Kingsway Music Library encourages music makers to find their own musical identity within their library. There’s not a standardized Kingsway sound—not even solely the emotive vintage synth-fueled music of Frank Dukes, which sparked his idea to start a boutique sample library. As explained in a previous interview: Kingsway stimulates creators to go further into the beyond. To get weirder; more abstract. Music that can exist outside of time and genre. With a singular goal to engineer emotional reactions for the listener in a very short time—without lyrics. Textures, melodies, and layered compositions that touch people. That’s the type of timeless magic you can find in the vast catalog of Kingsway originals.
“I made Volume 1 from a place of [Frank] Dukes telling me to focus more on melodies and intentional compositions,” tells Toronto-based producer CVRE, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist. “Coming from more ambient, chord-based music that I used to make. (...) That taught me a lot about what it means to be purposeful with melodies and to create catchy ideas.” His music for Kingsway ended up being sampled by the likes of Justin Bieber ("Get Me" featuring Kehlani), Juice WRLD ("Make It Back"), Lil' Durk ("Did for the Streets"), Don Toliver ("Cardigan"), A Boogie wit da Hoodie ("Deja Vu"), among others. That’s only the tip of the iceberg of artists sampling music from Kingsway: from Drake to Kanye West—even the original loop digga Madlib himself expressed his love for Frank Dukes’ game-changing music library.
“When my music is sampled, it feels incredible,” adds Waves, whose own music received placements with Lil Mosey and Xanman, among others. “I put my thoughts into [a] piece of music, and then someone finds that dope enough to put drums on it and get it placed. Then there’s this weird connection between me and that person. Like, he felt the same thing I felt while creating the music.”
A release like Utopia by Young Buddha (formerly VinnyX) shows the artistry and versatility behind Kingsway’s library. Besides sample-ready moods (as previously sampled by Logic, Future, and PARTYNEXTDOOR, and a beat used by Kodak Black), the 12 compositions can also be enjoyed as an actual instrumental release from front to back. “I wanted to challenge myself and dive into something new,” Young Buddha says, “and show that I was capable to mold into anything. So I took a lot of time to learn from the people [at Kingsway’s studio] to learn to use the instruments, the synths, and analog recording. That’s where I got heavily into analog synths. It taught me a lot about sound manipulation.”
The new additions to our catalog mark another step in our collaboration with Kingsway. A like-minded mission to create a fair ecosystem for producers, musicians, and rightsholders alike. CVRE: “Business can be confusing and blurry for a lot of music makers. Especially on the come-up. Kingsway and Tracklib make that easier for people to understand; how you’re supposed to get paid and that it is possible to get placed, or to get a great piece of music cleared to sample.”
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