Exclusive Interview: Sullivan King [VIDEO]

Exclusive Interview: Sullivan King [VIDEO]

Sitting down with the dubstep metal masher Sullivan King
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The guitarist and DJ Sullivan King has been working hard inside the studio. In addition to gigs, film production and scoring, his wedding in three weeks, and pretty much “just everything music” his new single with Riot Ten “F*ck It” has been charting Beatport and reached the #1 track just a week ago. This metal dubstep mash up has been noted by many people, but the videos of his riffs and chops are what caught my eye, so I had the opportunity to ask Sullivan King a few questions on his background and some of his goals in the music industry, but first, check out this sweet video of Sullivan King playing at Avalon!

Why the name Sullivan King?

A: Sullivan King came about because when I first got in to producing it was more on the electro 128 kind of stuff, a little bit on the Nero side you know Wolfgang Gartner you know back in the day 2011/2012 Knife Party and there wasn’t really a lot of instrumentalization at the time. Not really a lot of rock was being implemented, there was Bloody Beetroots, stuff like that obviously, but for the most part it was kind of a dying art and I wanted to have something that was sort of an homage to my metal background so Sullivan came from Jimmy “The Rev“ Sullivan who was the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold who passed away in 2009 and King came from a band called Redlight King which was just another big rock inspiration for me growing up so that’s kind of where it came from was before I started doing the whole metal guitar aspect of producing.

Did you start playing guitar before you started producing electronic music, what came about first?

A: Guitar definitely came about first; guitar was when I was 11. I was sort of bored and at home a lot and my mom either wanted me to play a sport or do something and I wasn’t really interested in going outside. It just kind of came from that need to do something extracurricular and just kind of say “ahh I’ll play guitar” so that’s kind of how that started, and just fell in love with it. It was something I enjoyed doing and I thought I could get good at. I was pretty shit obviously at the beginning, but it was something I wanted to do first and then production came about when my brother had FL studio on a laptop you know messed around on that when I was 16, that wasn’t anything special to me, it was kind of hitting buttons and being like “hey what does this do?” and production really came about when I decided to go to Icon in 2012

When did you go to Icon? With Jauz, Kayzo?

A: When I went, Kayzo had just graduated as did Protohype and SNBRN, then Jauz came just after that. I did my second semester when Sam [Jauz] started his first, yeah that’s basically the alumni that went there. Icon was awesome, you know, it’s what jump started my production, I owe them a lot.

With guitar, are you self-taught or did you ever take any lessons?

A: I took some lessons back when I first started. My teacher was in a punk band called The Briggs. He was my guitar teacher at the very beginning. He was really great because the lessons I got from him were the very fundamental basics that I wanted to learn, it wasn’t all the theory and sh*t that I didn’t want to learn like the background noise and not how to play a Nervana song. After that it was kind of getting my chops in order and then I was able to go and pretty much teach myself after that. So everything after about 13 was self-taught, yeah.

What kind of guitar do you use?

A: I play a Shecter and I’m actually endorsed by them and they’re a f*cking awesome company. The other company is Livid Instruments that makes the little button controller thing, it is a little jerry rigged because when I play live it would fall off so I just took a bunch of screws and screwed it in to the body of all my guitars and so the buttons are a MIDI controller that controls my whole guitar rig. So instead of using the pedal on the floor that most guitar players have to change the sound of the guitar, I have it all right there at my fingertips while I’m playing or when I’m playing live I can be totally wireless and I don’t need any of that stuff or to DJ I don’t have to be like “Oh sh*t, I have to go run over and stomp my distortion."

What are three songs or bands that you remember from your childhood that you loved listening to or always had the song on repeat?

A: Songs on repeat, hmmm, Avenged Sevenfold’s entire self-titled album. That record is a masterpiece. Me “I loved 'Inside the fire'”- *facepalm* My confusion between Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed lol. Sully- “Oh same, that was my dad’s ringtone actually, and I still have down with the sickness actually as mine. But Disturbed actually, that song “Inside the fire” was a huge one and actually that whole record for me actually was a huge record for me and Dan Donegan, the guitarist from Disturbed, is one of the most underrated guitar players on the planet, that guy has riff chops that really don’t compete or at least very few people can compete with his skill and how he writes it and he’s just super groovy. I think that honestly Disturbed was really big, Avenged Sevenfold was massive for me as a gateway to metal kind of band. A lot of the earlier Escape the Fate stuff and this was when I was like 14 to 16 and thought “oh being a guitarist is cool, I want to do that.” If I had to go with three songs it would me Critical Acclaim- Avenged Sevenfold, Inside the fire- Disturbed, and probably Poundcake- Van Halen.

