Flying Kites – End of the Boys

Flying Kites - End of the Boys

Flying Kites - End of the Boys

Flying Kites – End of the Boys

ARTIST NAME: Flying Kites

 

SONG TITLE: End of the Boys

 

ALBUM TITLE: Bromance

 

RELEASE DATE:  July 2, 2021

 

GENRE:  Pop, Rock, Synth-Pop

 

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Flying Kites is the creation of pop artist Justin Llamas and friends.  They began playing in 2018 primarily as a live cover band, but original music was always the goal.  As a solo artist, Justin Llamas has performed on TV, Film, and (quite successfully) the Internet, while receiving celebrity compliments and label offers.  Justin is excited to venture into this new musical journey with his friends Darren Myers, Joben Gonzales, and Avery Kwong.
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The Flying Kites are thrilled to release their new single, “End of the Boys,” a heartfelt ballad about the end of a friendship.  Written as a best man’s speech at a wedding, the song touches on the bittersweet happiness you feel for that friend.

 

 

LYRICS:

 

Verse 1
Oh no
Never thought I’d have to say goodbye
I kind of thought we’d have more time
I kind of thought we’d age like wine

 

Oh no
My buddy’s on his way and it makes me sad
But I know I can’t get mad
I’m holding onto what we had

 

Pre-Chorus 1
So let’s turn up one last time to remember
All those dumb nights we don’t remember
Happy for him, he will begin a
New life for him ‘cause

 

Chorus 1
It’s the end of the boys
And we never really had a choice
He fell for her as soon as her
Voice it rang so beautifully
He knew it was the end

 

The end of the boys
And we never even stood a chance
He fell for her at first glance
And she was beautiful
It always was the end
The end of the boys

 

Verse 2
It’s time
Time for us to go our separate ways
You’re moving on to better days
I should’ve known that seasons change

 

And yes
Even though it pains my heart to see
See you move on happily
I’ll be alright eventually

 

Pre-Chorus 2
So let’s turn up one last time to remember
All those dumb nights we don’t remember
Happy for him, he will begin a
New life for him ‘cause

 

Chorus 2
It’s the end of the boys
And we never really had a choice
He fell for her as soon as her
Voice it rang so beautifully
He knew it was the end

 

The end of the boys
And we never even stood a chance
He fell for her at first glance
And she was beautiful
It always was the end
The end of the boys

 

Bridge
And even though you don’t see it on my face
I’m really happy that you’re in a better place
You know I tell myself we’ll meet again one day
‘Cause there’s no way on Earth this is the final page

 

Pre-Chorus 3
So let’s turn up one last time to remember
All those dumb nights we don’t remember
Happy for him, he will begin a
New life for him ‘cause

 

Chorus 3
It’s the end of the boys
And we never really had a choice
He fell for her as soon as her
Voice it rang so beautifully
He knew it was the end

 

The end of the boys
And we never even stood a chance
He fell for her at first glance
And she was beautiful
It always was the end
The end of the boys

 

 

Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.
So far, the feedback has been great!  We were primarily known as a cover band, so our original music debut came as a surprise to many.  But the music we have been putting out is a great match to the energy and attitude we bring to our shows.

 

Tell us the factors you consider when writing a song.
Melody is a big priority in our songwriting.  The song needs to be catchy if we want people to keep listening.  We also want to make sure the song fits our vibe lyrically.  Justin Llamas as a solo artist has a completely different vibe than Flying Kites the band.  We wanted to make sure every song had our flavor, and we believe we did a good job.

 

Discuss the production of the song.

“End of the Boys” started with lyrics by Justin and Darren.  From there, we added piano, bass, and guitar all from Justin’s home.  Then we reached out to our producer (and secret weapon) Lenny Ruckus, who filled in our percussion and added additional production.  We have a great flow and a great team!

 

Tell us your best mood to create a song.

We love having that creative bug…when you know you need to write and get that inspiration off your chest.  But we think it’s good practice to write any time, no matter the mood.  This is what we love, but it’s important to not limit your abilities to only when you’re “in the mood.”  :)

 

Tell us the names of artists or musicians you have worked with, in the past.

We have worked with a lot of up-and-coming Bay Area talent.  Two of our favorites are indie artist Xavier Ali (stage name Ali) who has an EP coming out later this year, and April Absynth who was just seen acting in STARZ’s Blindspotting.

 

Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

Our first stage performance three years ago was quite extreme.  Justin has just come out of esophageal surgery and couldn’t keep food down.  We played a three-hour set with our lead singer throwing up in a cup the whole time he performed.  Stressful times…but a funny story!

 

Tell us how you approach songwriting.

Justin typically starts with an idea, a melody, and/or a concept.  He then collaborates with the group to finalize the lyrics.  After that, everyone chimes in instrumentally to create our final sound.

 

Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

We love that music is ever-changing, and it’s all due to the mix of genre and culture.  Music just keeps getting better because artists are blending more and more and learning from each other.  For our EP, we are happy to say other artists we love also inspired us.  The more we blend, the better we become, and the better we sound.

 

Elaborate on what compels you to go into music.

All of us live and breathe music.  Joben and Avery grew up playing so many instruments.  Darren has been playing the bass and drums since childhood.  Justin has been singing on YouTube for over a decade.  Music is in our blood.  Not only do we enjoy it, but also we need it.  And it’s good to be surrounded by like-minded, talented people.

 

Discuss how you record your vocals.

We recorded our demo lead vocals at home, as well as all of our background vocals and everyone contributed vocals!  After we are done with production, Justin re-records lead vocals at the studio with a great engineer.

 

Tell us the software you use mostly for recording.

At home, we record and produce everything with FL Studio.  It’s not well known for recording, but it’s what we’re used to!  Lenny also uses FL Studio to create our percussion.

 

Elaborate on the song.

“End of the Boys” was written as a best man’s speech at a wedding, but honestly anyone can relate to the feeling of losing a friend.  Not only that but losing a friend to a relationship.  It’s a bittersweet feeling because even though you’re sad, you feel happy for them.  The song definitely has a hint of comedy to it (as do all of our songs), but we know the song will hit your hearts because it’s absolutely relatable.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name.

‘Flying Kites,’ because we wanted something exciting and with visual opportunity.  Also, the ‘Kite’ is a symbol of freedom.  We love being free to make music and being bold about it too.

 

 

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