Meet King Whisker
King Whisker is a merry bunch of pals making music out of San Diego, CA. They’ve opened for a few big boys like Yard Act and Starcrawler, and are 2x nominees in the San Diego Music Awards. But mostly, they’re just idiots making music out of their DIY studio shack.
In 2022, they released Food Dimension and hit the road for Meat Quest ’22 – a 7 city West Coast tour alongside San Diego indie rockers The Band Cope.
Jeremy Houtz (He/him)
Jeremy (also goes by Jerm) is a drummer originally from Bel Air, Maryland who moved to South Carolina and became heavily involved in concert, marching, and jazz band.
King Whisker is his first breakout project into independent music.
In addition to drums, Jeremy is the graphic designer, videographer, and merch-creator for the band with an obsession for retro analog film-aesthetic.
He brings influences of soul, punk, and afrobeat to the sound of King Whisker, and still plays on the same Tama Rockstar DX drum kit from when he was ten years old.
Ashoka Thalia "Thali" Busse (She/They)
Thali is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer originally from the Chicago area.
King Whisker is her first band, though she has been writing and producing her own music since 2012. She started out producing electronic dance music under the name Terafarad and over the years has shifted her style into a genre bending fusion of rock, punk, hip-hop, pop, and electronic, culminating in their 2021 album "Holocene".
She brings this eclectic range of influences to King Whisker with their love for stanky synth leads, tasty hand percussion, pop tinged vocal hooks, and the retro Hammond organ sound. For King Whisker, Thali plays a dual keyboard setup: a Novation Impulse 61 MIDI keyboard connected to their laptop running a variety of software synth patches, plus a Korg Minilogue XD analog synthesizer.
On stage she also plays an Alesis Samplepad with a set of auxiliary percussion samples, and she can be regularly seen playing while holding a pair of drum sticks in her armpit so she can quickly switch between keyboards and percussion on a whim.
Daniel Barboza (He/Him)
Danny is an electronic musician, composer, and sound designer from Manteca, CA. As a multi-instrumentalist he's played in various ska, punk, and progressive rock bands all over California. As an avid boots & cats enthusiast, Danny also makes experimental electronic music under the moniker Rob The Octopus. In 2021 he released the debut album In Search of Purple Monsters. In his pursuits with King Whisker, Danny strives to deliver a strong presence of funk bass and South American sonic flavors.