Why did you choose to study at King's?
The King's BMus course is one of the country's most highly regarded music courses and its partnership with the Royal Academy of Music meant that I knew the instrumental lessons would be world-class. I was also incredibly keen to study in London and to immerse myself in the amazing music scene of the capital.
How did the band meet?
We met playing together in the university big band during our first year. The Kings of Soul started as the brainchild of our drummer, Felix Higginbottom, who wanted to play old school soul, funk, and disco tunes with friends. We started meeting late in the evening after the big band rehearsals. The band clicked immediately and we realised we were onto a good thing – which meant it was time to go out and find some gigs!
What are your memories of playing together at King's?
Our first gigs came from our links with the university. We played some fantastic events for the King's community such as the King's Summer Balls. We soon found ourselves gracing some of London's finest event venues, including the Waldorf Hilton, Royal Automobile Club, Grand Connaught Rooms, and the Tower of London.