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A Dirty Dozen with AVA KING – January 2024

| 28 January 2024 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Paris born-and-raised multi-hyphenate artist & producer Ava King processes her shadow work and personal growth throughout the writing of the record. King is the type of artist that builds a world from scratch with her work– each aspect of the album and showcase is meticulously formulated to fit within her vision. She has certainly got a buzz about her, gives a great interview (she’s incredibly eloquent and interesting), and would also do great for a fashion or style story. Ava King is the new breakout solo artist project from guitarist, pianist, bassist, singer, songwriter, and producer Aventurina King. Having spent a great deal of time and energy creating music tutorials and working on promoting body positivity, mental health and de-stigmatization of therapy and addiction issues, Ava has a newfound drive and focus towards her upcoming record, SEX MONEY GOD. Sonically echoing elements of alt-pop icons Lady Gaga, Charli XCX, and Gwen Stefani, Ava still relentlessly maintains a one-of-a-kind, edgy, punk sensibility.” We get Ava 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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

If you listen to the album a few times through, you might gather there’s a progression in the material – the character who sings the songs goes from being quite dark and egotistical to becoming progressively lighter and more surrendered. I’ve sprinkled some biblical references here and there throughout the album. For me the album is a reflection on false gods and how the goal is to progressively surrender our lives to the higher power that we have within ourselves.

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

I think it was while watching Singing in the Rain… I watched so many musicals growing up.

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

I honestly draw on everything. I love creating music as an exercise in learning how other songs were created.  For example, “Self Love” was my attempt at learning how the songs on Beyonce’s album Renaissance were made. But I also love old school Doo-Wop, as exhibited in “Pretty.”

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

Oh man, I do really love Dillon Francis’ production. He has so much humor in his music, which I love.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I honestly just like to lie in bed and listen to audiobooks. At the moment, I’m super into Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg.

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?

I describe my music as Quirky Pop. People have said my voice sounds like Britney Spears’. I really love Britney Spears, but I don’t know if my voice sounds like hers…

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

Well, as of now, I’m a one woman band – I do a lot of cooking. I love trying out new recipes from this series called Doctor’s Kitchen.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

When I was at Beyonce’s concert in China!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I think for me, the best part of being a musician is collecting all these weird sounds and making them into a song, and also just doing that Rubik’s Cube of figuring out how you want to express an idea. If I wasn’t a musician, my dream job… I think I would love to be a therapist or a mediator in war zones.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I’d love it if interviews asked me about my mental health journey – about how one builds self esteem and heals, learns what love is.  Hmmmm… the answer is LOTS of twelve step programs, and then lots of phone conversations crying with other women. I think I’m a little tired of answering the one about my influences. I honestly never quite know how to answer that one; My mind just always goes blank for some reason.

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?

Hmmmmm… I don’t think I would participate in that Chinese singing competition that I did. They deprived us of sleep for 3 days straight, conditions were pretty awful, and it made for some pretty embarrassing press about me (I tried to do a sexy dance number during my audition that really didn’t go over well).

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?

Oh man… I mean, I’m more fascinated with production than recordings, so I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the production sessions for “How I Roll” by Britney Spears and “Call Me Baby” by EXO. LOVE the grooves on those songs!

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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