Kingsley


Formed in late 2007, this royal alternative to traditional rock and roll features heavy electronic melodies, danceable beats, and intense alternative vocals -- a combination that makes heads nod and feet move.

Comprised of Brandon Sweeney (vocals/guitars), Stephen Limbaugh (keyboards), Ian Schaeffer (bass), and the Italian-born Nadir Maraschin (drums), Kingsley has accomplished much in the time they have been together, including inking an indy-deal after being a band for only 5 months.

Kingsley signed a one-record deal and had a digital release of their debut album in June, 2008. Choices was recorded with producer Jeff Kanan whose engineering and production credits include: No Doubt, National Product, and Madonna.

In Nov. 2009, Kingsley partnered with Live Nation to release a DVD and live album of their concert at the famous Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles as part of Live Nation’s new partnership with Apple/iTunes.  Shortly after, Kingsley went back in the studio with Jeff Kanan to record a 14-song album, Digital Providence.



How do you describe your music to people, Stephen?
Honestly?  I just say we're kinda like a bunch of popular bands even though we sound nothing like the bands I mention.  People have to experience Kingsley for what it is and sometimes the best way to do that is to play on people's musical preferences.  It works cause when they look us up on YouTube and see us playing in front of a couple thousand people at the Wiltern Theater in LA, they take us seriously.  I could go into the exact specifics of musically what we are doing in our tunes, but that's a long convo.  I'm known for being a bit verbose, so I'll spare you.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
My personality is to know all of the rules so well that I can rationalize breaking any one of them at any time.  The arts are the only place you can do that and not get in trouble.  Music is what came most naturally.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sexy times... followed by composing music.  I actually like the act of composing more than I do live performance, though I love performing live.  It's just when I perform live I usually have these awful marks all over my forehead and face from smashing it against my keys. 

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Dealing with the government.  Whether it's because they won't shut down illegal downloading, or because you have to jump through a zillion hoops to incorporate/pay taxes/etc, it seems like they always get it wrong.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I thought I'd be a trumpet player in a symphony orchestra... then I realized that job sucked.  Rock was a natural alternative, and fit MUCH better with my live style.


In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I try to let the LA community impact my development as little as possible, because it really is a bubble here that is not representative of the rest of the country.  Now, I've become more business savvy here, but really, it's not a place that fosters or even indulges real artistic talent all that well.

What other artists out there do you love?
Right now, I'm on a classical kick again:  Tchaikovsky, Gorecki, Beethoven, and Greig.  Before that I was listening to a lot of MGMT, Justice, and Zeppelin.

What does your future hold?
Flying cars.  I'm tellin' you it's gonna happen!  I'm gonna own one someday.