Have you broken any guitars? If so, how many?

A: Yep, I smashed a guitar in a music video for a friend of mine and it was an old guitar from an old band called Confide that I bought off the guitarist when they broke up. It was a really nice guitar, but I found this old TV on the side of the road and said “yo, let’s get drunk and smash the f*ck out of this TV with this guitar and they were like ‘down’. Actually I have it hung up on my wall right now in three pieces.

What was your initial reaction when Excision gave you props or when one of your mixes was noted in the top 7 of Metallica’s favorites of all time?

A: Yeah so Billboard put the remix in the 7 best of all time of Metallica remixes, and I can’t imagine there’s all that many, but it’s definitely a f*ckin awesome accolade. So my reaction was..; I don’t know I was kind of dumbfounded, not only that, but it was the first on the list, and it was there with Glitch Mob, and Pendulum, and Bassnectar and so it was just a humbling acknowledgment of the work that I’ve been putting in in order to give metal what it truly deserves and I feel like is warranted and maybe doesn’t always get, so that’s really what it was, it was kind of just a great accomplishment to what I know Whyel and I, the other guys on the track, wanted. What we tried to do with that was to take something that deserved to be pushed in to that audience, the EDM realm, because it’s Metallica you know? We are in the world of Marshmello and that’s totally cool and that’s what people like right now, but really as die hard metal fans we wanted to see that this community got to experience what we experience and what we love. It was really a great acknowledgment for that.

You want to see that Excision Video right?


“F*ck It” is #1 on Beatport dubstep, obviously that is very cool, can you tell me a little bit more about it?

A: That tune is so special to me, because not only is it doing as well as it’s doing, it’s getting the support that it’s getting, and it was something that Chris [Riot Ten] sent to me and said “I had this drop idea” and I said “Okay, I’m just going to riff around it and kind of play around with the drop a little bit”, and we did that tune in probably about 8 hours and it was done. So I didn’t go back and do any remastering or anything, and it was done. So we sent it around to a bunch of people and everyone just really f*cked with it and they were like “okay sick” and sent it over to some guys at Rotten and the Excision team and they put it out. You know it’s just a very simple track and straight forward to the point, and it does what I feel like we really wanted to set out and do and it was really easy to make because of that.

In the second verse you say “What a time to be alive," I think this to be true, Why do you say that?

A: First off I didn’t think that was a Drake album because I don’t f*cking listen to Drake hahaha. But the reason I say “what a time to be alive” is because as I’m writing this track and putting it around this dubstep sh*t and was putting this metal in and just thought “what a f*cking time to be alive that we are making this dubstep tune and putting this metal and throwing this breakdown in the middle of something that people are either gonna love or their going to f*cking hate. I just felt like it was a satirical kind of funny thing to say of something that was just like (a cheery) “Hey! What a time to be alive dubstep and metal f*ck you purists." The videos when I post them I’ll see comments like “Yo, f*ck that metal shit, but the dubstep is tight as f*ck” or “I love the metal breakdown, but when it goes to that techno sh*t it loses me." It’s kind of just this funny little thing that’s occurring right now in music that no one knows what the f*cks happening and either you’re just going to try whatever happens happens, just do what you want or wait for something cool to happen and jump on it, So I think it’s just a fun f*ckin time man.

What would be an ideal collab for you?

A: I really like working with bands, I think it’s really fun working with multiple people and when two people that are in totally different worlds work together. So I would love to work with Issues, which is a band that is really incredible and a talented group of dudes and I think it would be really cool to work with. As far as a track I would be working on with someone, I feel like me and Snails would make some really disgusting grimy punk as f*ck babies. That would be a big one, I would love to work with Fred [Snails]. He would be dope to work with.

What do you have looking forward to in the future?

A: 2017, a lot of collabs, some really really tight ones. I still have a lot of sh*t with Riot Ten that is going to be coming out, I’ve got this Dirty Phonics collab we just started that is already just rouuuuugghhh f*ckin weed wacker f*ckin slice your face off kind of tune so that’s really dope. And then a couple other ones I can’t fully disclose yet cause they’re just not super top secret, but when the time is right to unleash them.

What advice do you have on exploiting your passions, and striving for excellence in “your category”?

