Call Me King Interview

Call Me King Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD. What type of artist are you?

CMK. We generally group ourselves as post-hardcore, although we’ve heard a lot of different descriptions of our music that are all over the map. Usually post-hardcore will put you in the right ballpark.



PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.

CMK. We started up in the end of 2015. Since then, we recorded two albums. The first, …and the snow will turn to ash, was produced by Craig Owens of Chiodos and D.R.U.G.S. and engineered by Jordan DiSorbo of Before Their Eyes. The second, The Writer and the Written, was produced by Jordan and released August 4th, 2018. We have played or toured with many notable bands including, Asking Alexandria, blessthefall, Escape the Fate, Emery, and several others. Currently we are touring the Midwest to promote The Writer and the Written.



PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

CMK. We have very diverse influences between the five of us, coming from very different musical backgrounds. These range from post-hardcore like Thrice, Chiodos, and Dance Gavin Dance; to bands like The Dear Hunter, AJJ, Knuckle Puck, etc.



PD. What are your dreams and goals?

CMK. Dreams range the stereotypical things every band asks for, to be well-known, tour the world, etc. Our goal is to become successful enough to live off of making music.



PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?

CMK’ Lyrics are generally written by our vocalist, Joel Gauthier. Our songs range over a variety of subjects, both internal and external. Some songs are emotional and personal, dealing with the struggles and problems that Joel has been through. Some songs are broader in scope, addressing things we see as being wrong with the world. At the core, our music is made to show people that they are not alone, that there are others going through the same things, and most of all to inspire thought. We aren’t trying to convince you to agree with us, we just want you to ask questions and discover what you truly believe.



PD. How do you promote your band and shows?

CMK. We do a lot of promotion using traditional social media, as well as our website Outside of those, we physically drop off tickets to fans, have all of our music on Spotify, Apple Music, and the like. We are also exploring different options with publicity and marketing companies as well.



PD. What do you think about downloading music online?

CMK. It’s the current listening trend. Not saying you can’t sell CDs anymore, or that physical is dead. But the majority of people are listening digitally now, it just makes sense that music is moving to platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and of course iTunes.



PD.What song do you wish you’d written and why?

CMK. Jukebox Hero. Because we have one guitar.



PD. What are some of your pet peeves?

CMK. When our guitarist Ruben yells at everyone that we’re gonna be late, and we get to the venue an hour early. When Zack doesn’t turn on his drop pedal.



PD. What is your proudest moment in music?

CMK. Definitely going on tour with Emery. They’re a huge influence of ours and getting to share a stage and hang out with them was absolutely incredible. Our second choice would be having Craig Owens produce our first album, which was awesome for many of the same reasons.



PD. So what are you working on at the moment?

CMK. We are currently touring to promote our last release and focusing in on building fanbase and followers through marketing, promotion, and further touring. We have some material that we’ll be recording eventually, but that’s on the back burner while we promote this album to the best of our ability.



PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

CMK. Our next shows are on this tour, Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Hattiesburg, Beaumont, and San Antonio. You should come to any of these because our live show is something we tuned to no end. We put everything we have on the stage and it results in an incredibly energetic, emotional show. Seeing us live is a completely different experience because of the energy and interaction we have with our fans, and every show is a little different.


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