Emerging Canadian DJ/Production duo KYNGS. Currently hailing from Miami, the duo just released their debut single “Let U Go” featuring Fagin. Since being released, the single has already been featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday Canada” playlist (January 19).
Made up of producer duo Ashton Adams and Josh Polasz, the two are the creative masterminds behind the new experimental hip-hop and EDM infused pop track. While this is the first time KYNGS has released a single, the duo initially formed back in 2011 where they’ve primarily worked behind the scenes as some of the most respected and sought-after producers in North America’s vibrant music industry. During that time, they’ve both connected with a roster labels including hip-hop powerhouse Cash Money Records. After working patiently behind the curtains, the two are now ready to release new music under their own artistry, KYNGS.
Hi, KYNGS! We reviewed one of your songs, Let U Go. It has a great sound, with a heart. Tell us what inspired the song?
Ashton: The song was originally inspired by FAGIN’s style. We’ve been working very closely with FAGIN for about a year and a half. Unfortunately, we never managed to make a song that we were all happy with. Both Josh and I wanted to really make something with FAGIN because he is unbelievably talented and we couldn’t pass up that opportunity. We eventually stumbled upon a creative writing process that just clicked for all of us. FAGIN put himself in the mindset of a friend to start the idea of this song. His friend was going through some relationship troubles and we just went with it. We created a hook together and then that’s when we knew we had something.
We see KYNGS is a dynamic duo of Producers Aston Adams and Josh Polasz, Tell us how you formed KYNGS.
Josh: Ashton and I both grew up in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada but never really met until the end of high school. We heard of each other because both of us were very involved within the local music community, but we never had a chance to connect. Eventually, a mutual friend of ours introduced us, and then we decided to get into the studio together. As soon as we had our studio session, we instantly hit it off and the rest is history.
How would you describe your sound?
Josh: The sound for ‘Let U Go’ is a mixture of our roots which is EDM, hip-hop, and pop, mashed up with FAGIN’s folk and singer-songwriter influence. We try to not stick to a specific sound or style because we love to experiment! Even though we do like to try and create different styles as much as we can, we still try to evoke the same feeling when you listen to our music regardless of the genre.
You also produced for a few major labels. Has the experience helped in forming KYNGS?
Ashton: Yes, of course! Being able to produce for some major labels has been a blessing. We were able to work alongside many artists in the music industry and shadow their process. This led to improving our overall musical sound and work ethic. On top of that, producing for these labels has helped gather the connections and resources that we needed to help come out with a great debut single!
You initially formed KYNGS in 2011. How has the experience been, thus far?
Ashton: Being able to create music as a full-time job has been such a blessing for us! Both Josh and I come from a small town, so having the opportunity to do something like this is very humbling and exciting. We appreciate all of the support and love so far from everyone on our single.
Growing up, what songs inspired you?
Josh: When I was growing up, I went through phases of genres and styles. It was primarily post-hardcore, pop-punk, and acoustic singer-songwriter. I actually didn’t get into hip-hop or EDM until the end of high school. A couple songs that first came to mind were “Anthem” by Zebrahead, “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die,” by Four Year Strong, “Have Faith in Me” by A Day to Remember, and The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel) by Asking Alexandria.
Ashton: I was into a ton of genres when I was growing up, but primarily hip-hop, reggae, and heavy metal. Songs and artists that inspired me were “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” by Yellowman (You really need to know your reggae if you know this track, haha!), “A Milli” by Lil Wayne, and “Composure” by August Burns Red.
Do you draw from personal experiences to create your music?
Josh: Of course. We both draw from personal experiences or inspirations in our lives to create our music. If either Ashton or I am experiencing something in our life, good or bad, it can completely impact the music we create. Even the mood that we’re feeling at that time can have a big influence on our song creation.
What is the most important aspect of songwriting?
Ashton: Writing is super important to us. We don’t like to rush the process at all. We want to make sure that it’s creative as well as relatable to the listeners. We are very involved in every aspect of the song to make sure it’s a great end product. Many of the producers out there just send their track off to the songwriter and just let the songwriter do their thing without being too involved with the process. Us on the other hand, we like to be in the studio with the writer and help mold the song line by line with them.
What is the biggest misconception about forming a production partnership?
Josh: The biggest misconception (at least for us) about forming a production partnership was thinking that our creative differences might cause problems for us. Since Ashton and I come from very versatile musical backgrounds, we thought that we would butt heads if we have opposing ideas. If anything, our creative differences help us create better productions in the end. We try to find a compromise between our ideas, or we try to mash them together till we hear something that we both like!
What is your most favorite experience in your career to date?
Ashton: There have been so many amazing experiences with Josh. Anything from our music ventures, to just hanging out as friends have always been great. I would have to say being at our first Ultra music festival in Miami was such a great experience. Hanging around such cool DJs and managers like Datsik and his manager Saad, as well as the super talented producer from Quebec Angelz was a cool experience. Being around such talented individuals and a super positive environment was very motivating!
List the 5 things you need to have with you on a stage.
Josh: Our CDJ’s, headphones, a mic, our phones (we always have to keep our social media game strong), and water!
Do you have any upcoming projects that we haven’t mentioned?
Ashton: Right now, we are continuing to push ‘Let U Go’ but, we do have new tracks that we are excited to release in 2018! One of those songs are including a record with J-Sol and Jhene Aiko’s sister, Mila J. Stay tuned!
Complete this sentence, if I had an opportunity to change anything, I would change_________.
Josh: My negative mindset towards my music when I was growing up. I was such a harsh critic towards myself. It got to the point that I believed that I would never be able to make any decent sounding music. I’m sure that negative mindset is what motivated me to practice my craft day after day to get me to where I am now, but If I knew I was going to be able to create music that people would enjoy one day….that would be a little more reassuring and DEFINITELY less stressful.