A: For doing what you love and following that, It’s funny, I’m actually going through that right now with a really good friend of mine. She lives in Iowa and she’s been trying to move out here to LA to get in to the music industry, and she’s kind of going through that right now, (she says) “I don’t know what to do” and it’s really just you have to figure out what you want to have in life and you have to figure out what you’re going to do to get there and who you have to be. So it’s a lot of knowing what your goals are because it’s the not knowing that puts fear there and makes you not want to do what you know is going to make you happy. So just figure out what it is, and know what you want to have, and know what you want to do, and from there it’s just putting the stepping stones there and figuring out what those steps are going to be. In my case it was me saying, for Sullivan King, I didn’t know what my music career was going to take to get to where I am and I didn’t know what sort of genre I wanted to do, but I knew what I wanted to hear, and I knew what I wanted to aim for and have an impact on people. I knew I wanted to hear metal and dubstep and bass music come together and I knew that I couldn’t just go on SoundCloud and hear that because it wasn’t apparent, it wasn’t a thing, it wasn’t just this obvious thing that existed, so I made it. I just made what I wanted to hear, so I like to sit and listen to my own music because I don’t hear it anywhere else. I mean now I do, you’ve got people like PhaseOne and Riot Ten and people that are putting it all together and stuff. You really just gotta figure out what you want and if it’s not there, put it there.

If you haven’t heard Sullivan King's new track “F*ck It”, be sure to check it out on SoundCloud (link) and also check out this video I made of Black Tiger Sex Machine featuring the track because it's such a cool song. Additionally, Sullivan King and Riot Ten’s new track “Hit The Floor” is out on SoundCloud and Facebook now, check it out here.


BTSM featuring "F*ck It"

*Honestly hit the recommended "video stabilization settings" on YouTube and it jacked with the vid*



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50 Quotes from the Best Vines

If you're picturing the vines in your head, you're doing it right
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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

4. "Happy Crimus...." "It's crismun..." "Merry crisis" "Merry chrysler"

5. "...Hi Welcome to Chili's"

6. "HoW dO yOu kNoW wHaT's gOoD fOr mE?" "THAT'S MY OPINIONNN!!!.."

7."Welcome to Bible Study. We're all children of Jesus... Kumbaya my looordd"

8. Hi my name's Trey, I have a basketball game tomorrow. Well I'm a point guard, I got shoe game..."

9. "It's a avocadooo...thanks"

10. "Yo how much money do you have?" "69 cents" "AYE you know what that means?" "I don't have enough money for chicken nuggets"

11. "Hurricane Katrina? More like Hurricane Tortilla."

12. "Hey Tara you want some?" "This b*%th empty. YEET!"

13. "Get to Del Taco. They got a new thing called Freesha-- Free-- Freeshavaca do"

14. "Mothertrucker dude that hurt like a buttcheek on a stick"

15. "Two brooss chillin in a hot tub 5 feet apart cuz they're not gay"

16. "Jared can you read number 23 for the class?" "No I cannot.... What up I'm Jared, I'm 19 and I never f#@%in learned how to read."

17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

22. "How'd you get these bumps? ya got eggzma?" "I got what?" "You got eggzma?"

23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

26. "Say Coloradoo" "I'M A GIRAFFE!!"

27. "How much did you pay for that taco?" Aight yo you know this boys got his free tacoo"

28. *Birds chirping* "Tweekle Tweekle"

29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


35. "Hey did you happen to go to class last week?" "I have never missed a class"

36. "Go ahead and introduce yourselves" "My name is Michael with a B and I've been afraid of insects my entire-" "Stop, stop, stop. Where?" "Hmm?" "Where's the B?" "There's a bee?"

37. "There's only one thing worse than a rapist...Boom" "A child" "No"

38. "Later mom. What's up me and my boys are going to see Uncle Kracker...GIVE ME MY HAT BACK JORDAN! DO YOU WANNA SEE UNCLE KRACKER OR NO?


39. "Dad look, it's the good kush." This is the dollar store, how good can it be?"

40. "Zach stop...Zach stop...You're gonna get in trouble. Zach"

41. "CHRIS! Is that a weed? "No this is a crayon-" I'm calling the police" *puts 911 into microwave* "911 what's your emergency"

42. "WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? "

43. *Blowing vape on table* * cameraman blows it away* "ADAM"

44. "Would you like the spider in your hand?" "Yea" "Say please" "Please" *puts spider in hand* *screams*

45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

46. *girl blows vape* "...WoW"

47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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The Queen Of Soul Leaves A Story To Tell And A Voice That Cannot Be Replicated

Aretha Franklin may have passed on, but her legacy will live forever.

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On March 25, 1942, Aretha Franklin was born. The daughter of a well-known and highly respected Baptist Minister and Gospel singer from Memphis, Tennessee would soon move to Detroit, Michigan, where Aretha would meet lifelong friends and musical contributors.

