Definition: Dust Bunny, a ball of dust and fluff.
I like the name. Dust Bunnys. It somehow describes life's long struggle very aptly. As creator Nick King himself states, a Dust Bunny "tumbles around wherever it may roam, picking up whatever it can". It reminds me of the old musical/philosophical question once posed by Graham Fellows - what lies behind the sofa?
Despite this angle, the music King releases under Dust Bunnys is actually overwhelmingly positive. If I'm A Mess, for example, should sound more depressing than it is. I'd go as far to say it's feel good, it's certainly motivating.
King seems to be on a bit of a roll. The Dust Bunnys album was released only in August and there's already a slow trickle of follow up being released, too. The best of the album includes Going Away and For Helika. It's a bit Beatles-ey but in a good way, like. Of the follow ups LA Hoops is the most interesting, whooping its way down your speakerphones - this could be a good direction for King to take.
There's a special cover coming your way from King to Third Outing very soon, but before that here's the interview...
3rd: If I'm A Mess - tell us about the track. // King: I recorded this song, and the entire first album, entirely with a SUPER DUPER BASIC little 32-track recorder. So, I couldn't use any of the technological tricks/tools that are pretty much standard practice today. Looking back on it, it was a total pain in the ass. I guess this song really made me realize how differently everyone can interpret THE SAME song. I thought I just made a happy song about a current love, but some others told me they thought of it as a sort of nostalgic-sad-love-song. It's basically me giving a message to someone new in my life, telling them who I am, what I want to do, and hoping that they'll stick around for the ride!
3rd: The one most important thing to say about the 3 new releases ? //
King: They are from my follow up album that's almost done! My newest releases are a like a sample platter, a little taste from the kitchen before the full meal is served. I've gone WAY DEEP into the production side for the album. I seriously love producing, just as much as I love writing or playing. The ideas I have for some songs are just too impractical, or expensive to accomplish with the recording process I used on this first album, so I've switched over to using a computer.
3rd: What film would the Dust Bunnys album be the perfect sound track for? //
King: Probably some strange, gritty, psychedelic movie like Enter the Void. The film is in a first person viewpoint, even after the main character dies in the very beginning of the film. You just watch as he visits all of the other characters, seeing how everything is going after his death. I think the album is sort of like that.
3rd: Are you going to make it or is that not even a question worth asking? //
King: If I am EVER able to scrape by, earning JUST enough to pay for rent, food, and the basic necessities through making music, I'd say "I've made it"! Making music or discovering it, or interacting with it, or whatever you want to call it; something about sound itself just makes me feel happy.