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A Dirty Dozen with DAVID ALEXANDER from CAROUSEL KINGS – July 2022

According to a recent press release: “Carousel Kings released their new single titled “Something in the Water” to all major platforms! The single is from their upcoming album titled Untitled Mixtape that was co-written, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio, in Lancaster, PA. Carousel Kings is the brainchild of lead vocalist and founder David Alexander and multi-instrumentalist Will Barovick. CK began its career in Lancaster, PA as a pop punk band circa 2008. CK has spent the last few years quietly writing and working on what will be their fifth studio album titled Untitled Mixtape to be released independently via their publisher and label partner Mother West. Recorded and written with longtime collaborators Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak at Atrium Audio in Lancaster, PA, the album consists of collaborations with artists Sunday Friend, Sadgods and AJ Perdomo, and features including Saxl Rose, Rory Rodrigez, and Paycheck. It’s an eclectic blend of punk and pop and takes CK into some new ground they have yet to explore. Untitled Mixtape is scheduled for early 2023 release.” We get David to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our newest record titled untitled mixtape is a collection of collab songs with a lot of different guest features throughout. We wrote the entire album with our producers Grant McFarland and Carson Slovak from Atrium Audio in Lititz, PA. The same team we did 3 of our other full lengths with: A Slice of Heaven (2012), Unity (2014), and Charm City (2017).

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I think both of our fathers taste in music is what initially jumpstarted both of our interests in the music we grew up on. I remember watching AC/DC live video of Angus shredding “Thunderstruck and decided then and there that was the coolest and most fun job anyone could have.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Will grew up up playing drums to all the Blink-182 albums and I grew up playing emo/punk music like Green Day. In the beginning I was really into the warped tour scene and I think that was really what molded who I am today.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Blink182, Jimmy Eat World, The Used, Animals As Leaders, and Plini.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

One of the shredders from Polyphia or Plini would be really cool. also a Don Broco collab would be really fun.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Energetic, upbeat, emotional , rock music with guitar solos and proficient playing! People have often said I look like Kellin Quinn or Vic Fuentes especially if my hair is long. I’m not sure about that.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The best part about being a musician is being able to create songs with your friends.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I would say Will would be the first one to whip out a guitar or any instrument and start enticing the group sing along! He and I both would be the ones ready to go get sushi at the drop of a dime. Our touring bass player Cody is the one who makes drinks for everyone.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I got star struck on the red carpet of the APMA’s when I was dressed up as a king and got to meet and shake the hand of John Feldman. I think he thought I was someone else or had no idea but that was a cool moment for me.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I would own a pizza shop venue that would pay its drivers really well lol.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I think I may have studied more of the business side of the music industry for comfort and foresight as opposed to sticking my head in the sand and crossing my fingers that no one will take advantage of me, and that everyone out there is my friend and won’t double cross me in the end. Sometimes though, the hardest lessons are the ones you have to learn by messing up.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would love to be a fly on the wall for the record recording of A Night At The Opera. I watched the Queen documentary last year and made me remember how much I loved that album. That CD was one of the first CDs my father gave me to for one of my birthdays growing up! What a classic.





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