Singled Out: King Complex's Made In America
B, the mastermind behind the brand new band King Complex, tells us about their forthcoming single "Made In America", which is set to be released this Friday, October 16th. Here is the story:
A younger version of myself would've been very keen on explaining the exact message I wanted to get across with a song or the specific events that inspired it. These days the idea of spelling out the intentions behind my lyrical content seems a bit dirty. I may write these songs but my views on what they mean changes from day to day so I don't feel qualified to say for sure what they're about. I think I've come to a place as both a producer and consumer where I would rather leave things open for interpretation. With that said, there are other aspects of my single that I'm more than happy to explore and expand upon.
I was excited for this song because it's unlike anything I had written before in a sonic or structural sense. The sonic progression of the song came about very naturally and in the moment. If I had taken the time to think it out and said to myself "Let's do a kind of indie acapella thing, then do a hip hop vibe, straight into a big rock chorus, and then a psychedelic fade out" I don't know that I would've bothered just because of how it sounds on paper. I really liked that it wasn't the lyrics that were constantly changing but rather the mood of the music underneath them. I was infatuated with the idea that identical lyrics could have a completely different effect depending on the musical context they're presented in. In hindsight that was something I really explored throughout the course of this album.
My recollection of the writing process for most of my new songs is a bit hazy to say the least, but if I remember correctly "Made In America" was written and demoed out within a day. The one clear memory I have of this one was when I was working on the intro in the living room of my old place. I knew I wanted to set the tone of the song immediately so I decided I was going to try screaming into the computer microphone to get a really distorted sound. Once all my roommates left I spent half an hour going between screaming into my laptop to laughing hysterically at the dog who was freaking out on the other side of the room.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about King Complex right here!