“The thing about pop music is that there is practically no difference between a track that has the whole club bouncing and some corny garbage juice,” says J.W. Frye longtime producer for Blackwater Railroad Company and one half of the live production duo Queen Solomon. “I like to think that we’ve workshopped these sounds enough to where people used to hearing contemporary music can’t tell the difference between their Spotify Playlist and our live set.”
Queen Solomon owes its polished sound in large part due to the exceptional live vocals of the band’s co-producer and lead singer Conway Seavey. Touring the state since he was 16, the charismatic frontman has earned a reputation as one of the Alaska’s most talented vocalist in the eponymous Conway Seavey Band. His voice resembles a mix between Adam Levine and Chris Brown, a formula that allows him to believably shift between pop, Neo-soul and classic rock all while Frye backs him up with a mixture of synth lines and slick DJ elements.
Seavey grew up in the small town of Sterling, Alaska where he carved out his own path in music within a family dog mushing dynasty.
“By the time I was 11 or 12 years old I was studying music and learning to play guitar, piano and drums,” Seavey says. “By the time I was a teenager I was recording and producing music.” He went on to explain that seeing a path for himself making the kind of music that he loves necessitated more than just being a talented performer and producer, there needed to be a larger and more developed music industry in the state. Enter J.W. Frye.
The pair began working together on the singing competition The Stars We Are in 2016 as a way to showcase and develop music and promotional savvy for Alaskan artists. In addition to producing Stars and managing the Downtown New Year’s Eve, the pair booked for and recorded artists like Whitney Youngman, Denali Romero and NPR Tiny Desk contest winner Quinn Christopherson. Through various shared projects in 2017 Frye and Seavey began to work as a production duo and Queen Solomon became their shared musical identity.
“Conway and I both have a complimentary skill set and shared vision for music,” Frye said. “But the synergy really comes from our common commitment to continuing to grow the music scene statewide and shining a spotlight on artists here.”
The pair do have a great chemistry onstage as well as on screen where they host the long-running television show called ‘The Venue’ on KTUU Channel 2 following Saturday Night Live. Frye says the show is as much about showcasing their music and personalities as it is about continuing the work they’ve done to help showcase and professionalize music entertainment throughout the state.
The group performs regularly around Anchorage and the surrounding areas. A full listing of events are available on on Facebook under their page Queen Solomon and on their weekly television show. If you are a video producer or band with a music video to promote you can DM them on Instagram @queensolomonofficial or email email@example.com to get it put into rotation on the Venue.