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Press Record: Interview with Marvin King of MightyKillers


At a basic level, MIGHTYKILLERS.com is a website that sells hats, shirts sweaters and other apparel. Yet, it is so much more than that to founder and creative director Marvin King.

An avid photographer, King has infused unique visual statements into his clothing line. So much so that MIGHTYKILLERS has seen rapid growth in its third year of existence, becoming a fixture in the international photography community.

MIGHTYKILLERS hosts Instagram “meet ups” in the Bay area as well as across the world including India, Japan, China and Hong Kong, drawing in hundreds of people. King and his team focus on inspiring fellow creatives to explore the world and create passionately.

We caught up with the 27-year-old to talk about his latest travels, inspirations, photography, music and, of course, his choice in audio equipment.

What is MIGHTYKILLERS?

MIGHTYKILLERS is a creative brand focusing on empowering the community through our products and visuals.

How did it all get started?

All throughout middle school and high school, and then into college, I delved delved into the idea of starting my own clothing line. I was big into fashion, streetwear and culture growing up. And I’ve always been a huge hobbyist of photography so everything just kind of came together naturally for me. The brand really focuses on apparel and photography, each of them go hand in hand. Last year, we hit the ground running with the brand. Got really involved with our community. Today, we are recognized as a creative brand in the photo community and have been able to take our craft and travel the world, and share with the world.

What have been the biggest challenges?

Coming up with a team of creative individuals who share the same passion was tough. When I realized there was only so much that I could do with this brand on my own, I decided to reach out and conduct a team, but that was challenging. Finding creatives who are on the same page as me wasn’t easy. I’ve learned that when you decide to work with others, everyone needs to have the same drive to execute with your best potential. If one doesn’t have that drive, it really throws off the entire team; I can’t have that.

What are the inspirations for the site/store?

The world around us. As cliche and plain as that sounds, it’s what really drives the brand. Traveling the world is something I really enjoy doing, and when you have the opportunities to go from corner to corner of the world, you learn so much from each destination. I do my best in blending my love for good minimalistic design and moody photos to create a solid foundation of what represents me. The team I have working with me now all compliment my work, as my work does theirs. It’s awesome.

What’s your next adventure?

I recently just got back from a tour around the southern corners of Utah, passing through Arizona. It was awesome seeing so many canyons and arches formed by years and years of Mother Nature’s work. My next visit is definitely opposite of all this, chasing snow at Glacier National Park in Montana. Planning to spend a week out in the cold.

Why do you enjoy most about your photography?

The fact that I am freezing moments in time as it happens in my life time. I love being able to look back at all these photos and reliving the moments. Think about how many memories we simply forget because we don’t have a photo to bring that memory out? It’s sad… People say they like to live in the moment rather than taking photos but for me, I like to live in the moment and capture it so that I can live in it forever.

What equipment do you use for photography?

Sony A7II mounted with a Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 and a Canon 85mm f/1.2L

What is in your bag when you travel?

Camera equipment, candy, external batteries and of course, my Klipsch R6i headphones.

Why did you buy the Klipsch R6i in-ear headphones?

I wanted a good set of in-ear headphones that I can pack and travel with. It’s tough finding the perfect set of headphones because each earpiece fits differently depending on the person. The R6i earbuds and my ears were a match made in heaven. Not to mention, the remote + mic is always handy.

How would you describe their sound?

The best. I love a ton of bass, so it amazes me how much you packed into these small buds.

What does quality sound mean to you?

It’s everything. Music is such a big part of my life so it goes without saying that if I cannot listen to music as the artist intended then I don’t want to hear it. It’s like listening to someones music for the first time on shitty speakers or headphones… Your first impression of their music is obviously not going to be a good one because of the sound quality… So good sound quality is a must.

What was the first album you bought with your own money?

Man, I have no shame in saying that it was Backstreet Boys first album in ‘96. I remember getting my very own Sony walkman CD player and that was one of the first CD’s that I ever purchased. I believe I was around 7 or 8 years old at that time.

What are your musical tastes and who inspired them?

I have a super diverse music library. I listen to just about anything and everything. It all depends on my mood and what I am doing. However, for as long as I can remember, Jun Seba, aka Nujabes has been one of the most influential artists for me. He passed away in 2010 and it is definitely sad thinking that I will never hear a new Nujabes song again.

What song are you playing on repeat right now?

That’s tough question…Lately, I’ve had DJ Okawari and Taku playing all day long.

So, what does the future hold for MIGHTYKILLERS?

What doesn’t it hold? In the times ahead of us, the possibilities are endless.

"Press Record" is an on-going interview series with interesting people across the globe that just happen to use and love Klipsch speakers and headphones.

 

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