In the middle of their national tour with Katchafire, Jessie Ryan-Allen caught up with the Common Kings from California to talk about their eventful visit in Australia.
On their third visit to Australia, Common Kings stopped in at the Caloundra Music Festival as well as a bunch of national tour locations.
What struck me first about the band was their humble approach to their music and each other, while still being ambitious and driven.
Their music is a combination of soul, reggae and RnB, mixed with seamlessly pulling off Michael Jackson covers live. They dream of sharing the stage with artists such as Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Steve Wonder, and they are well on their way having already opened for artists such as Fergie.
Each member of the band has a rich cultural background from a range of Pacific Islands: Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Hawaii and they all grew up with music as a large part of their family life.
Although the Common Kings have only been together for two years they have accomplished a lot and now have a clear sense of where they are heading musically with the release of their Summer Anthems EP.
In that two short years, they’ve built an impressive resume with sold-out tours stopping in at Hawaii, Los Angeles, Guam, Tokyo and right here in Australia. They’ve had more than 7 million YouTube views of their independently produced hits, Alcoholic, Wade in Your Water, No Other Love and Fly.
Finishing up their tour on the Gold Coast, the Common Kings have plenty planned with shows in New Zealand and USA next. There are few bands that make you smile when they start playing and the Common Kings are one of them. The next generation in feel good music is here.