Interview: King Charles at Reading 2012

By on Wednesday, 5th September 2012 at 11:00 am

King Charles is one of those men at a festival like Reading 2012 that all you have to do is just have to look at him to make out that he’s not just a regular punter, he’s an artist.

“I am king of a new sound, calling on a new generation towards revolution.”

When an interview starts like that, well, it’s difficult not to realise that we have something special in our midst. Looking like a trustafarian mix between Bob Marley and Jamie T, he’s an interesting prospect when questioned to say the least and that’s just with a look at his special ‘waxed moustache’…

“There are many advantages and disadvantages of having a waxed moustache, of the advantages are you can groom yourself more efficiently; you can get a good height and shape.”

But with the success of debut single ‘Lady Percy’ and the release of his album ‘Love Blood’, confidence is brimming from the moustachioed monarch. His influences are wide ranging, from Adam Ant to Neil Young, and the genres sampled in his debut album are vast in their diversity.

“My musical influences? Well, it started with Bob Dylan, that’s what made me want to be an artist of any description. But then there was country music as well, people like Dolly Parton, because ‘9 to 5’, well, it’s the bomb isn’t it?

“People like The Rolling Stones as well influenced me, so I would say I gathered different influences and tried to make a sort of sound that I could express as big as possible.”

His music is, as I said, as eclectic as anyone could want. And with bands like Animal Collective, Django Django and alt-J taking plaudits left, right and centre, it seems there is no better time to mash genres together. However, with King Charles’ career still in its infancy, it’s understandable that the festival circuit is rather, well, idealistic in his view.

“This is the first time I have even been to Reading Festival, let alone played at it. It’s felt really good so far, I was trying to describe it earlier, but couldn’t! It’s got such a pleasant atmosphere of dreams and there are like so many 15-year old boys that come here that dream of being rock stars and want the life around that.

“Then you come back here and there are so many people living that dream and I just think it’s wicked.”
So with the King living the rock star dream, the question on fans’ lips is, what is up next for the monarch?

“At the end of the year I’m going to tour a lot and then I expect a long part of that I will be promoting my album ‘Love Blood’ as much as possible. Then I really wanna go do Australia and America next year and then I want to come back and do lots of festivals here and in Europe.”

Many thanks to the King himself for taking the time to do this interview and Paul and Chris for sorting this out for us.

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