Kings Elliot FAULT Magazine Photoshoot and Interview

Photography: Jack Alexander

Words: Miles Holder

Kings Elliot’s ability to convey so much emotion through song has made her one of the most exciting artists releasing at the moment. Her new EP entitled ‘Bored Of The Circus’ is already garnering high praise and with so much more to give, we caught up with Kings Elliot to discuss her process, her music and of course, her FAULTs.

What’s been the most difficult song to write on the EP?

Probably “‘Til I Die.” I think we kept rewriting it because I was scared of being so honest and mentioning my parents because I knew they’d hear it. 

Butterfly Pen is such an emotional song, do you ever feel that leaving so much of yourself on a track can become emotionally taxing? 

For me it feels freeing, it helps me understand myself better. And to be honest, no matter what, I wouldn’t be able to do it any other way. 

What’s one key message you want to deliver with your EP?

I think hopefulness and the knowledge that it’s okay to feel the way you feel. There’s a lot of acceptance on the EP. “‘Til I Die” is about coming to terms with being who you are. “Cry, Baby, Cry” is about not hiding or covering up your feelings but rather embracing it and vocalising it. “Someday, Somewhere” which ends the EP is about the hope that there’s a world for me  where I’m not a prisoner of my own mind. And really  I just want people to know that it’s okay to feel like things aren’t okay and acknowledging that helps get through it.

Tell us about the inspiration behind Til I Die? 

Unfortunately, for better or worse, the inspiration is my life. It’s an insanely honest song about realising the damage my BPD has done to people I love but also acknowledging that it is a part of me and it’s not going anywhere so I better accept it and make the best of it. I guess to that end, the song itself is my attempt at making the best of it by channelling it into something for other people.

You’re very vulnerable on this project, is it scary to open so much of yourself up to your listeners? 

It’s definitely very scary to be so vulnerable  but it’s also very liberating and empowering. The things I speak about are very private, but the fact that people connect to what I’m saying, gives me courage to carry on. 

When you look back on your musical journey, what’s been the most difficult hurdle to overcome? 

My biggest hurdle was and is still my self-doubt. 

What’s your biggest fear as it pertains to your music? 

That I have to go back to working at the pet shop!! Haha! 

What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

Be courageous. 

What’s been the worst?

‘You can’t just write sad songs.’ 

What is your FAULT?

I’m always late, I’m very forgetful and I often don’t speak kindly enough to myself!