We caught up with When I Am King after their gig for the Coffee House Sessions Tour!
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You’re coming towards the end of the Coffee House Sessions tour – how did you decide on your setlist and which covers to put in it?
Just songs we like. That’s pretty much it. Also because the other two lads have left mid-tour, me and Joe have put covers in that they don’t know.
What happened with the others?
Food poisoning! Back in Liverpool. Couldn’t come on tour.
That’s awful! At least you managed to carry on though. Have you had to shape the set?
Slightly yeah. It’s easier without them! It really is when you’re doing this stuff, there’s a bit more movement.
Has the setlist changed since then?
We put a Mario cover in there, but that’s about it really.
Have you got any interesting stories from the road?
We went through a 180 pack of decaf tea in about 2 days!
At least it’s decaf though!
That’s still a lot of milk, you know, that’s probably the craziest thing we’ve done.
Wild! I saw you supported Shura in Liverpool, how was that?
That was a good one! That was a good gig yeah.
How is the gig scene in Liverpool?
Dying! As of a couple of years ago. All of the venues are closing, like The Kazimier, that was big. The Kazimier is this really big room, we had our EP launch there, it can hold 500 people. It’s like an old theatre that’s getting knocked down at the end of the year.
That’s so sad!
And Cream next door. Do you know Cream? Cream is where Creamfields was born. The club where it was born is getting knocked down, for student accommodation or something.
That’s not right! Has living there shaped your music in any way?
I don’t think it did shape our music much. Well it did, but we don’t listen to The Beatles that much. The Beatles is a big thing.
Is that the ‘rules’ – if you’re from Liverpool you have to listen to The Beatles?
That’s what people expect isn’t it. Your typical Liverpool band is an indie-rock band. Obviously there’s a few pop in there too, but that’s the standard.
Have you had any other interesting support slots?
Young Fathers, we supported them. We supported them twice actually and both of them were really good. They’re really good.
What was their live show like? Does that inspire you in any way?
Full of energy. You take things from every live performance you see. Not them personally, but they brought so much energy so I think they did.
I heard you have quite a range of influences, could you tell me about those?
We listen to everyone, from Marvin Gaye to Slipknot. Anyone and everyone we’ll listen to, good music is good music.
How long have you been playing together then?
Coming up to about 4 years now, and we’ve been writing songs for a few more years.
Have those old songs been brought forward or are you constantly writing new material?
It’s all new pretty much.
Have you got any plans for any releases?
Around February time we’re going to release an EP, which has got ‘Something Inside’ on, the single that came out the other month. Apart from that, hopefully we’ll do a full band tour, that’ll be good.
Any plans for an album after that?
We’re currently writing an album. We’re in the period right now of doing it.
How complete would you say it is?
Out of 100%? I’d say 5%! We’ve just started working with certain producers and writing.
Any festivals on the cards too?
Hopefully as many as we can yeah. It’s all up in the air, I just hope so. Hopefully we’ll just get to play loads. Everything just gets planned like a month or so in advance right now for us. It’s quite exciting because you don’t know what’s round the corner!