Hailing from Vienna, Austria, Thomas King started playing drums at the precocious age of four, and first took to the stage at age nine. During his formative years, Thomas toured with a couple bands, acted on stage and television, and honed his performance skills to adopt the vivacious stage presence he brings to every show. Ready to elevate his art to the higher level, Thomas set out for Los Angeles, but made an unexpected detour on the way and serendipitously found the Kingtom.
A kingdom in space, the Kingtom consists of seven celestial bodies, all gravitating towards The Great Uniting Star - LOVE. The planets are each founded on a specific principal, including FREEDOM, EXCITEMENT, BEAUTY, PASSION, JOY and PEACE. Since adopting the teachings from the Kingtom, Thomas has seamlessly incorporated his knowledge to create a unique brand of infectious pop music.
With his current EP ‘High On Life’, and a tour following the release, Thomas King is about to abduct the music scene and probe it with an array of danceable grooves, catchy melodies, and funky beats. He has recently been named one of the 'Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of 2010' by Music Connection Magazine.
How do you describe your music to people?
I call it HIGH-ENERGY POP, a blend of catchy pop tunes with a strong, dancy, groove and a rock edge. David Bowie meets Billy Idol, with a little Lady Gaga on top.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I am originally from Vienna, Austria, where I got into show biz at the age of 9. I was a child actor in the national theater. I also picked up the drums at a very young age. One of those plastic Mickey Mouse drums you can bang on. I guess I got my musical genes from my mum. Can't be my dad. He's a business person. However, playing drums got too boring after a while. I wanted to be the center of attention, meaning the lead singer. So I started to sing in an Austrian cover band when I was 14. Eventually, I ended up in Los Angeles, where I am now, infusing the music scene with high-energy pop music!
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing in the world is to be on stage with my band and entertain my audiences. When the beat fires up, I'm in the zone, singing, dancing, and enjoying the interaction with people. It's like an explosion of passion, excitement, self-expression, and love. That's what I live for.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
I'm a solo artist, but I can't do it all myself. "Every King needs a court", which means a team, and it is sometimes quite challenging to keep everybody happy and on the same page. At the same time, I am fortunate to be surrounded by supportive, respectful, and loving people, from my parents and friends, to my band and professional team!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
As I child I was always very well mannered and nice. I wanted to break out. Be the king of my own universe. Create a world with no limitations. Where I can enjoy freedom, excitement, passion, beauty, joy, peace, and love. This is exactly what I have been creating with my artist persona Thomas King. I found my own kingdom, the KINGTOM. It is a kingdom in space and consists of seven celestial bodies, each founded on a specific principal, and all gravitating towards The Great Uniting Star - LOVE.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I have been doing music and entertainment all my life, and I am fortunate that my parents have always supported me 100%. Growing up in Austria was beautiful, but in terms of Austrian mentality, it always felt too slow, reserved, and narrow-minded for me. Moreover, Austria has a huge classical music market, but in the field of contemporary music there is not a lot going on. This is why I came to the U.S. where I found an environment of excitement and outgoing people, which greatly supports what I am doing. And for me, here is also the environment where everything is possible.
What other artists out there do you love?
My two big role models are Michael Jackson and Prince. Their musicality and stage presence is just something else! I also have great respect for Lady Gaga. When people see me perform they often compare me to David Bowie and Billy Idol. David Bowie probably because I'm a very visual performer, and Billy Idol for my raw, high-energy stage presence.
What does your future hold?
My future is all about sharing the passion and love that I have for music and entertainment with big audiences all around the world. Just like I am singing in my song "The King Lives On". That's my mission, and I hope many people who read this interview, listen to my records, and come out to my shows will join me on this exciting ride.