Fox Hole Kingdom is more than just another band hitting the music scene – they’re on a mission.
They want to speak into the lives of their fans. Forget pointless lyrics with no meaning or substance – FHK pours heart and soul into each and every word you hear. Nathan and Mykol, the two songwriters for FHK, speak out with passion about what they seek in life and what they plan to do with what we’re given.
They’re ready to set the example. FHK is going to put out killer shows and still remember what happened the next morning. Living the “rock star life” sounds great, but FHK wants to set the example for our youth and young adults across the country. Here is a quick interview with the TRS 247 Radio Valentine's Day 2014 most romantic contest winners:
How long have you and all your band members been active in the music industry?
We have been active in the music industry for many years. Most of us have at least 5-10 years of experience on our instruments (in addition to the other instruments we play). Nathan, our bass player, has been active in piano and vocals for close to 20 years. In addition to playing for our local churches weekly, we have also played in various bands around the Hampton Roads area since our high school days.
When did you form the band and how did you come up with the name Fox Hole Kingdom?
Fox Hole Kingdom was formed in March 2013. The original crew all came from our hometown church and decided that we wanted to play music around Hampton Roads in addition to our continued support as church band members. Carson, our drummer, has a notepad of names/lyrics/band ideas that he keeps with him at all times in case sudden inspiration arises. One day while he was busy practicing, the name “Fox Hole Kingdom” hit him like a ton of bricks. He wrote it down, presented it to the band, and it stuck. “The Kingdom” (as we affectionately refer to it sometimes) was born.
How often and for how long do you practice?
We practice at least once per week as a band in addition to our performances and individual practicing at home. Usually, we meet up on Sundays for at least 2 to 3 hours to work on business strategies, new song ideas, and to practice for upcoming shows. We spend tireless hours at home perfecting everything before coming together to work out any last kinks.
What skills/personal attributes are most important to being successful?
There are so many it’s hard to nail down just a few! Our top three would definitely be:
Hard work. We are willing to go above and beyond the normal “call of duty” to ensure that our songs sound professional and perfect. Settling for less than your best is never good enough.
Drive. The will to succeed goes hand-in-hand with hard work. Drive gets you up early in the morning and keeps you going day after day because you have a goal in mind and nothing is going to stop you until you achieve it.
Instrumental/performance skill. Let’s face it, a band can have all the hard work and drive in the world, but if their music sucks, they probably won’t make it far. You have to practice your instrument tirelessly and become a pro at what you do because mediocre music and bad stage presence won’t cut it into today’s music industry.
How important is image?
Sorry to be cliché but “image is everything”. Band image is the key that relates our music to our fans. Our biggest goal in life is to honor our Lord Jesus Christ – we would be nothing without Him. People spend so much time focusing on creating a personality for their fans, but in truth, fans want to know who you are. We are who we are – what you see is what you get. We pour our hearts and souls into our lyrics, into our performances, into living upstanding lives on a daily basis. Get to know our music and you will get to know us.
What are your 2014 musical goals?
2014 will be a very exciting and busy year for us! We plan on releasing our first EP in May and a professional music video for our single “Come Home” in the summer. We have quite a few shows on the horizon in the next few months and are ready to begin pursuing radio play both online and on college radio. By the end of 2014, we hope to have at least three full music videos and ten original tracks in our arsenal. We are lucky to have family, friends, and plenty of fans to help us meet these goals. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today!
How has social media helped your career?
Social media has been our lifeblood! The only reason you are hearing from us now is because of contacts made with TRS 247 Radio via Twitter. We have hundreds of followers on Twitter and Instagram in addition to hundreds of Facebook fans. We are able to spread news and pictures of our shows and music releases in advance using ReverbNation. We would be very crippled in our endeavors without social media’s strength and reach. You have millions of possible fans waiting to hear your stuff, give them what they want!
What is the best piece of advice that you can give another Indie Artist?
Keep on keeping on. It’s very frustrating sometimes when things don’t go your way and you don’t have the support of a label to manage the band / book shows / get studio time… There’s tons of work to be done, but stay true to your music and to yourself. Hard work, drive, and practice will pay off eventually.
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