To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing King IV:
How would you best describe your music?
How did your band / musical project start?
In my bedroom on my laptop.
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
Most of my songs are an ode to empowerment, I am always aiming to create music that allows people to realise their own worth, at the very least. Helping people understand the infinite capabilities they possess no matter their race/gender/sexuality/age is something very important and inspiring to me.
I’ve never been drawn to writing songs denoting a negative emotion, because I want my own conflict with status and identity to be translated into my music in an uplifting way, to use at as a way of instilling an energy into myself and others – knowing it is possible to make something powerful and fulfilling out of a tough situation or experience. I think it is human nature to carry a weight from your adversities and bask in a struggle, I want to encourage people to use them to your advantage and continually create a more capable version of yourself.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Debuting my live show at Listen Out, it was an amazing thrill and incredible opportunity.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
M.I.A, Lady Leshurr, Elliphant, Santigold, Miss Blanks + all other bad bitchez.
Where can people find your music?