When NY Yankees star Michael King takes the mound, he arrives to the sounds of his sister, pop sensation Olivia King, and she or he shares with HL how this ‘hearth’ jam got here to life.
The sport of baseball is filled with iconic walk-up songs, these tracks heralding the arrival of a participant as they make their strategy to the batter’s field or earlier than they arrive on the pitcher’s mound. They will hype up a crowd (Justin Turner, “Flip Down For What”) or warn opponents as to what’s coming (Mariano Rivera, “Enter Sandman”). For Michael King, his tune holds a particular place in his coronary heart – as a result of it was particularly written for him by his sister, Olivia King. “He would all the time joke saying, ‘You should write me a extremely hearth walkout tune,’ and we might all the time simply form of chuckle about it,” she tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY.
After laughing about it, Olivia determined to make it a actuality. “So one yr, I assumed it might be cool for Christmas to make a walkout tune. I wrote the rap myself, did a demo, and shot it off to a rapper good friend of mine.” She shot the video on the down-low and shocked Michael on Christmas ve. “He was going so loopy, hitting my legs so onerous as a result of he was so excited. He stored saying, ‘Are you kidding me, are you kidding me, it’s the very best tune I’ve ever heard!’”
That was additionally the response that her followers had when she debuted her tune “Wasted Time” throughout an Instagram Dwell. “I actually wasn’t feeling it,” she advised HollywoodLife. “Truthfully, I used to be going to scrap it, however once I checked out these feedback, I used to be like, ‘Alright, I’ll preserve going.’ And I did. I stored engaged on it.” Throughout the EXCLUSIVE interview, Olivia shared how she ended up “loving” the monitor, how turning the “pressures” of rising up impressed her tune, “20 One thing,” and what it was like writing the theme to Caleb McLaughlin’s “Be Your Greatest Fan” marketing campaign.
HollywoodLife: I do know your brother Michael is a NY Yankees pitcher, however how did you get chosen to write down the walkout tune “Messin’ With the King” for all residence video games at Yankee Stadium?
Olivia King: I wrote that tune for him when he was a junior in faculty. He all the time joked about me writing them a walkout tune as a result of yearly, they obtained to decide on their very own walkout tune so once they would come to bat or for him as an image when he got here to the mound, they obtained to decide on the tune that they’d stroll out to, and he would all the time battle to seek out the right tune. He would all the time joke [by] saying, ‘You should write me a extremely hearth walkout tune,’ and we might all the time simply form of chuckle about it.
So one yr I assumed it might be cool for Christmas to make a walkout tune. I wrote the rap myself, did a demo and shot it off to a rapper good friend of mine. We shot the music video the identical day that we recorded the tune and wrapped all of it up in a pleasant bow, and I confirmed it to my brother on Christmas Eve. I had the music video all queued up on the TV and he was sitting subsequent to me. He was going so loopy, hitting my legs so onerous as a result of he was so excited. He stored saying, ‘Are you kidding me, are you kidding me, it’s the very best tune I’ve ever heard!’
At that time, he was solely enjoying faculty baseball however I simply knew that he was going to make it and certain sufficient he obtained drafted to the Miami Marlins after which he obtained traded to the New York Yankees a pair years in the past. And now he’s been doing fairly effectively in spring coaching so fingers crossed, he’ll be on the crew once more this yr, and he’ll be utilizing that.”
Speak to me about your new tune “Wasted Time”?
I began writing that tune on my Instagram Dwell Stream and I actually wasn’t feeling it. I believe as an artist, typically you get in your head if you hear a tune so many instances. There was simply one thing about it that wasn’t becoming me the way in which I wished it to. And my followers within the feedback of the livestream have been like ‘No, please preserve going, preserve writing it, we actually adore it, we see a possible in it, we hear this on the radio, we’re loving this. Please, please, please don’t scrap it.’
Truthfully, I used to be going to scrap it however once I checked out these feedback I used to be like, ‘Alright, I’ll preserve going.’ And I did. I stored engaged on it and I reached out to one among my finest songwriter mates from faculty, his title’s Roger Jones, and he helped me write that refrain ‘Wasted Time’ and I ended up loving it and my followers have been proper. So typically it simply takes that outdoors perspective, or nudge in the proper course. If I didn’t create that tune on my Instagram Dwell, who is aware of, possibly I wouldn’t have launched that tune so thank God for that.
