Q & A

Q & A With Kenny Paul Mann From Royal Horses

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

We have a lot of new projects in various stages of completion right now. We have hit the studio a good bit since recording ‘A Modern Man’s Way to Improve.’ In the last year, we have completed our sophomore album, recorded an EP in Denver at Color Red Studios, we are working on new music to record soon and we have recorded as studio musicians for two other artists. Our fans can look forward to a lot of new music being released from us in 2021.


XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

We have been performing together as Royal Horses for nearly 4 years now.


XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I can trace back certain albums or songs that were a heavy push in this direction. However, I can’t really say there was any exact motivation. I just never imagined not having music as a huge part of my life. Music is such an escape for me. It’s the best medicine.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that being raised in very musical families had a huge impact on us. Our age range is pretty spread out, but we have all been around it most of our lives. We have all been playing in bands since our early high school years.


XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

I would like to think Royal Horses’ music conveys a lot of depth, honesty, and heart to the listener. We strive to bend genre norms, and hopefully, our music is approachable to a wide variety of people. Overall, we just play the music that we enjoy- no costumes, if you know what I mean.


XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

We are certainly hoping to tour a lot more once the world gets to a more “normal” state. We are looking into a few runs now. We still perform on a very regular basis, but it’s fairly localized at this time. We just keep grinding and trying to improve our craft. More than anything, we are really looking forward to sharing a lot of new music this year.


XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Both. They are such different sensations and are rewarding in their own way. I love them both deeply. I’d say I feel more comfortable in a studio setting, and I get really excited to create. However, that thrill of connecting with your audience from a stage is an unmatched high.


XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

We prefer to let the listener make that interpretation.


XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

I just want a song to have something real to say, whether it be lyrically or musically. It’s all about the “feels.”


XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

Ha. Yes, I do……


XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Once, a guy jumped up on the stage in the middle of a song and yelled in my ear “will you do Play That Funky Music White Boy.” For one, who thinks it’s cool to get on stage and request a song? …In the middle of another song? Also, what about our music made him think we would play that song? Oddly enough, I have since played that song live, and it’s super fun to jam!


XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

I think we are all three lucky to have extremely supportive families.


XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

I’d say don’t try to sound like anything. Play what comes out naturally. Build and improve from that. Don’t be afraid to let loose and just jam on stage. You’re going to mess up, regardless. Have fun with it.


XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

I love playing rockabilly-ish galloping bass lines. We have a few originals that I get to show out on. ‘Who do you know’ is a really fun one.


XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

So many… Most notably, Led Zeppelin. Thankfully, the other two guys are heavily influenced by them as well. We’ve done entire Zeppelin tribute sets.


XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

I’d love to share some shows with some out of the box bands for us. Primus would be super cool.


XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Our debut album, A Modern Man’s Way to Improve, was selected as an official release for Record Store Day 2020. Our Vinyl was distributed to record stores all over the country. It was a dream come true!


XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

I also brew beer. I’m brewing for a small brewpub back home in Hattiesburg, MS now. Luckily, my two careers are very complimentary of each other, and I get to do both.


XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

I have two double basses. I play a 1953 American Standard and a modern Engelhardt ES-9 that I like to beat up. I prefer Ampeg amplifiers. I have a few different amp setups for different situations. I’ve recently started exploring effects pedals with the upright, and I’m having a lot of fun with that.


XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

2020 was the great equalizer for the music community. My heart hurts for so many music venues that we have lost, but I truly believe that appreciation for live music will come back bigger than ever. I’m really excited to see a resurgence of great rock music in the South! I can feel it brewing!


XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Hmmm… depends on the person. Let’s talk!


XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Sure thing: One of the most simple, free, and effective things you can do for any band right now is to interact with them on social media. “Like” your friend’s band page. We just released our first album on all streaming platforms. Give us a listen. If you like what you hear, come interact with us. We are on all the social media, although our Twitter is pretty garbage. 🙂  Thanks so much for all of your support!


XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!


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