Summer Music Guide: King Roy Wing
Over the past few years, one of the more active bands in southern Oregon has been King Roy Wing, a six-member musical monster that, thankfully, shows no signs of slowing down. But band spokesperson Henry did take a moment to answer a few questions.
RVM: The band simply looks like it is having fun. Is that accurate? And how does that attitude seep into the music?
Henry: We are having fun. Well…… most of the time. The music we are making as a band requires a lot of focused work and repetition, which is not always easy or fun. Fortunately, we are all friends outside of the band and that friendship is the foundation of our music. If we keep that part healthy, the music and the fun we have making it just seems to fall together.
RVM: But, with six musicians is it also difficult to keep everyone happy?
I see where you are going here. Yes!! It is hard to keep everyone happy. Except for Gaur. He is pretty much always happy. Well, and Simon, you just have to give him food.
No, in all honesty, there are a lot of possible interactions between six people (I just googled it-there are 720). So yes, it is difficult to manage them, but I look at it as an asset.
I think it is part of what makes us unique as a band. Each member brings something completely different to the table, whether it is musical knowledge and skill, or personality. Most decisions are made on a majority rule, however, we have six people in the band, and decisions are often split 3/3, so maybe what we really need is a 7th member? Any drummers out there?
RVM: You have managed to come out the pandemic with a healthy live music schedule. Is there a definitive before-and-after for the band (before/after the pandemic)? Asked differently, how has/did the pandemic changed the sound or attitude of the band?
H: I don’t think there is a definitive before and after for the band. We have a bunch of new music that is all over the board, which is kind of what we have always done.
When the pandemic started, we stopped playing together completely. I wasn’t sure what the future of the band was. We had a lot of time to think about why we were making music and what it meant to us. When we got back together, I think we all agreed that making music is part of our own personal fulfillment, and sharing it allows us to be part of the community around us.
RVM: You are playing for a benefit for Rogue Valley Farm 2 School. How did that come about?
H: Rogue Valley Farm 2 School reached out to the Ashland Folk Collective for band recommendations and the Folk Collective recommended us. The band mulled it over and decided it was a benefit that we could benefit.
RVM: What should people look forward to at the show? Or, really, at any King Roy Wing show?
H: I think at any KRW show you can look forward to being part of something of quality. We spend a lot of time crafting our music and sets and I feel like the people that come to watch us can feel that. We have a wide variety of music and we tend to tailor a set to a specific audience and venue. For Rogue Farm to School I’m expecting family vibes, upbeat music, and dancing. Come find out for yourself!
Rogue Valley Farm to School’s summer fundraiser, “Turnip the Beet,” hosts King Roy Wing. 5 – 9 pm, Friday, June 17, Fry Family Farm, 2184 Ross Lane, Medford, $35 (kids free).