Summerfest Sessions: Kingsfoil
Hailing from central Pennsylvania, Kingsfoil are Jordan Davis (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Tristan Martin (Backing Vocals, Guitar), Tim Warren (Bass), and Frankie Muniz (Drums). Starting in 2007, Kingsfoil released the EP, “Bear in the Attic” and in 2010 they released their full length album, “On Our Own Together.” They are currently gearing up to release their new record which should see a release later this year. The band has gone through a few rhythm section line up changes but kept the two founding members Tristan and Jordan at the helm. Their newest member and former actor Frankie Muniz is a welcome addition to the band and their interview gave the impression that these guys have been old friends for years. Without committing themselves to a particular genre, Kingsfoil describes their sound as pop rock but always comes from a place of song composition that can resonate with audiences and allow them to have fun.
For the session we used a selection of Sennheiser microphones. For the vocals we used the Sennheiser e935, and for the acoustic guitars we used the e914 microphones. All of the microphones were running into the Presonus StudioLive 24.4.2 FireWire interface and live sound mixer. The StudioLive was then routed to Pro Tools 10 via a single FireWire cable. Within Pro Tools 10 we used their extensive sets of plug ins but generally stuck to their phenomenal reverb plug ins to bring out the sounds of the acoustic guitars and vocals.
After the session I sat down with Kingsfoil to talk about Summerfest and their thoughts on Taylor Guitars and Sennheiser gear.
What are you guys doing in Milwaukee?
Jordan: We are playing Summerfest. We just finished actually earlier this afternoon, it was fun.
Frankie: I think it went great. You never know what to expect. By the end I’d say there were a couple hundred people there and they were into it. Afterwards they rushed over to our merch booth and took lots of pictures. I think it was pretty good I think we definitely consider it a successful show and we had fun.
So how has the tour been going?
Jordan: Yeah actually this is our third show and definitely one of the most fun so far and it’s going great. Every show has been cool so far and we’ve got a lot to go.
So how important is a festival like Summerfest for up and coming artists?
Frankie: I think it’s extremely important for bands to play shows on a big stage. There are a lot of people walking by who like what they hear, and become fans. The opportunity to play Summerfest, no matter how far we had to drive, we were happy to make that drive. We met some other cool bands with some potential opportunities that we can all come together with there and all of that. Meet good people, play music, have fun.
Jordan: Yeah I think festivals are key. Last year we played this one and it was a blast This one I think was even better than last year. I feel like the people here really dig music and come out for the music so it’s fun.
Talk to me about your new record.
Jordan: Yeah we have a record out. It’s been out for awhile. It’s called, “On Our Own Together,” and then we have a brand new record coming out this Fall. We’re really excited about that so we’re kind of getting geared up for that. I guess with our last record, we spent a good amount of time working on stuff and trying different things, and that’s a lot of fun. But it’s also fun to just play a song and have some spontaneity, so that you can do a first take sort of thing. There can be some magic about that so that’s definitely a difference there.
How would you guys describe the sound of the band?
Jordan: I would say we’ve always been about writing a good song regardless of genre that can connect with people. That is the base of what we’re about and then making a cool arrangement like something Rock and Roll but something different and that’s unique.
So what do you guys think of the Mobile Studio?
Jordan: It’s awesome! I never would have thought we’d record on a bus.
What do you guys think about the Taylor Guitars?
Tristan: Just some beautiful instruments. I’d love to have some of these guitars. I have one at home, but these are pretty awesome.
Jordan: These are the cream of the crop right here. It definitely makes a difference to play something like this. It’s really great to play a guitar that’s this nice.
Tristan: It plays like a dream and it sounds as beautiful as it plays. I’ve had one for 8 years, since I was 14. That guitar is the only guitar I play.
Frankie: Jordan hadn’t played guitar until today and it even made him sound good [laughs], so that says a lot about how amazing the guitar is.
Tim: I’m not used to the low B. I don’t usually play a 5 string bass but I really enjoyed it.
Tristan: Tell Taylor they need to start making bass guitars.
Do you guys use Sennheiser gear on stage or in the studio?
Frankie: We do. We use the Sennheiser wireless guitar packs and some mics. Sennheiser has amazing stuff and we want to use the best.
Jordan: The Sennheiser mics sound the best vocally. Last year we got a couple of them and they sound really awesome. I like them a lot.
Frankie: Neuman like the U87 is a very nice vocal mic.
Tristan: We used it for our last record.
What do you guys value in a microphone?
Tristan: Something that has a clear tone but maybe adds something of its own. Finding the right mic for the application especially on vocals and maybe on the acoustic guitar really adds a lot.
Tim: Well you work so hard finding the right guitar tone or bass tone and then you find a microphone then say ok this is it. It’s not getting muddied and it’s not getting thinned out.
Jordan: You can kind of tell when you’re singing too. If you’re singing into a good mic it feels easier to sing, and that’s kind of what I look for and definitely Sennheiser provides that.
To find out more about Kingsfoil, check out their website: kingsfoil.com
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