Wilde About Kingdom Collapse
Written by Jackie Wilde on June 11, 2019
San Antonio, Texas based Kingdom Collapse is bringing raw emotion to the surface and we can all relate. Not only is this band independent but they’re also self sufficient; writing, recording, and producing their own music. We had the opportunity to sit down with frontman Jonathan Norris.
When did Kingdom Collapse begin and how did you guys meet?
“Kingdom Collapse was the name that I had for an older band that Robert and I were in back in the day. It was relatively short-lived, we were actually both just guitarists at the time. But fast-forward to early 2017 or so, I began writing a bunch of material that I didn’t really have a project for so I decided to revive the Kingdom Collapse name and push things in a more mature, “go big or go home” direction.
I first went to Robert and asked him if he was down to give this new thing a shot, he committed, then that began the scouting process of filling the other positions. Since then, we’ve added our bassist, Blake Suarez to the KC team, solid musician, and great friend that I’ve played and toured with in other projects. It feels like this was the end goal of how things were supposed to pan out. Great chemistry and we’re after the same vision.”
Who in the band would be most likely to watch The Notebook alone and on purpose?
“Haha, I’m sure we all have our own take on that but I would have to go with Robert. He’s a solid caring guy so I know he’s got some of that deep inside him.”
What is the meaning behind the band name?
“I came up with the name Kingdom Collapse at a time in my life where I began really thinking for myself and discovering who I am, what I believe, etc. The name Kingdom Collapse basically is about tearing down everything you’ve been told to be, told to believe, told to do, and finally saying “No. I’m going to find my own way.”
What your song writing process?
“That’s a tricky question cause it’s not always a single process that works. However, a lot of times I or Robert will have an idea, track it, develop it, polish it up, then send it to the rest of the guys. Then from there, it’s obvious what tweaks are left to make before the final mix/master.”
When did you start really paying attention to your view count for “Suffer” on Youtube?
“Good question! “Suffer” really took us by surprise. I knew when I was writing that one, it was going to be different. I think some songs are safer than others. But this one was very honest. Maybe a little too honest, and I think that’s what people really connected with. It admits a dark feeling that we’ve all felt when wronged by someone. Wanting revenge is a carnal emotion that we can feel resonate within us and I think at the end of the day, if someone has a song like “Suffer” where it’s a release for them, they’re more likely handle those emotions and process them in a positive manner. A “punching bag” of a song, so to speak.”
How did it feel when you hit 1 million views?
“CRAZY! Never would we have EVER thought we would hit a million on a single while still “unsigned”/independent. There was no marketing budget, no support from a label, very little support anywhere actually, and “Suffer” showed the world that Kingdom Collapse means business. It’s been crazy. “Suffer” took us from the local area to creating a buzz that’s resonating worldwide. We get crazy messages almost daily from people in Russia, Asia, South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, telling us how they discovered us from “Suffer” and it blows my mind! Our goal is to get out to those places when the time is right and give them a performance they deserve.”
On a scale of 1 to 10,983, how good is your next single compared to your last?
“Man, we’ve got a lot of good material in the works, and it’s definitely a big step up. I think the stuff up until now has put us on the map. But I feel like this new stuff is major league.”
Where do you see the band in five years?
“A bunch of new music, touring with some of our inspirations, seeing the world.”
And who would those inspirations be?
“Five Finger Death Punch, Sevendust, Staind, Creed, Papa Roach, P.O.D., Three Days Grace, Seether, etc.”
What is the craziest thing that’s happened or you’ve seen when you guys have been out on the road?
“Haha, we could go on and on about crazy experiences but we’ve experienced some pretty funny stuff. Day to day, you come into contact with so many different characters that are a trip. Crazy sound guys, believe it or not are the most entertaining.”
Do you have a most memorable show?
“Ya’ know, that’s debatable. There are a lot of shows that in one way or another have been really awesome. Almost every show since the release of “Suffer” and our EP, “The War Inside”, there’s been a lot of people that come out of the woodworks, to our shows and sing the lyrics at the top of their lungs. Pretty awesome to share that with our following.”
As an independent band, what have been some of the greatest struggles?
“Biggest struggle. Hmmm. A lot of local media outlets not smelling what’s right under their nose. There are a lot of people within the music/media world in this area that are still stuck on Metallica and Tool, great bands, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t care to talk about any solid talent coming up that are making waves literally, IN THEIR BACKYARD. But it’s all good. In time, that will change.”
How does producing your own music benefit the band, outside of the financial aspect?
“It really ensures that our sound stays genuine to us. Basically we’re able to present to the world a pure representation of what we intended each song to be. It doesn’t get twisted by someone on the outside with possibly a different vision than us.”
As the band grows do you see yourself working with big name producers like Kevin Churko?
“Definitely! Self-producing up to this point has really gotten a foundational KC sound out to the world to where if a big-time producer comes our way, they’re able to get a good grasp on what we’re about and take that and run with it.”
What advice would you give to someone trying to start a band?
“Trust yourself. Don’t listen to people early on that don’t believe in the vision that you have. Also, if you want something done right, do it yourself. Boom. That’s it. If YOU want to see something come to fruition, it’s up to YOU.”
What would you like to be remembered by?
“Making an impact and writing music that transcends generations. Creating music that resonates with people to the point our songs become their anthem for everyday life. The light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve been through it and made it out alive. You can too.”
What would you say to someone who’s never heard of Kingdom Collapse?
“I would say to simply check us out. Our songs are written from real life experiences so I feel there’s something in there for everyone. We all experience hardships and feel tough things that make us stronger, and Kingdom Collapse is about using those experiences to make yourself stronger than ever.”
What would you like to say to your fans?
“I would like to say thank you to everyone that’s ever shown any type of support. Given us a share, bought/streamed our music, bought a shirt or any merch, gone to a show. This is our life and it means the world to have the support of so many behind us. Together, we are strong.
Keep on the lookout for new music and more tour dates coming very soon!”
You can purchase their music at any outlet, stream on Spotify, and of course, hear them on KRCK-DB/Krave Rock.
-Jackie Wilde #staywilde