M.Rivers is a Los Angeles, CA based artist and performer with impactful songs that bode influences from late 60’s psychedelia, 70’s rock n roll and classic soul music. He is known for his work as creator and writer for the band Redlight King under the alias Kaz. Now as a break–out artist, Rivers is defying categories and genres as a modern craftsman with life experiences and eclectic tastes that he brings to life in his new album “Champion”.
M. Rivers passion for music started early on in life. He started writing songs as a teenager and began recording his own music by age 16. He struck his first record deal with Epic Records in 2002, and was signed to Hollywood Records in 2010. M.Rivers goal has always been to write and arrange memorable songs written with care and recorded with passion.
M.Rivers has recorded four full length albums and one live e.p and has performed over 1000 live shows including many of the largest festivals in North America and Europe. His credits include well over 100 live radio performances, and musical guest appearances on both Late Night with Conan O'brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Under the moniker Redlight King, his biggest hit "Bullet In My Hand" went to Number 3 on the Billboard Rock Charts and stayed in the top 40 for 36 weeks. Rivers' version of Neil Young's "Old Man" charted top 15 on Billboard and was the 13th most played Alternative Rock Song of 2011. His music has also been featured in such films as "The Italian Job", and "Draft Day", soundtracks including "Iron Man 3" and "The Avengers", television shows such as "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Person of Interest", as well as having songs licensed to Nascar, NFL, NHL, NBA, and Major League Baseball.
Early adapters and fans of M. Rivers music include the World Surf League’s Gold Coast Contest (with over 3M views of the highlight video) featuring “Champion” https://www.facebook.com/WSL/videos/10154532707402058/), as well as Kelly Slaters new Wave Company, ESPN (Indy 500), and Muscle Kingz coverage of the Mecum Auto Auction.
Q & A with m. Rivers
Q. What traits do you most dislike about yourself?
A. Sometimes i sweat the little stuff too much.
Q. What attributes do you find attractive in others?
A. Love is the most attractive thing to me that i see in others. When someone knows their value and are genuine and passionate about life and how they navigate through it.
Q. What does your perfect day look like?
A. Its simple really. The perfect day would go something like, i wake up, have a coffee, turn on the t.v., and the news anchor let’s us know they have found a cure for cancer.
Q. If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
A. My mom, my dad and my brother. We all miss the old man, it’d be good to see him.
Q. If you could change one thing in the world, what would that be?
A. One thing I would change in the world is the lack of equality and division of people through classism and the uneven distribution of wealth
Q. What motivates you to create music?
A. The powerful feeling it gives me.
Q. What was the last movie you saw?
A. I just watched Goodfellas last night. What do you think i’m funny?
Q. Best advice you ever received?
A. If you're going through hell keep going
Q. What Inspired your latest Album “Champions”
A. The idea of making something great. I wanted to make a traditional LP in the sense of taking you on a journey that would translate to an exciting live show.
Q. Age of your first Kiss?
A. I don't kiss and tell
Q. Where is your favorite place to travel
A. Somewhere i’ve never been. I like exploring.
Q. What inspires you?
A. Mostly inspired by stories of people overcoming adversity…
Q. What traits do you most deplore in others?
A. Lack of compassion upsets me the most, and when people are insincere or fake.
Q. How would you describe your personal style?
Q. What thing do you most covet in life?