Joining us for an interview is King in The Belly.

Hi, how are you?

I’m great thanks! Lots happening.

So, how did the band form?

We got together about 3 years ago. Initially just for fun, playing at parties and bars around our town. Then we were invited to an original music event in Sao Paulo. At that stage, we had 2 original songs (one was pretty ordinary) so we had to write 5 or 6 songs in a week. We managed to do it and played a great gig. That really gave us a lot of confidence, so I kind of see that as the moment the band really started.

How did ‘Better Sleep with The Lights On’ come about?

The song is pretty dark. The lyrics look at how fear is essentially being used to isolate people from one another. Whether it’s governments, the media or people themselves. We tried to make the music as tense as possible to reflect the intensity of the lyrics.

What were the challenges of making ‘Better Sleep with The Lights On’?

There weren’t so many “challenges” as such, but we took a lot longer to finalize this song than we have taken to finish the previous singles. We wrote the song close to two years ago and played it live for a long time. We were never quite satisfied with it and kept tweaking it. So much so that the final song wound up quite a bit different to the earlier version. It was a much slower process than normal, but we are really happy with the final result.

What are your plans for 2019?

We really want to play extensively within Brazil. The independent scene here is really strong at the moment so really cool festivals and events are happening all over the place. There are a lot of opportunities around. It’s really exciting!
We also host an event called the “King in the Belly Backyard” during the HackTown festival. Last year we had around 20 bands doing showcases over 3 days, which kept us busy. We hope it continues!