Last week was very interesting, to say the least. A record snowstorm throughout most southern states kept many indoors from the wintery mix. On a good note, it gave HCM time to get in an interview with rising hip-hop artist KING CRIS. The artist gave us a brief backstory as to how his name came to be, as well as details of his most recent project. He also gave us a glimpse at his plans for upcoming projects and releases slated for the near future. Check out his interview below for more details.
HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
KING CRIS. When I was a kid, my mom would always remind me that my name, “Cristopher” was a king’s name. I used this as a way to see myself as more than just who I was to other people. Not to mention, this name also gave me to confidence to no longer be ashamed of the color of my skin or my culture so I could become the greatest version of myself I could be.
HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
KING CRIS. I feel like I was really born with it. I would always be playing on drum sets and keyboards as a kid. Even when I was a teen, I remember my parents always telling me I hum too much.
HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
KING CRIS.. These challenges not only affect me as an artist but as a person as well. I feel like I’m not a very patient person, not in an aggressive or ungrateful way, just eager to be able to do things that maybe I’m not ready for or don’t have the time and recourses to do something. I believe my greatest attribute would be my collaborative spirit. I love creating with people of all types of genres and backgrounds because it gives me an opportunity to challenge myself out of my comfort zone. The love of art has definitely made challenging myself much easier as the years have gone by.
HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
KING CRIS. Lately, I’ve been taking notes from artists like J. Cole, Cordae, Drake, and Logic for the most part. They all have this sense of nostalgic subject matter in their music that just makes me think of when times were simple. That’s what I’ve tried my best to emulate within people who hear my music, to feel nostalgic and feel someone relate to them through art.
HCM. On your current/upcoming album… How did you come up with the concept for this project?
KING CRIS. Well…this might give the name away, but I got the concept from two different times in my life. The first being a situation where I had left my parent’s house to live with my best friend for a few weeks. They were blowing my phone up and I remember getting voicemails from them around three in the morning. The second time was my first live performance in Los Angeles when I had first started making music. The performance from other artists lasted into the rest of the night and into the early morning and I remember looking at my car clock while driving back home. It was three in the morning…but more on that project will be coming soon in the next few months!
HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
KING CRIS. Inspired. I believe from the past works I’ve released, there’s definitely a message of positivity and overcoming tough times in life. My first project, titled “20K”, highlights the central message of personal development and rising above some of the insecurities that we might feel while growing up or when trying to succeed at something that not everyone is comfortable with. It would make my day to have listeners be inspired to take on life with strength and determination because of something I created from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate my supporters that feel that way as well!
HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
KING CRIS. First and foremost, finishing my upcoming project. I’ve made some adjustments as of recently, drafted some music video concepts for it, and reached out to the artists I’d like on the project. After that, I plan to scale my efforts to create a community of people that genuinely support my music for what it is to them and just continue to provide value to the people that appreciate the art that I create.
HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
KING CRIS. Mom, thank you for being on my back so much. And my dad, for just st being a stand-up man and not allowing me to slack off on the things that are important. Massive thank you to my partner in crime and producer Kavan Dignam, my brother across the pond! That’s my guy I wouldn’t even have “20K” if it wasn’t for him. And to Izaguirre, for giving me a place to share my music with someone free of judgment and hella creative talks. I appreciate that more than you know. All my supporters as well! They’re my tribe and I wouldn’t trade what I got for the world!
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