KingstonToLA recently caught up with homegrown Cali band Common Kings! Currently on tour with Matisyahu, the band collaborated with the reggae singer on their single "Broken Crowns" which has become one of this year's feel good rockers. Read more about life on tour with Common Kings here on KingstonToLA.
KNG2LA: The new single with Matisyahu is titled "Broken Crowns." What is the meaning behind this title?
Common Kings: All together as a group we are the Common Kings, and then there's his big hit "King Without a Crown," so it was a play on words. As the song evolved, it took a turn into a more introspective vibe and feel. The idea that everyone has something broken about them. We are all royal, yet we are not perfect.
KNG2LA: This makes sense; this has been a rough year for a lot of people. So, how did you come up with the name Common Kings?
Common Kings: That is a tribute to our heritage. Being from Polynesia, Figi, Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii there are monarchies and high chiefs - this is our culture. So, it's a very rich heritage when it comes to royalty. However, here in the states, we are just common people. So, it's a reflection on the idea that we are common people, yet have a rich heritage. So, that's how you get Common Kings.
KNG2LA: What is the best part about being on tour?
Common Kings: (Junyer) Meeting new fans; on this tour with Matisyahu, we are fortunate to get to know his fans that now have become fans of ours. For me, that is the best part. Getting to perform for new audiences and crowds and then get to see the reaction of the people to our music. They are in it, immediately with us - and that is a special feeling and experience.
KNG2LA: What do you like least about touring?
CK: Being away from our families, that is one of the things that we like least - but it is something we have to do. There is a goal in mind when being on the road. That is to provide for our families, that's the reason we tour. It's kind of bittersweet.
KNG2LA: What are some tour essentials?
CK: (Laughter) Clean underwear, clean socks, and a toothbrush.
KNG2LA: How has the response been to your most recent album, Lost in Paradise?
Common Kings: It has been great so far! I think people are also still getting exposed to us via this tour and such - people are discovering us and falling in love with our sound.
KNG2LA: What was it like working with Supa Dups?
Common Kings: Supa Dups is like our long-lost brother. For one, he is an amazing producer doing amazing things right now; but just as a person, we get along. We worked with him, and also have had the privilege of working with Don Corleone. On our last single, "Cali Girls" we worked with Don. We also have a couple more singles coming with him as well.
KNG2LA: What can you tell the fans in Los Angeles to look forward too?
Common Kings: Our family in So-Cal, they already know what kind of show we put on. The new show, we have not performed for our fans in Southern Cali; so they are in for a treat. We are playing four new songs that we have not released - which we have not done before on stage. So, I know the crowd will be in for a treat.
Catch Common Kings LIVE in concert with Matisyahu at The House of Blues in Anaheim on Friday November 17. Click HERE for tickets.
Featured image by Shawn Hallman