Hi River Knight, and welcome to LiveTrigger Magazine! Let’s start by introducing your project: what does make it unique and where is based?
Darren: Hello Andrea, my name is Darren Knight. I play guitar and sing. I write most of the tunes and some lyrics.
Stone: Hi Andrea. I’m Stone River and I just do vocals. I write most of the lyrics and some of the tunes.
Darren: But we both do more on our album GROW; percussion, keys, synth, you know…
Stone: We had some special guests on the album too, but it’s the two of us, makeup River Knight.
Darren: What makes River Knight unique is the mixture of influences, like a recent review of She Came Round compared us to Bob Dylan, Oasis, and The Stone Roses! But that’s just one song, you couldn’t use those comparisons on any of our others.
Stone: We’re based in Southampton, UK.
How was your 2021 so far?
Darren: Well, most of 2020 were spent in lockdown, and we remotely recorded the main bulk of our album, and then coming into 2021 we were able to get together at the studio, add some finishing touches, and invite some of our friends to play on it.
Stone: Yeah, so we got the album finished and we released it at the end of June on all digital platforms. I guess you could say 2020 was good and bad. Recording the album was good, but it was crappy being confined to your house due to Covid for most of it. 2021 has gotten a little better again, back to playing live instead of live streaming and our album was released.
Darren: But now we’re getting these fuel problems and Covid is still here. We can only pray that 2022 comes good.
What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?
Darren: Oh, well we were recently in the bus on the way to a festival right, and we had to pull over, so we could have a zoom interview with a radio station in Australia. I was quite excited by that, but I don’t know if you will be, haha.
Stone: Haha… nothing exciting ever happens to us. Unless you count a Friday night get together with a couple of beers and a guitar? That can be exciting!
Where do you get inspiration and how do you create your music?
Darren: I can have a riff and a melody and Stone will write some words.
Stone: Or sometimes it’s an organic jam, you know, we’re just playing and it happens, such as Mystic Miles.
Darren: Sometimes a complete song is brought to practice. It really does vary.
Stone: We’re inspired by anything around us. From our own feelings to “what if” scenarios to a story on the TV to something someone says and so on.
Who are your favorite artists in your local scene?
Stone: That’s easy, they all appeared on the album. Haha
Darren: Oh yeah, there’s Georgie who sings with South Coast Ghosts, a very good hip hop groove style band. She’s the daughter of our producer Jez. And there’s Ralph who plays guitar with 60th Parallel who are a great sixties garage band. Very different from the garage music of today.
Stone: We also have Big Daddy Rap Beast, he’s very good hip-hop artist.
Darren: Ryan as well, he’s a great drummer. He’s not doing anything right now, but he did use to play for Kasabian.
Stone: We got to have a shout-out to Keeper’s Brew, a cool space rock outfit. And Our Propaganda, a well-oiled classic rock machine.
How did they influence your style & sound?
Darren: You can hear for yourself on the album. Every song that features a guest artist has its definitive stamp on it. They added extra layers to the music and even the meaning of the song in some cases.
Stone: They really helped develop the feel of songs. It was really nice to get them in the studio and on the album.
What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
Stone: I’m gonna say The Streets. Wasn’t a massive set but I’d never seen them before and it was a great show.
Darren: Funnily enough I loved me a bit of South Coast Ghosts recently. It was festival we all played.
What is your best and your worst memory on the road?
Stone: In the early days. Hiring a van to tour the country with, but these vans don’t have a toilet. That’s not a great memory from the road. The best memory is the fun you had in those very same vans.
Darren: My best memory from the road, well it’s not from the road but it is a gig. We set up a charity gig in memory of my wife Steph and to see the support from everyone was amazing. I haven’t really got any bad memories from the road… unless I say driving the bus down tiny country lanes trying to access festivals. That can be a bit um, frustrating.
What do you think about Livetrigger?
Darren: It’s a really good online resource with what looks to be a great community, but our PR agent would be able to say more to be honest. He’s only just introduced us to you.
Stone: Over to you Andrew… Hahaha
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Stone: We’re on all the usual ones… if you’re ever in doubt just search River Knight Grow.
Darren: Oh and don’t forget to use #rkgrow.
Stone: Thank you Andrea, it’s been a blast.
Darren: Thanks for having us.