What made you get into music?
I can’t remember. It’s something that’s always been there. I loved to sing as a toddler; I know that. Really what it comes down to is my need to perform and entertain. The defining moment was in 2011. It was my junior talent show. I told myself the reaction of the crowd would decide whether or not I peruse this. In the end I blew the crowd away with my performance of Ke$ha’s Tik Tok. The reactions where overwhelmingly positive. King Blandon was born.
Did you always have a team of supporters like family and friends when you decided you wanted to pursue it as a career?
My mom has always supported me financially. I can’t say I’ve always felt like people believed in me. At first it felt like they didn’t truly believe in me. My talent had to grow so I could prove there was something to believe in. Classmates in high school I thought believed in me. At least it seemed that way. Some even called me “King Blandon.” I created the name, but I do remember how special it felt to be called “King Blandon” for the first time. It was a kid named Evan Boydstun.
Who were some artists that you grew up listening to and who are artists you listen to now?
I’ve always loved Britney Spears. Growing up and now. Growing up I listened to whatever was put in front of me. Now if it’s top 40 I probably listen to it.
How would you describe your sound?
Upbeat music that breaks the rules. Ironically, I don’t usually follow musical rules. I know a lot about music theory and songwriting. I like to change things up. I change keys and use chord progressions in an uncommon/ unconventional way. It can make songwriting tricky at times. It’s ironic because I’m a goody two shoes.
What is your favorite song you’ve made so far? Why?
I like “Unstoppable” a lot because it’s very personable. It’s about me and how I feel about things. I write all my songs so I guess they’re all personable in some way. “Unstoppable” just does it in a different way. It’s 100% about me and nothing else.
What are some of the low points you’ve experienced as an artist today?
It’s just been hard getting recognition. I also go to school and can’t focus on what I really want all the time like if like to.
Have you been working on any new material for the new year?
Of course! Right now I’ve been working on a ballad. It’s my first ballad. It’s a sequel to “Apocalyptic.” The song’s melody has been described to me as opera sounding. It has a lot of movement in it. I’m going to have to summon my inner Christina Aguilera for it. It’ll be the first time I do so for one of my own songs.
How do you want to grow as an artist?
Ultimately I want my talent to grow to the point where I’m well respected and looked at as a great singer and/or songwriter.