Kungs (pronounced « Koongs ») (aka Valentin Brunel) is a 20 years old producer from the south of France. He started his musical career with a djembe gifted by his parents to him at the age of five. From these early days Valentin could spend entire afternoons listening to Rock’n’Roll classics with his father. From The Who to The Kooks with many in-between, this essential listening forged the first steps to Kungs inspiration as an artist.
Discovering a passion for electronic music in his teenaged years, Kungs became infused with interest for melodic sounds and crafted timbres always lead by a dominant vocal. By the age of seventeen his interests had evolved, and creating melodies using his own instruments became a passion.
Shortly after his first experiences with a digital production software, Valentin was sharing remixes across the board of online social networks. His remix of Bob Marley – ‘Jammin’ and Lana Del Rey ft Molly – ‘West Coast’ both boast several million plays on Soundcloud & YouTube.
After a few unofficial remixes, official remixes requests were around the corner. From Axwell & Ingrosso to Lost Frequencies, Kungs quickly became a key remixer for the other DJ producers. With early support slots with significant acts from many aspects of the melodic house landscape such as Kygo and Klingande, Kungs has quickly formed into a well established artist in the scene with a tendency to provide driven and impressive production and live sets.
In January 2016, Kungs traveled the European continent alongside David Guetta in order to ensure his Listen Tour’s warm-ups. Simultaneously, his tune « This Girl », a rework of the Australian band ‘Cookin’ On 3 Burners’, has been released mid-February in Europe. This track taking the deep soul classic and speeding things up a bit while adding catchy trumpets along literally blew up in the worldwide charts.
With a #1 position in 45 countries (including France, Germany, UK), “This Girl” also reached the #26 position in the Billboard Hot 100. Supported by Martin Solveig , The Chainsmokers, David Guetta or Tiesto, “ This Girl ” is now considered as one of the biggest track of 2016.
A few month later, the highly anticipated follow-up of “This Girl” called « Don’t You Know » featuring the British singer ‘Jamie N Commons’ as been released and hit the top 10 of most of the European countries charts including a #1 airplay in France and Germany.
In order to let the world discover his musical spectrum, Kungs released in November 2016 his debut album “LAYERS” lead by his new single “I Feel So Bad”. Two month after the release, LAYERS is already gold in France.
The young producer is now sharing his vibes around the world, playing alongside names like David Guetta or The Chainsmokers. Recently winner at the French Grammys for the best electronic/dance album of the year, Kungs will also play at the prestigious festival of Coachella in April. Back in the studio, there’s a lot more to come from the rising star in 2017.