A Siren Sit-down with Andrew King
We had the chance to sit down with our good friend and amazing Nashville producer and guitarist, Andrew King. Our discussion included everything from musical influences to favorite guitars. You can read our discussion below.
About Andrew King
Andrew King is a producer, guitarist and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. He has toured with international acts across the pop and country genres including Bucky Covington, Noah Schnacky, Tenille Arts, and others. He also serves as a member of the creative/worship team at Crosspoint Church. Andrew is the owner of Vibe King, a music recording studio in East Nashville that will open its doors late 2019/early 2020.
1. How did you get into guitar?
From the time I can remember, I was trying to be like my big brother. If he played a sport, I would play the sport. My brother would play cowboy chords and write/sing songs, so I naturally gravitated towards the guitar. I was late to the game and didn't really dive in until college.
2. Who were or are your biggest musical influences?
First and foremost, I've always been influenced by great songs. There were a few years where I went deep into the Hendrix/SRV/Kings (Albert/BB/Freddie)/Mayer library, but for the most part I gravitated towards songs and not particular artists. My brother played and wrote country songs, so I naturally started learning Jerry Reed, Vince Gill and Brent Mason licks. Nowadays, with respect to the guitar, I'm most influenced by guys like Tom Bukovac, J.T. Corenflos, Rob McNelley, Derek Wells, Tim Galloway and many of the other great session musicians in town who spend their days bringing songs to life. And the Beatles, how could anyone answer this question and not say the Beatles?
3. What music excites you right now?
The David Ryan Harris catalog is exceptional.
4. What artist, living or dead, would you most like to write or collaborate with?
Probably Marvin Gaye - I'd want to hear his voice in person.
5. Is there anything you are practicing at the moment?
I'm usually learning parts for gigs, but I wouldn't really call it "practice." When I do practice, I try to focus on one small thing and make sure I'm really hammering it home.
6. If you could go back in time and offer the younger version of yourself advice about learning the guitar, what you would tell them?
Well since I didn't really start until college, I would tell my younger self to start playing guitar.
7. Which guitar is your #1 and why?
Very tough question, but if sent to the proverbial desert island, I would bring my 1967 ES-335 because it does so many things well.
8. When not playing guitar, what do you do in your free time?
I love spending my free time with my wife and my dog. Anyone who knows me also knows I love the Philadelphia Eagles.
9. What's next for you?
I'm set to open a new studio in East Nashville this fall and will continue touring with Noah Schnacky (Big Machine Label Group). When not producing, writing or doing demos, I'm constantly subbing on the road for various artists and filling the rest of my schedule with in town gigs, sessions and overdubs from home.
10. Where can people find you online?
That's a good question, I'm not quite as active online as my peers. I do have an instagram account I update occasionally: @akingguitar