A Melbourne-based electronic artist with a new single we're vibing.
KingIV is Melbourne-based artist dabbling in the darker realms of electronica, in ways no better exemplified than on her brand new single, Like I'm Back. Merging underground EDM and moody R&B, KingIV is just getting started, and in the interest of getting in at the ground floor, we sent her a few questions to get to know her a little better:
Tell us about about yourself?
I’m from a really small town in the snowy mountains, I grew up there and moved to a city an hour away when I was 17 to study music. A year later I moved to Melbourne, went to uni for about a week and didn't vibe it, so have pretty much been working towards releasing music independently since then, which has been about two years.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
Anything high-energy with some grit about it, I’m avoiding saying the word banger even though that’s what I really mean haha. M.I.A and Elliphant are probably my ultimates, but I also really like MØ, Kali Uchis, The Dø… and Santigold have all been a massive influence.
It differs a lot - producing is really exciting and important to me, but I also like being able to focus solely on writing and collaborating with others. I worked with a producer for Like I’m Back - Jack ‘Haxx’ Arentz, we have a really great dynamic together and it all came about pretty organically. It was nice because we never tore the song apart to try and finish it - which is a huge habit of mine.
What do you do outside of music?
For fun? Not a lot out of music to be honest. Most of my friends are musicians so anything extracurricular is usually also music related. We go to gigs a lot of course, almost always at The Gaso or The Tote. I also love cooking, that is my go-to for winding down.
Can you tell us about your latest single, Like I’m Back?
I think it’s a lot more uplifting than anything else I’ve written, it’s very emotive and personal - I drew a lot from personal experience. The song is about obsession, and self-destruction, being infatuated with something damaging to you - though it ends on an empowering note and that is the main point of the song - coming back from a point of weakness and realising you’re in control.
Any shows coming up?
A live show is definitely in the works and you can expect something later in the year! I mean it! :)
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
I have a couple of collaborations coming up soon which is going to be really fun - but mainly writing and recording for a forthcoming EP, and live show prepping. There’s also some cool people remixing my first single No. One, which is super exciting.
Where can we hear more of your music?
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