You lately obtained engaged to Dave Gosselin so what impressed this tune?
I’ve been in a extremely wholesome relationship for the previous decade. I obtained engaged in November and he offers me no content material so I’ve to refer again to my outdated highschool relationships and the way I felt, then. After I was cheated on or once I was in actually unhealthy relationships.
How are you dealing with wedding ceremony planning amid the pandemic? Are you doing one thing small and having household and mates Zoom in? Or having one thing bigger and taking sure security measures?
No matter what COVID brings we’re simply going to do it. Whether or not we will have 10 individuals there or the 130 that we’ve invited. Regardless, it’s going to be lovely and it ought to simply be concerning the two of us anyhow so it shouldn’t need to be concerning the huge to do social gathering now. I imply weddings have simply gotten so out of hand with every part from the bachelor and bachelorette events, to bridal showers, and it has simply gotten to be like, who can prime who? It’s form of good that it’s been introduced down and introduced again to what actually issues. So I’ve tried to maintain it as stress-free as doable in terms of wedding ceremony planning.
You turned 28 just lately — only a few extra years in your twenties, so inform me what impressed your latest single, “20 One thing?”
Proper earlier than I obtained engaged, [I and Dave Gosselin] had been courting for eight years. Not solely simply that side of my life, additionally career-wise and simply every part in your twenties is quite a lot of stress. And though it’s quite a lot of enjoyable, I used to be feeling quite a lot of stress ending out the previous couple of years of my twenties. I used to be like wow, ‘Ought to I be married, ought to I be beginning to consider having children, am I the place I wish to be in my profession?’ There have been simply so many ideas going via my head.
And once I heard the tune ‘Mad at Disney,’ [Salem Ilese] stated ‘However now I’m twenty-something, I nonetheless know nothing,’ and I used to be like, ‘That may very well be a extremely cool concept to do a complete tune.’ That’s what sparked the concept for the tune. It was actually a launch for me as a result of I had all these pent-up emotions concerning the pressures of being in my twenties, and what I felt like I wanted to perform.
I need different individuals of their twenties to know that it’s okay to really feel these pressures and I’m proper there with you feeling these emotions. On the finish of the course, it stated, ‘I say let me have my moments.’ So if there’s a double that means to that, it’s let me have my second of feeling these emotions of tension and the pressures, but in addition let me have my second of shining in my twenties. The previous few months, ’20 One thing’ might be my most proud writing second.
How did you become involved with the “Be Your Greatest Fan” Marketing campaign for Caleb McLaughlin from Stranger Issues and what was that like?
I used to be working with this producer and he reached out to me sooner or later with this chance with [Caleb McLaughlin] from Stranger Issues. He stated, ‘However we’d like this completed yesterday.’ So I went down in my studio, I wrote the tune in half-hour, recorded a fast demo, and shot it off to him and that was on a Thursday. He was like, ‘Alright yeah that sounds good. I’ll let you understand what he says.’ On Monday I get a textual content they usually’re like, yeah, they’re going to make use of it, they usually’re utilizing it at this time. I’m like, ‘Wait, that was only a demo.’ They usually stated, ‘They adore it, they’re utilizing it, they’re working with it for his or her entire social media marketing campaign, “Be Your Greatest Fan” Marketing campaign. They’re completely rolling with it.
It was such a quick course of and that was one of many quickest songs I’ve ever written and recorded as a result of it was actually in a matter of half-hour time I recorded it. I used to be on the microphones and writing as I used to be recording as a result of I didn’t wish to miss out on that chance so I did it as quick as I presumably may and I like that tune. It really ended up popping out fairly good.
Did you ever meet him and if that’s the case, what was that like?
I haven’t met him, however the video he made to it was tremendous cool. He was doing all various kinds of issues that have been like, I’m assuming, completely different elements of him. He was enjoying basketball, doing ballet, and all these various things that he was so gifted at, which possibly individuals didn’t understand that he may do. He’s actually into embracing who you’re and each side of it. He’s a extremely cool child particularly for a way younger he’s.”