The Search for Alt-Pop Royalty Is Over: King Princess Already Wears The Crown

July 12, 2018
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By Lauren Marques/Joe Cingrana

Mikaela Straus, better known as King Princess, stopped by ALT 92.3 after her two sold-out shows in NYC at Brooklyn's Elsewhere for an intimate chat and performance for some lucky listeners. The 19-year-old singer/songwriter shared the process behind her songwriting, anecdotes of growing up in Brooklyn, and hints for future music with ALT 92.3’s Kevan Kenney.

See Also: Exclusive: King Princess’ Honest ‘Make My Bed’ Lyrics Ended Up On Harry Styles’ Twitter

King Princess' success didn't get started with her current single, "1950." She had been raised in a studio environment accompanied by her father where she learned to produce, eventually leading to her garnering the interest of record labels at just 11-years-old. Mikaela and her team determined that she was not ready at that time, but the creation of "1950" felt like the most natural way to catapult her career.

Mikaela says the concept behind "1950" highlights how far the world has come in the acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as providing hope for what still lies ahead. Mikaela also disclosed that the song was formed after she moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles for college, explaining how spending the entirety of her childhood in NYC ended up making her angry because growing up here made her feel "detached from how great it was." So "1950" manifested because she was "gay and mad," however coming home to Brooklyn to play shows has changed Mikaela’s perspective since she is able to "be a part of (her) community… and be at (her) house," which she now appreciates.

The inspiration behind the Make My Bed EP as a whole, Mikaela says, was her move from the East Coast to Los Angeles where she "got out and wrote an EP..., and you listened to it." Moving to LA caused her perspective to change, and gave her the ability to produce songs that perfectly encapsulated exactly how she was feeling during a specific moment in life.

We also had the opportunity to learn about the origin of the name “King Princess.” Mikaela says, "I think the name perfectly encapsulates my soul, and so I get to be myself with the safety of a different name."

King Princess (Joe Cingrana/WNYL)

When worldwide pop sensation Harry Styles Tweeted the lyrics to "1950," it catapulted her sound to a whole new set of fans. Mikaela expressed her gratitude for the community and her chance to be able to build friendships with those new fans saying, "It opened my eyes to all these queer kids who had been listening to Harry Styles... I feel like I want to provide a home for them too with my music."

The care Mikaela has for her fans was also seen during the "fan questions" portion of the interview where she constantly asked, "Was that helpful?" after each of her responses to ensure everyone had their questions answered completely. Her music also reflects her personality through songs that bring visibility to the LGBTQ+ community, as well as their history.

King Princess (Joe Cingrana/WNYL)

Mikaela also broke down the content in her EP, Make My Bed explaining the emotions and situations behind a few of the tracks, as well as performing "Make My Bed", "Upper West Side", "1950", and an unreleased song titled "Ohio," which Mikaela teased would be on her debut album which is expected to hit shelves later this year - or in manager friendly terms... "soon."

For more info and updated tour dates with Donna Missal, visit KingPrincessMusic.com.