The King of Mars (TKOM) formed in 2015 as a traditional four-piece rock band and has since evolved into a larger group with synths, auxiliary percussion, and a horn section. Their sound shakes the foundation of traditional rock music by encompassing Jazz, Funk, and Soul musicality alongside insightful lyricism.

TKOM consistently performs at many popular Chicago venues. In 2017, they ventured off and successfully completed their first tour where TKOM gained fans along the East Coast and throughout the South and Midwest. In the summer of 2018, they will release two singles followed by the release of their 2nd EP in the fall.

How would you describe your music?

If you ever wondered what a sonic baby between Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers with a horn section would sound like, then look no further! We try to find a balance between showing our musician chops and writing catchy songs that anyone can relate to.

Tell us about how the history of the project?

This band started out in 2015 as a traditional four-piece rock band. Since then, we’ve added horns, keyboards, percussion and three-part vocal harmonies. We’ve branched away from traditional rock and added more funk and hip-hop elements to the music.

What are you influences/ musical heroes?

Some of my biggest influences are Stevie Wonder, Father John Misty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead.

What inspires you?

I use songwriting as an emotional outlet so I draw on real life trials and tribulations for inspiration.

Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?

We prefer to write in the studio. It’s a more relaxed environment than the road so it gives us a better space to flesh out our ideas.

What is your favourite song to perform live?

Right now my favourite song to play live is a tune off our first EP, Cookie Cutter Dreams, called “Ants at a Picnic”. It’s one of our funkier songs and always gets the crowd dancing.

What would be your dream tour to be a part of?

I would love to go on the road with either Father John Misty or Stevie Wonder. Both of them are big role models for me so being able to share the stage with them would be the sickest thing.

What are you current thoughts on the music industry?

The music industry is changing faster now more than ever. We try our best to keep up with the modern trends. It seems that streaming sites like Spotify and Apple Music are becoming the most popular way to listen to music so we’re trying to send our fans to those sites.

What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?

At one of our shows in Knoxville, we played a cover of the Black Sabbath song, “War Pigs”. One of the guys in the audience loved it so much he wanted us to play it again. After every song we played, he’d start screaming “War Pigs!” Eventually his girlfriend dragged him out of the venue because she couldn’t take his screaming.

What are your future plans?

Our second EP, Bleach and Aspirin, is being released at the end of October. We have our album release show at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago, IL on October 28th. Then we’ll look to go on the road playing shows around the major midwestern cities.

About The Author

Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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