Hailing from Peru, Florida, and Washington, King The Kid bring a melting pot of culture and sound to their music. The trio, comprised of Jose Mostajo, Ricky Ficarelli and David Michael Frank (left to right), define their style into a mix of styles, from rock to pop to indie, stemming from their individual musical preferences.
It was in 2012 that the trio were introduced to one another and King The Kid was formed. The band name essentially represents the empowerment of youth and the ability to achieve your dreams. Regarding their choice of career path, Frank states, “The most powerful aspect of being a musician is the ability to connect with people. Music has such a therapeutic quality and can evoke any emotion.”
In December 2012, King The Kid released their self-produced debut album, Start Something, featuring singles “We Are The Ones,” “Marionette,” and “Tale of a Secret Admirer.” Immediately following the album release, King The Kid embarked on their first full US tour in early 2013, consisting of 35 self-booked dates as well as winning the Hot Topic Battle of The Bands (out of 500+ acts) shortly after.
2013 was a productive inaugural year for King The Kid. While promoting their original music, the triad released a series of cover tracks on YouTube with songs such as “My Songs Know...” by Fall Out Boy and “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis reaching out to a broader fanbase. As the buzz began to build, King The Kid were offered to open for Pop Singer/Songwriter from Poughkeepsie, Alex Goot on a full US and Canadian tour. But it wasn’t until the band released “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus that their name would be put in the spotlight, earning over 3.7 million views to date, garnering press from outlets such as Fuse TV, MuchMusic, PerezHilton, Buzzfeed, and Billboard.com. Idolator stated, “The band actually does a really good job transforming Miley’s power ballad into a perky pop/rock song.”
It’s no surprise that this band is already gaining hype in 2014. King The Kid currently have a sophomore album in the works co-produced by the band and Adam Sliger, have a full US tour with the UK Pop/Rock band Hollywood Ending, and a slew of new singles and covers in the works.