Photo: Quinn Tucker / Press

Premiere: KINGS — how to kill me

If you’re looking for an artist whose music makes you feel a thousand emotions at once, look no further. KINGS, an up-and-coming songwriter based in Nashville and LA, knows how to tug at listeners’ heartstrings and have fun doing it.

Known for her signature dark pop sound, KINGS has already racked up quite the following online. With a fan base of over 5.1 million on TikTok alone and a Spotify play count of over 1.5 million from her releases this year, it’s clear that KINGS’s fans connect strongly with her music. In terms of songwriting, KINGS is one of a kind. She sings about relationships, heartbreak, and girl power, and she does it all with honesty and purpose.

Today, EUPHORIA. is debuting KINGS’ newest single “how to kill me,” (officially out tomorrow) — a track that finds the singer “in her emotive sweet spot.” 

Atmospheric and dark, KINGS reflects on her past relationships across the enticing and slow-tempo track. It’s a different side fans haven’t seen from her yet, and she candidly describes to us that the inspiration for this song came to her over a long period of time: “I was dating a guy for a few months and things ended horribly … A few months go by and I start talking to one of my best friends at the time. Things were going great between us, and then out of nowhere, he did the exact same thing the last guy did and because of this, it was even more painful. The title ‘how to kill me’ came up when I thought about how I opened up to this new guy about my past relationships and how he knew exactly how to hurt me more than anyone else.”

“how to kill me” is a sharp song with a captivating hook, and the end result is a killer track. EUPHORIA. spoke to KINGS to ask her a bit more about “how to kill me” and her success thus far, which you can read below.  

Did you learn anything from the process of making “how to kill me” compared to prior singles?

Honestly this song just flowed out of my co-writers and I. It was one of the easiest and most natural writing sessions we’ve had and we were obsessed with the track by the end of the day. Writing “how to kill me” definitely taught me to lean into a darker side of my writing, which I will continue to do in future songs.

Do you have a favorite lyric from the song?

The first two lines of the pre-chorus are probably my favorite. “Cutting me open so you could be trusted up in my head / then setting me up so that I’m walking in on her in your bed.”

How does it feel to have received such a positive reaction to your music thus far?

It has been absolutely insane. I couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from my fans to my last few singles. Knowing that my art is helping someone is the reason I do what I do.

Is there anything you’d like to tell listeners who are just discovering you for the first time?

All I want to say is buckle up, because there’s a lot more heartbreak tracks coming your way.