Our singer Danny Wilder passed away the 3rd of Oct ‘13. We need your help to finish his final album, giving him the legacy he deserves.
'The Danny Wilder Saga' - The Official Kings of the City Documentary, Directed by SBTV's Ash Houghton, featuring the band, Maverick Sabre, New Machine and more…
'Lonesome Dog' is an unreleased track off the forthcoming 'No Snake' album.
On the 3rd of October 2013, KINGS OF THE CITY lead singer and guitarist, Danny Wilder, passed away after a year long battle with cancer. He was only 27 years old.
The band managed to record an album with Danny over the last year, and plan to release it in the near future.
A personal statement has been released by rapper and producer of the band, Ali Bla Bla:
Yesterday I buried one of my best friends. There was an extremely large turn out and a lot of lovely words shared about him.
I met Danny 10 years ago by chance and since then we had been making music together. We formed our band in ‘09 and have had an honourable journey ever since.
The real struggle began last October. I remember the day Zane Lowe premiered our song on his BBC Radio 1 show. It was a new peak for us, a great, glorious moment. Spirits were high and we were unified by our new sense of hope. Two days later everything changed.
I remember being with my girlfriend late at night, talking about all the great things we were going to do as a band, and then receiving a group email from Danny to the band.
It was the worse news I had ever received.
My brother, my friend and my inspiration had been diagnosed with cancer. It felt like the world, that had finally opened its arms to me, calling me over, telling me everything was going to be ok, had suddenly turned around and done the opposite. None the less, we were ready to support our friend, and were genuinely as positive as him. We felt that this was a test from life and that he would come through winning, in a sort of true underdog sense.
In the last year we managed to record an album with Danny, which we plan to release soon. He stayed strong and positive through out the whole time, and did his best to lay down the law in the studio. Nothing was getting in his way of doing what he had to do. Something I will always respect.
His last music video filmed was for the song entitled ‘Grave Digger’. I remember it was an extremely cold winter’s day in an abandoned warehouse. It was still an amazing performance.
We played the Jazz Café on May 10th 2013. It was a very different vibe compared to our previous live shows. I was told by people after that Danny had sung the best he ever had in his life and that it was a very humbled performance from the band. All previous delusions of self righteousness and egotistical cliches had fallen out of the window. It was the last show he ever played.
Danny loved Jim Morrison and The Doors. He’d often refer to his ordeal as “Riding the Snake”, a reference to The Doors classic “The End”. Whenever there were times of despair, I would tell him: “Keep riding the snake, you’re nearly there man, keep riding.”
During the year of his cancer, we had managed to gain new management and suddenly had some new hope again. Right towards the end of his life, we were given 3 months of high end professional studio time to finish the album in by the management.
We were there for two weeks, in which Danny was only able to come once, before realising we wouldn’t be able to record again, so had to give it up. That one time he visited was his last ever recording session, which I’m glad was recorded visually.
There was nothing more heart breaking then coming to terms with accepting the possibility that he wouldn’t make it and that this was it. Whatever he had given me the honour of recording was final, and I could no longer say “Hey man why don’t you chuck this harmony on?” or, “I can’t wait till you lay that tune, let’s do that today”. This guy had songs coming out of everywhere. I still have a big bunch of demos he recorded and sent to me on his phone that we never got to finish. I hope to get them out somehow one day.
The last few weeks will always be a time that I will never be able to forget. I think is something I can only really talk about on a song or some lyrics, it takes a lot out of a man to describe the pain in his brother’s eyes.
The week before he passed, he had asked me to come and visit him, so I went and judging by his state, I knew it was the last time I was going to see him. Memari (KOTC Bassist) and myself sat with him in his room for a couple of hours and reminisced about good times. We spoke of all the stupid antics that had happened on stage over the years and had a little laugh. It was a very emotional time but we said our good byes and walked out, broken men.
The last thing Danny said to me via text was “Thanks for coming”. The last thing I replied to him was “Anytime brother”, and I stick to my word Dan.
Quotes about Danny from others:
Danny was a great lad and a amazing musician who excited me, the news brought a tear to my eye. He will be missed! My love is with the band and his family at this sad time” - Charlie Sloth (BBC Radio 1 )
An intriguing fusion of rap and rock, London has tragically lost an emerging talent before their prime. - Tony Elliot (Founder / Director of Time Out Magazine)
I loved Kings of The City from the first time I heard them and even though I never knew Danny, I straight away felt his lyrics, voice and visual presence, and like many others I was looking forward to watching KOTC grow, as for me they capsulated London so well.. I personally send my sincere condolences to Danny’s family and friends and everybody involved with KOTC. Such a great loss and amazing talent.. - MC Rage (Chase and Status)
R.I.P brother Danny Wilder… It was an honour to have him on tour back in 2011….your voice will always live on king! - Maverick Sabre (Recording Artist)
Blessed to have known such a talent and humble soul. Honored to have shared musical experiences and gained a special working bond. Pains my heart to see him go. - New Machine ( Guitarist/Producer for Plan B )
Death never makes sense, especially when it takes someone as young and talented as Danny. He had so much more life to live and so much more creativity to share, but at least his music survives him, and can be a comfort to his family, friends, band mates and fans. RIP - Fred Macpherson (Spector)
His talent was nominal. In a day and age where we are force fed generic music 24/7, Danny was a breath of fresh air, an amazing singer song/writer who’s lyrics always had worth and substances to them. Everything felt like it was said/sung from the heart… Most definitely an unsung hero and all around genuine great guy… - Klashnekoff (Recording Artist)
I only had the chance to see Danny a few times, but each time I did, he was always smiling. I remember how much of a sick musician he was when I had the opportunity to film him and it’s such a shame to see him go. My thoughts are with his family and friends. - Jamal Edwards (SBTV)
Seldom do you hear a voice as unique and powerful as that of Danny Wilder. His grainy vocals have always been a major focal point of Kings of the City’s unique blend of rap and rock, and his distinctive voice was the key component in the genius which occurred through merging the two worlds. His presence within the scene will be sorely missed. - Ash Houghton (SBTV)
KOTC are unquestionably one of the best & most exciting bands to grace the stage of Supa Dupa Fly. And out of all the ones we book, that we like the most on a personal level. Hearing about Danny’s passing is so so sad, he’s such an incredible talent & lovely guy. He will be missed. - Emily Rawson (Supa Dupa Fly)
Infinite respect goes out to Charlie Sloth for dedicating his Saturday night BBC Radio 1 show to Danny. He also gave ‘Please Tell Me’ a spin.
Have a listen and please share the video.
An official press release will be released in the next day or two.
Take care guys.
The last music video ever made by Danny Wilder.
On the 3rd of October 2013, we lost a brother.
'No Guts No Glory' Double EP
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Check out the 6 track ‘best of’ promo we have released with Frostwire.
Our next single ‘Please Tell Me’, released 1st of April.
Official music video out today!
Original demo recording of ‘Make Me Worse’.
Was having a clean up of my hard drive, as its running out of space due to all the completely massive tunes we have been making in the past few months, shit that’s gonna clearly blow everyones minds and leave us with no fans, as they are too busy picking up bits of their brains…
But yea… found this and thought id share. No raps no bass no arrangement no anything, just Danny and my bbq lunch on a summers day a couple years back.
Hope you enjoy. - Ali
'Forest of Babylon' - The official b-side to our forthcoming single, 'Please Tell Me'.
'Please Tell Me' Video Shoot.
Coming January 2013!
Interview we did with Marcus Barnes for The Independent.
Zane Lowe gave us a spin on his Radio One show!
Performing ‘The Devil’ live at Bush Studios, West London.