Spring King is a post-punk band from Manchester, England, formed by Tarek Musa (drums, lead vocals), Pete Darlington (guitar), Andy Morton (guitar), and James Green (bass). From the band's acclaimed debut on Later...with Jools Holland, to their performance at the massive music and media festival SXSW, to headlining tours the world over, the band has fast become known as one of the most exciting new rock bands in the industry today.
The band's proverbial big break came when DJ and TV presenter Zane Lowe chose Spring King's track "City" to open his first Beats 1 show on Apple Radio. "We had just played South By Southwest, we had toured with Courtney Barnett in the UK-we were a very active band and we were always doing it all ourselves," says Musa. "But when Zane played that, a lot of record labels picked up on it."
They are signed to Island Records and their debut album Tell Me If You Like To was released in June 2016, met with critical acclaim from some of music's most influential magazines including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, and many other publications.
Their live Audix setup includes OM7 and OM6 microphones on vocals, and the DP7 drum pack on drums. "The Audix D6 is definitely my favorite for the kick drum," says Musa, "and the DP7 drum pack is insanely good." On his choice of vocal microphone, Musa adds, "I use the OM7 because the pickup pattern is a bit tighter around the back-especially with the drums, it cuts out so much of that bleed that you get from the cymbals. I think it's the best vocal mic for a drummer or a rock band. I've got three OM7s now-I've got a backup of a backup of a backup, because we don't want to be using anything else, if we can avoid it."