Get To Know Raven King



What's your inspiration?

It can be a bit all over the place: purely imagined stuff (or more specifically: surrealism), real or imagined interactions with people in our lives, or events that have come and gone.

If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?

I kinda feel that smaller/lesser known (and even some moderately well-known) artists get taken for a ride financially, and especially here in the US. Trickle-down capitalism: such a crock. You see the support given to artists in a place like Toronto, and it’s no wonder so much great music is coming from there.

What is your favorite song to perform?

Probably Scot Free… The energy through that track is pretty visceral.

What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your musical career?

Maybe take up painting or sculpting. I definitely need some artistic outlet at all times, otherwise I’d go nuts.

If you could go open for any artist, who would it be?

Qotsa

What first got you into music?

Will and I (and Aj) grew up together, and jamming together just ended up being one of the best ways to pass the time.

Do you have any hobbies outside of music?

Will’s into chess in a pretty big way. I read voraciously, and I do some pretty low intensity rock climbing.

Which instrument is your favorite to perform?

Drums without a doubt… I always leave playing the drums with a body-high. I’m not very good at them however. Haha.

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?

I’m probably better at writing poetry than music, but I feel that music is able to express emotion in a language that words will never equal.

What’s your favorite and least favorite part of being a musician?

I really love the actual writing & playing process. It gives me such substantial joy to create as a mode of expression.

Least favorite part would have to be everything outside that has to deal with managing logistics in some form or another.

What’s the best piece of advice another musician has given

You?

That you play life itself, so when your life is interesting, your music will be interesting.

What’s your process for dealing with performance anxiety?

At first it was a real thing for me. I’m a big fan of the trial-by-fire method, and after enough exposure you get at least reasonably comfortable with it.

What does your work aim to say?

I don’t know that we’ve ever had an intentional focused aim. Maybe we’ll try that next time.


What is your dream project?

I’d be happy just to not have to manage the engineering aspect. I have a real respect for those guys… you have to be super fastidious (which can be character building when–like myself–you’re not).


What are some artists you’re listening to right now?

Caroline Rose, Cherryglazer, Sasami, Metz, Mastodon, Father John Misty, Ovlov, Julia Holter, Buke & Gase


What qualities make a good artist?

Individuality? Putting out high quality stuff? I don’t think I know anymore.


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