The true identity of MunchKing is unknown to the public.
Living in an animated universe, the MunchKing persona is a character based on his pet cat. The unknown producer compares himself to ‘Mickey Mouse playing Bass music’, determined to stay unmasked so that audiences can focus on the music, he has declared all gigs will be played anonymously. With his debut release rapidly gaining over 100,000 plays on YouTube, we caught up with MunchKing to discuss ‘Turn The Bass Up’.
T.H.E – How would you describe ‘Turn Up The Bass’ in 3 words?
MunchKing – Lit, Crazy, and Heavy.
T.H.E – What was the inspiration behind this track?
MunchKing – Both the inspiration behind this and my alias roll into one so I’ll answer them both on the next question!
T.H.E – Tell us more about ‘MunchKing’?
MunchKing – This is the first release by MunchKing, so this track actually symbolizes the birth of MunchKing. The music video also tells the story where MunchKing is born from an alien magic egg. When he is born, heavy bass shakes the world. After he came to this “real world”, however, he found that the people are lost in shadows. So he created an imaginary world. In the MunchKing World, he uses his music to inspire, heal and stimulate people’s creativity and their ability to sense happiness.
T.H.E – Who are your influences and can we hear any of them in this track?
MunchKing – Yeah sure! I think you can hear the likes of Skrillex, Getter, and Kayzo
You’ve had a huge reaction on YouTube for ‘Turn The Bass Up’, how does that feel?
MunchKing – It feels like a dream when there are so many people listening to my music and leaving good comments. I also got lots of support from people on the Internet who listened to my music and then became fans. And that feels great! Also big thanks to my talented animator “Zion Balance”, he’s really killing it! And thanks to everyone who supported me along the way! I really appreciate!
T.H.E – How did you learn to produce?
Before I started to make my original music, I was into electronic music and DJing A LOT. In college, my friend, Jesse aka. Kastilione, one of the best producers I know, showed me how to make beats on his tiny 11” laptop with his Apple EarPods… I was like “Holy shit this is so dope! I need to do this too!!” He then taught me some basic skills and that got me into production. I later watched thousands of YouTube tutorials that are relevant to my style. In the beginning, I was just messing around and until one point I suddenly made up my mind to be an artist and pursue music as a career. So I dropped out of USC and went to ICON Collective, which is the best music production school in the world. At ICON, I was really able to craft my skills, make lots of music and make like-minded friends.
T.H.E – Do you have any tips for budding producers?
- Spend more time on your music
- Surround yourself with people who share the same goals
- Be aware of your branding
- Make specific plans and follow along
- Collab with other artists and brands
T.H.E – What is your favourite part of the dance music industry?
MunchKing – It’s just the thing I love. I’m a hardcore raver myself. I would spend 3 days in Basspod until sunrise. I just want to bring that happiness to people and show the world something different.
T.H.E – What has been your favourite release in 2019 so far?
MunchKing – “Turn the Bass Up” is actually my first release. I just dropped my second song “Clout Overdose” last week. You guys can check it out here.
T.H.E – Who would be your dream collaboration?
MunchKing – Oh man, I would love to work with Skrillex!