Pollux King is on the rise. Especially around these parts. Born in Wisconsin but now living in L.A., the up-and-coming, genre-fluid singer-songwriter premiered her intensely personal single Anybody right HERE in April. Today, she returns to the site to run the gauntlet of my trivial questions. Let’s see if she shines as brightly as her astronomical namesake, shall we?
Introduce yourself: Name, age (feel free to lie), home base and any other details you’d care to share — height / weight / identifying marks / astrology sign / your choice.
Pollux King, Los Angeles, Capricorn, full of tattoos, and lots of crazy hair.
What’s your latest project? Tell us everything we need to know.
My new single is called Anybody. It’s a song about bullying, abuse, loneliness. Looking for someone who’s out there that will understand you. This one was really hard to write. I was trying to stay on the surface, and that wasn’t working. I had to dig in and get uncomfortably vulnerable to get it right. Once it came time to do the video, I was at a loss since we’re still quarantined. I knew I wanted a bunch of people to be a part of it. Eventually, I figured out what I needed to do. So now there are people from all over the world in the video, sharing themselves. Showing us all that we’re not alone and we’re going to be OK, together.
What truly sets you apart from other artists?
How will my life improve by listening to your music?
I hope it would make you feel like you can be exactly who you are. That you’re loved, you’re not alone, and nothing is wrong with you.
Tell us about the first song you wrote and / or the first gig you played.
The first song I wrote was probably when I was 3 or 4 to a flower or a dog. I grew up in the country and worked with what I had.
What is the best / worst / strangest / most memorable performance you’ve seen?
This is tough one to narrow down. I’m gonna go with front-row center for Eagles at the Forum. I cried about 700 times. I remember growing up, listening to a few of the songs and being so confused how many guitars were playing, who was doing what, etc. YouTube wasn’t around yet, so I would just listen over and over, trying to track every instrument. My young brain was just amazed by how full and rich it would all sound. Being able to see that live made my brain explode. I felt like one of the girls that would pass out at Beatles concerts.
What living or dead artists would you collaborate with if you could?
Freddie Mercury and Dr. Dre.
What artist or style of music do you love that would surprise people?
I don’t think any? I love a little bit of everything.
What useful (or useless) skills do you have outside of music?
I’m really good at guessing how tall people are. It’s absolutely useless. Unless I worked at a carnival. So I’ve got that as a backup, I guess.
What do you collect?
Stones and shells from the beach. They disappear as fast as I collect them, so I suppose it evens out. But where do they go…
What would you like to be reincarnated as?
A huge tree that gets to be thousands of years old in some beautiful, remote place.
What’s your greatest regret?
What are you afraid of?
A painful, drawn-out death.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What The F@#$ Just Happened…
Who should play you in the movie of your life?
Me. I don’t know who else can be that dramatic.
What’s your motto?
I won’t feel like this forever. It’s a good reminder for the bad moments, and an extra-good reminder for the wonderful moments and to really live in them.
What’s always in your refrigerator?
Grapes. All the colors. All the time.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Nothing. I used to want to change absolutely everything. Now nothing. Slowly learning to love it all. Some days it’s a struggle, some days it’s easier.
What’s the silliest thing you believed as a child?
That adults have everything figured out. Oh, how wrong we were.
What world record would you like to break?
Most people fed, educated, and vaccinated.
What’s the best advice you were ever given?
Stop taking advice from people who aren’t where you want to be.