Course Attended: Foundation

Success just keeps coming for music artist and former MAINZ student KINGS, who won big at the 2017 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards on the back of the biggest local chart hit of last year.

KINGS, who completed the Foundation Sound and Music course at MAINZ in Auckland, exploded onto the New Zealand music scene in early 2016 with his feel-good hit ‘Don’t Worry Bout It’.  He took home the Best Pacific Male Artist, the Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Producer and Radio Airplay award.

The awards come on top of winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, which he considers one of his biggest musical achievements so far 

His interest in music started at the age of six when he picked up his dad’s guitar, but KINGS admits his real passion is creating things.  After completing the Foundation course and moving to Australia he borrowed money to buy a computer and downloaded a music production programme giving him a virtual studio to create music from.

KINGS says Foundation was a great ‘overall’ course that gave a taste of all aspects of a chosen creative art and the music industry in general.

“MAINZ has an array of incredible courses for you to hone your skills.  The industry is tough and having the right platform to leap off could be the difference between you giving it a real go or not. Go hard!”

While KINGS is happy with his accomplishments so far, it’s time to “get more music out there”.  He has finished his debut album written, produced, mixed and mastered by himself, and is hoping it will be met with the same enthusiasm as ‘Don’t Worry Bout It’ – New Zealand’s longest running #1 New Zealand single.

“Music is such a subjective thing, there are guidelines and rules that will give you the foundation to hone and chase your dreams, but to stand out . . . you’ve got to break the rules.  Like the late Bruce Lee said, ‘Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is uniquely your own’.”