answered by Michael Rubin and James Terranova
Hey Guys!! What’s been your reaction to the fans excitement for this new project?
Mike: It’s been fantastic. Our video for “Shake! Shake! Shake!” started trending on Vevo’s “New Rock” chart and it kinda blew my mind. I’m just glad people really seem to dig the track!
James: I’m just really glad to see people excited with something we’ve put so much effort into.
How excited were you guys to get “Shake, Shake, Shake” out into the world?
Mike: Unbelievably excited! We’ve been working on this for a couple of months now and to finally see it out there in the world feels a bit surreal. It’s also the very first thing that we’ve ever released as King Falcon, so it all feels a lot more real now.
James: So stoked. Each song is like a baby, it needs to be cared for and nurtured, seeing it go out into the real world is a small part terrifying – but a large part exciting!
What other release plans do you guys have for 2020?
Mike: Well, obviously this whole COVID-19 thing changed some of our plans. We actually have an entire E.P. recorded, but filming music videos is going to be a little bit difficult until we’re all allowed to go back outside again. We’ve got a whole bunch of content, but cant promise any solid release dates at the moment because the entire world is in the middle of taking a short hiatus.
What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music, as opposed to what you released from your previous band, The Inoculated Canaries?
Mike: Although both bands have birds in the name (Yes, that was on purpose), the music is totally different. I think the King Falcon sound is very modern whereas the Canaries’ sound was supposed to be much more vintage. The way that we approach writing for both bands is very different. Most Canaries’ songs started off as solo pieces for acoustic guitar and vocals. With Falcon, we focus on the actual production from the very beginning. If you like the Canaries stuff, don’t worry there will be more of it. And if you like the King Falcon stuff, don’t worry there will be plenty more of that as well. All we know how to do is make music, and we plan on making plenty of it.
James: The goal of King Falcon is to break down songwriting into its most basic form; a dope groove, melody and harmony, and slick lyrical content. The Canaries are a different beast. From day one it’s always been about doing things the hardest way possible. That’s how it was done back in the day and that’s the vibe we’re trying to keep alive.
What type of music are you leaning towards for your music career going forward?
Mike: I mean, at the heart of everything we do is Rock and Roll. You won’t see us put out any hip hop or club music anytime soon. It just wouldn’t be genuine.
James: If it has real guitar and drums, I’m interested. It’s that simple.
How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?
Mike: Oof… tough question. Maybe a good morning text when I wake up and then a good night one before bed?
James: I’m not really a drinker, but you could definitely take me out for a nice steak or something.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
Mike: I’m actually a huge nerd. I don’t go out much – I don’t like clubs. Frankly, I’m the kind of guy to spend hours on the internet watching people build engines for cars and things like that. I’m a big car guy, although I’ve talked about that in interviews before.
James: I also moonlight as a recording engineer, and (I swear I’m not tooting my own horn here) I own a pretty dope recording studio in Brooklyn. I’ve worked with a number of A-list artists in the past few years like Alicia Keys, Justin Bieber, and Zayn Malik.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
Mike: I don’t bite, come say Hi! Although, I will inevitably run out of interesting things to say unless I’m talking about guitars or something like that. Don’t take it personally, I was never a natural conversationalist.
James: I might seem like I don’t wanna be bothered at first but I promise you it’s just the crippling anxiety and depression talking, if you take that all away I’m almost a real person!
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
Mike: I think I just want people to have a good time! King Falcon isn’t supposed to be a band with a higher purpose and we’re not a band with an agenda. We just wanna make music that makes people dance, makes people feel something, and makes people enjoy the 3 or so minutes they spend listening to the song.
James: The world is a scary and crazy place. If we can make even one person smile and nod their head for at least a second then I think we’ve got our point across.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Mike: Purpose. If nobody listens to the music, what’s the point of making it? It would be narcissistic for me to sit here and listen to my own songs all day…
James: Enlightenment. Given the times we’re in, knowing that our passion is something other people believe in too is truly awesome.
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Mike: Kevin Parker from Tame Impala. I absolutely LOVE Tame Impala. Also Dave Grohl, because he’s Dave freakin’ Grohl!
James: I’d love to talk gear with Butch Vig and production with Brian Wilson.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
Mike: Everybody is on social media. If you’re not constantly paying attention to your socials, people won’t constantly pay attention to you.
James: Like a wise man once said, “If you didn’t post about your keto diet, are you even on one?”
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
Mike: Realistic or unrealistic? A realistic one would be to get the “Shake! Shake! Shake! music video over 500k views. An unrealistic one would be to wake up tomorrow morning as Paul McCartney.
James: I’d like to wake up as Paul McCartney, 5 minutes before Mike does, just to annoy him.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Mike: Y’all are really the best, Thank You for your support!
James: Greedo only shot first in the re-release, and that doesn’t count!
Connect and share with King Falcon:
Official website: https://kingfalconband.com/
Apple Music/iTunes: https://music.apple.com/album/id/1499337888