Aretha Franklin was engulfed in music from the day she was born and, by the middle of the 1950s, Aretha had learned to play piano and began singing alongside her sisters in the church choir. It was during this time that Franklin first met strong, historical figures, such as Clara Ward, Smokey Robinson, and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson. These are notable family friends that would stand by Aretha's side many times in the future.

Like many people finding themselves in the spotlight, there is more to Aretha Franklin's story than what is put in the tabloids. There are deeper events in her timeline that contribute to her emotion-filled voice. At the small age of six, Aretha endured her mother's leaving of the family and death four years later.

Aretha began a family of her own at the age of 12. In 1956, Clarence, Franklin's first son was born. Two years after, Aretha gave birth to her son Edward.

In the years that make up the start of the Franklin Clan, Aretha Franklin signed to Columbia Records and moved to New York. Moderate success would be found in the next five years of her music career. In 1961, Aretha Franklin was married and conceived her third child, Teddy Jr., with her newly-wedded husband.

While moderate success is admirable, Aretha signed with Atlantic Records and, in 1967, released an album "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" with a hit track of the same name giving Aretha Franklin her first Top 10 hit.

Following the great success of her 1967 album, Aretha moved on to release other critically acclaimed hit songs, including, "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Chain Of Fools" and more, earning her several Grammy awards and the cover of Time Magazine, where her nickname, The Queen Of Soul, was born.

To the outside world, Aretha Franklin was constantly moving up, but, behind closed doors, Aretha's personal life was struggling. Ms. Franklin has a history of arrests for disorderly conduct and reckless driving. She had also developed an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Franklin divorced her abusive husband, Ted White, and allowed the experience to serve as inspiration in the studio. Aretha was married and gave birth to her fourth son, Kecalf, in the 1970s. The relationship would end in 1984.

Along with her growing popularity as a singer, Aretha Franklin became a symbol of pride for many black Americans during the climax of the Civil Rights Movement. Many women, also looked to Aretha as a strong black woman that is living proof of what Black Women can be.

Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1987, becoming the first women to ever be listed.

As times changed and music continued to redefine itself, it became difficult for a soul-gospel singer to stay in the spotlight. Nevertheless, Aretha Franklin always found a way to release a hit that transcended the ever-changing boundaries of music. With collaborations, covers, an autobiography, and The Presidential Medal Of Freedom awarded in 2005, Aretha Franklin never left the minds of all who cared to listen and pay attention. She continued to inspire multiple generations and give breath-taking performances that reminded the world why she was, indeed, The Queen Of Soul.

Aretha Franklin spoke to hearts around the world with the utter of one subtle note. Her ability to stay relevant, no matter the age group, amazed but did not surprise. The world knew she was one of a kind. The world knew there was only one Aretha. Through the years, Ms. Franklin never altered to fit in and never strayed away from the type of music she wanted to produce for the happiness of others. Her name alone is a cause for celebration. The amount of records she holds is mind-boggling. Her music narrated, not only her personal endeavors but the lives of people worldwide. A personal connection can be made when listening to any of her songs. Aretha Franklin is a standing ovation within herself.

Little did the outside world know, Ms. Franklin had been battling illness for years, behind-the-scenes. Although occasional rumors would ring of her health, Aretha dodged all questions and killed all concerns with poise and a brilliant smile. She did not want the world to know of her health issues, no matter how small. A longtime friend of Aretha Franklin told People Magazine, "She has been ill for a long time, She did not want people to know and she didn't make it public." Word spread of a battle between Aretha Franklin and Pancreatic Cancer for many years, although, of course, no confirmation or details were given on the matter.

It started to become hard to hide the ailing condition of The Queen once shows frequently began to be canceled, due to doctors orders. Aretha had announced in February of 2017 that she would be retiring from music, but may take the stage at select events. Franklin was true to her word and returned to the stage in August of 2017 and at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Enduring Vision benefit gala in November of the same year. Fans became highly concerned by the more than noticeable shift in Aretha Franklin's appearance.

A close friend of the phenomenal singer told TMZ, "she could go at any time," and mentioned that she was down 85 lbs. This information was given two weeks ago. Unfortunately, better updates did not follow.

On the morning of Thursday, August 16, 2018, The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin passed away. She leaves behind her soul-touching music, a record of more than 20 chart-topping R&B; hits and 18 Grammy wins, and anthems that will live for ages. She is survived by her four sons.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and, while the physical body that is Aretha Franklin has moved on to Glory, the teachings and inspirations of her soul shall live forever. Like many idols before her, it is indeed hard to say goodbye, but let us be grateful for the time we had to witness the greatness that is Aretha Louise Franklin. May she rest in sound peace.

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