’t actually in the room with any of them when they recorded. Communicating what I wanted across thousands of miles was somewhat problematic.  I had a particularly hard time with the bass line and went through several bass players. All of them were great and famous, but just not what I wanted. Finally I told the producer Jimmy Paxon to find a bass player who only had one string on his bass, and that’s what you hear on the record. The writing process is a collaboration with Carl “Doc” Hauser. He sent me a song idea with a line about viewing romantic sunsets on Mars. I took that idea to Sunset Blvd here in Hollywood and the non existent intersection of Mars.

How has Lou Reed and Nick Cave influenced your writing?
Both emotional baritone poet storytellers. Honest and uncompromising.

What role does Detroit play in your music?
I grew up in Detroit. Some of the greatest music in the world was being played there. Rock, R & B, Blues, even Country.  I was a dancer on the Motown TV shows when I was 12 years old and was sneaking into the ChessMate (Blues club) at 14. I was in professional teen rock bands from the age of 15 until I left for California before my 21 birthday.

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

What else is happening next in Solomon King & The Chosen’s world and where is the best place for us to find you online?
I am going to do an all acoustic show in Hollywood October 16. I just bought three new guitars and a couple of amplifiers. I intend to use them in venues throughout the world in the near future. I hope to meet you at one of those shows.

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