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Jetta King. Credit: Brian Blueskye

Jetta King has gained a lot of attention within the last year thanks to her extremely powerful voice and tight backing band (featuring Nick Hales, Carlyn Park Basore and Tyler Ontiveros). Her next performance will be at Bear Claw Tattoo during the Idyllwild Strong festival, at 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18. For more information on the festival, visit Jetta King recently agreed to answer The Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Either Tool or (the) Wango Tango (festival).

What was the first album you owned?

Hanson, I think? Wow, that’s embarrassing, but I was, like, 7. I used to get out pots, pans and chopsticks to make drums, and I would play along to the CD. I would actually invite my “neighbros” over to watch my “band.”

What bands are you listening to right now?

There’s this band called 3. They’re the band that Coheed and Cambria copied, except 3 is WAY better. The album Wake Pig is on repeat quite often. I really connect with the song “Alien Angel.”

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Mumble rap … it’s “terribad.” I really don’t understand why everyone is obsessed with Billie Eilish, either.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would have loved to see Metallica (perform) S&M back in the day. That was such a powerful, awesome combo of classical and metal.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Halsey. I’m not usually into that sort of music, but she’s rad.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I have so many memories of going to Chain Reaction in Anaheim, because it’s a small, all-ages venue, and I love to get really close to the stage and meet the band afterward!

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Lately, it’s been all local-band songs! I’ve had Mega Sun, The CMFs and Order of the Wolf songs stuck in my head for days! “Just a little bittle this! And a little bittle that!”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

August Burns Red. There’s just something really special about what they put into their music. It’s spiritual. Every time I see them live, it fills me with incredible energy. Also: I have grown up watching Sia’s career from the beginning, and she is so powerful. She’s a huge influence in every way. They both have a way of bringing me out of a funk and back to the light. They inspire.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

“Hi, August Burns Red! Can I be in your band?” Ha ha, just kidding. But I really want to collaborate with my favorite artists. That’s the dream. I would love to guest-vocal on a track with them.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“The Imperial March”! Yeah! Bury me to Star Wars. Can you imagine that playing as the casket is lowered into the pit!? EPIC!

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Metallica’s … And Justice for All was an album that I would listen to as a kid on repeat with my Walkman and headphones. It really kept me from going to a dark place at a dark time.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Alien Angel” by 3. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...