We had the good fortune of connecting with Pollux King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pollux King, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
I’ve always had a problem with “fake it til you make it”. I think in some circumstances, that’s helpful. But for most, it’s really damaging. It’s ok not to know how to do something you’ve never done before! It’s ok to ask for help and look for mentors. I think it’s created this huge embarrassment where it’s not ok to be vulnerable and new to something. You’re ripped apart for not being perfect at something immediately. It’s so toxic and sad. I hope that starts shifting soon, and we can help people see that the learning process and being new to something you love is really beautiful and special.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I grew up getting bullied really badly, every day. I got bones broken. From 1st grade on, every day was pretty awful and there was no way to get away from it. I was always listening to music and singing. I remember being really little, and resting my head on the speaker of my little boom box and crying. Music was the thing that kept me going and kept me alive. I grew up in the country, surrounded buy rivers and trees. I would put some headphones in, walk in the woods while listening to some super sad Silverchair or something and think, oh man, they get it, they get how painful all of this is. It made me feel less alone and like there was a place for me. Nothing makes me feel better than music. Nothing FEELS like music, and I know a lot of people can relate to that. I’ve struggled with really horrible depression and anxiety most of my life, and music is how I release some of that. It’s how I can relate to millions of people going through the same thing. It’s how we know we’re not alone. It took me a long time to find the right people to write with. I think finding the right people to make music with can be harder than finding the right partner, haha. You need people you can be around all day, every day, be crazy honest and vulnerable around. And then they have to also want to make the same kind of music. Once I got introduced to my producer, Chris Kooreman, we knew pretty quickly that we wanted to work together. It’s been a blessing to find him. For me, the most important thing about music is how it can connect you to so many people, and make you feel less alone. It can get you pumped up to finally stand up for yourself. It can help lift you out of a really bad suicidal moment, and it can help you through grief. It enhances the beautiful moments, and makes them even more special.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh man. I think we’d have to start at Solstice Canyon in Malibu, and take a nice hike. After, stop and put your feet in the ocean to cool down. That’s one of my favorite things. I love the Observatory at night and looking out over the city. Los Angeles at night is such an intimate and breathtaking thing to see. Especially from way up there. A studio tour at Paramount is always fun. So many iconic moments, and the energy is a good boost to get back to following your dreams if you’re feeling stagnant. Definitely eat at the Tower Bar, and Tatsu. I love this little riding stable up by Griffith Park. You can go and just buy a bucket of carrots to feed the horses and pet them. They’re all so sassy and funny. It’s a nice little time out from the middle of the city. As a last night treat, we’d have to go to my favorite Korean Spa to relax and rest our bodies from running all over. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Chris Kooreman! My producer. He’s been an incredible and PATIENT mentor. I had no idea how to be vulnerable enough to make the kind of music I loved. I was way too scared of that. He really helped nurture that and understands artists, because he is one.