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PORTLAND, OR – King Wess has always had a dream of moving to Los Angeles and making it big as an artist. It’s something he’s had in his head for as long as he can remember. When he was old enough, he took the drive along Highway 101 from Portland, Oregon to LA to visit the city and get a feel for what it would take to realize his dream. That one trip changed his life and put a fire in his heart that will be impossible to quench.
After returning from that trip in 2017, he spent nine straight months in the studio developing a unique sound and style that he could offer to the world. His first song “Touched” was a hit, and he hasn’t looked back since. And now he’s ready to release the fruit of his labors to the world through an eight-song EP he’s calling “Highway 101.”
“It’s a project inspired by the vibe I got driving from Portland to LA,” he said. “It’s one of those EPs that just give you those good driving vibes. It has smooth vibes sprinkled in with a couple of up-tempo head-boppers. That being said, I really think my music is different all around. I’m not too conscious with my lyrics and bore people, but I’m also not too simple. And I have singing abilities that a lot of other people don’t. I also touch really well on all aspects of hip-hop in a real organic kind of way.”
King Wess said he has always had a knack for music and was pretty good with poetry and writing while he was a younger student. He attributes his love for music to his mother who would also drive in the car with him listening to all kinds of old-school music. His father also introduced him to diverse genres of music – especially country. But as he grew older, his biggest musical inspirations where Nipsy Hustle, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole, who he admits has probably had the biggest impact on his own personal style.
At the end of the day, King Wess said he hopes to make music that can be soothing to anybody – young and old. He tells stories from the things of life that he had experienced and hopes that those things will relate with others.
“I make music that’s for everybody,” he said. “I’m not too stuck in certain areas and every project I put out will have songs for everybody across all kinds of genres. A lot of different stuff on this EP shows that off, and people can see my progressions and the things I can do.”
King Wess said he’s just getting started on his career and that people can expect to get more music from him later this year. To listen to his music or to follow him on social media, please visit: