Sullivan King with Ryan Browne
Sullivan King is the under-the-radar rebel with a mighty cause: The Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/producer and solidified guitar god is setting out to shatter the mold and to disrupt the electronic world-one lick at a time. Lifting the brash and rugged energy of bass music off the dance floors and the power of metal and hard rock from the stadiums, Sullivan King creates a musical mosh pit built entirely on rapid-paced, neck-snapping dubstep, intensely shredding guitars and a bold live show that pushes the boundaries of modern music performance.
Launched in early 2014, the Sullivan King project is the artistic creation of Keaton Prescott, whose musical DNA is composed of one-half metal and one-half bass music. He initially discovered his love for music in his early teens after his mother encouraged him to pick up a hobby outside of his everyday humdrum. Like the sword of King Arthur, the guitar beckoned; with a fist in the air, he answered the call and never looked back. After discovering the music of Van Halen, via his father, Sully took a headfirst dive deep down the rabbit hole of guitar-based music. He soon discovered the progressive rock sounds of post-hardcore and emo/screamo from the aughts via his brother-at first coming across bands like From First to Last, Chiodos and Atreyu-and then explored the metalcore noise of acts like Escape the Fate, Bullet for My Valentine and Avenged Sevenfold. Altogether, these artists opened the floodgates and laid the foundation for his developing obsession with heavy metal, care of genre icons Pantera, Metallica and the like.
Fast-forward a couple of years later when Sullivan King discovered the sounds of EDM after countless hours spent on hardcore gaming, where artists like Skrillex, Avicii, Rusko and Wolfgang Gartner ruled the sound waves across global online gaming communities. It was in 2012 at the now-defunct Sunset Strip Music Festival, however, when he witnessed the analog spirit of punk rock come to life via the digital workings of a DJ and his decks as the notorious Steve Aoki manned the stage. Suddenly, it all clicked.
Keaton’s newfound love for EDM begot a cultural crossroads where bass music and metal live in a harmonious yet hellish balance. After exploring and perfecting his trademark sound at the revered Icon Collective Music Production School in Los Angeles, he set off to launch his solo artist career. And thus, Sullivan King was born.
Today, Sullivan King boasts an inimitable style and sound with no regard to genre confines. His original tracks, remixes and reimagined renditions take the vitality of dance music and run it through the metal machine. The result is a bold, forward-pushing sound that’s equal parts electric and heavy.
For a taste of the fury, he offers a full-on metal assault in his remake of dubstep classic “Bass Cannon” from Flux Pavilion, in which Sullivan King unleashes a relentless salvo of diabolic guitars, screeching solos, double-pedal drums and shrieking vocals. On “Lockdown,” a collaboration with The Chainsmokers’ drummer Matt McGuire and rapper Sam King, he goes for the jugular as he detonates a bass bomb over dubstep-fueled drops and blazing guitar licks. Elsewhere, his reworks have brought the immense metal touch to numerous EDM anthems, including “Tremor” (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Martin Garrix) and “Kick Out the Epic Motherf**ker” (Dada Life), both remixes with frequent collaborator Riot Ten.
Already, Sullivan King has locked in massive collaborations with a number of high-profile producers, including “Pure Evil” with Jauz (March 2014), which counts over 1 million plays on SoundCloud to date, and “Kill It With Fire” with Ghastly (August 2014), both released on Borgore’s Buygore imprint. He’s also released a string of powerful original tracks and remixes on several influential independent EDM imprints, including: “Till We Die” with KAYZO on Headhunterz’s HARD with STYLE (November 2015); “Fuck It” with Riot Ten on Excision’s Rottun Recordings (December 2016); “We in Here” with Nightowls featuring Dan Rudd on Kannibalen Records (February 2017); and his remix collaboration with RYLE of Excision’s “Codename X” on Rottun Recordings (January 2016). By the end of his debut year, Sullivan King accumulated over 2.4 million plays worldwide, an impressive figure for a new artist by any measure. Additionally, his music production work has been featured in a number of feature film projects, including: the official trailer for the international blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse; a Spider-Man: Homecoming TV spot; and the trailer for American Made, starring Tom Cruise.