From busking on the streets of Manchester to filling out festival tents in the Isle of Wight. King Kartel are definitely causing a stir in the music industry. Every release so far has been infectious, these lads were born to be in the spotlight. Libertines-esque hooks mixed with 80s post-pop, heart pounding beats, I can only imagine the riots they’re going to cause at their gigs. They’re playing their biggest headline show to date on the 6th of March at Manchester Academy. BE THERE.
What do you want our readers to know about King Kartel?
I want the readers to know King Kartel promote safe sex & offer demonstrations.
You played some really awesome festivals last year, how did that feel?
All the festivals we’ve been spoilt with have been unreal. We’ve been dreaming about playing the Isle of Wight for years so we were over the moon to get the chance. The whole weekend was even better than we imagined. Non stop good vibes the whole weekend, a packed tent for us and a 3 or 4 hour singalong at the Sky Arts tent. We thought we were going to die on the way home but it was well worth it.
What can we expect from the new music coming soon?
All sorts. The next one we’re releasing on 7th Feb is a 50’s style ballad. Then the new batch we’re working on are a random mix. There’s one with a big riff called ‘Get Gone’, an indie upbeat sing-along called ‘Holy Water’, one called ‘Sunshine Honey Blow’ which is pretty cool and different, an aggressive one called ‘Bury You’ with a bit of rapping. There’s a piano one called ‘Gimme Something’ and loads others we could do with finishing.
Who would you say are your musical influences?
Everything really from Elvis to indie, to rap to Irish and the odd old country track. Music I’m into at the minute and for a long time, range from Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Kaleo, LG, Sam Fender, Gerry Cinnamon, Trampolene, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Cage The Elephant, White Stripes, Catfish, Libertines.
What’s your dream venue to play?
In Manchester Albert Hall, then there’s loads of others throughout the country, Dublin the Olympia, the 3arena, Belfast Limelight, Custom House Square, London Dingwalls, Camden Roundhouse, Brixton Academy, Glasgow the Garage would be quality. I’ll stop now because there’s too many.
I love that you guys play on the streets of Manchester, do you get a good response from doing so?
Thank you. I love getting out and doing a bit. It goes down really well. Some days better than others and the weather plays a big part in it. Some days it’s freezing and the fingers are cramping up and feel like they’re gonna fall off but it’s all worth it. Even if we win over one or a few people each time. No ones gonna hear us if we’re sat in the house giving it the big chat.
Is there any bands or artists out there at the moment that you’re really into?
Gerry Cinnamon, Trampolene, Last Race Home, Cleargreen, Rats
What’s the best thing about being in a band?
Everything. Playing live, the drink ups, the road trips and nights out and the fact that it can be brilliant one second and in the gutter the next. Keeps it pretty exciting.
How excited are you all for the new single launch party?
Honestly can’t wait. The last one at the Academy was mental. This ones bigger too so I’m looking forward to the mayhem but dreading the aftermath. Fi says she gets a good laugh at how quiet our socials go for a few days after the mad ones haha!
What’s the favourite lyric you’ve wrote?
I was gonna go for one of the new ones with loads of swearing or one of the new songs but I’ll leave that as a surprise. In ‘Holy Water’ I managed to get ‘flick your bean’ in there hahaha but I think maybe keep it PG “Say hello to the sunshine, when in your head it’s raining”.
What do you all enjoy doing, away from music?
Joe loves watching city and going for his weekly prostate massage, Micky loves UFC he’s mad into that and moaning about how shit Arsenal are. Hilly loves sleeping and watching Liverpool or the Saints. Mo just likes winding everyone up and leaving empty packets of chocolate lying about but placed perfectly so someone is always caught out. I spend my time getting caught out falling for Mo’s chocolate bar tricks.
What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Sum yourself up in three words…
Upbeat, Undervalued, Unstoppable.
The band play Manchester Academy on the Friday 6th of March. Tickets are available here: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Club-Academy/King-Kartel—Manchester/13696272/