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Downstait's Vocal Virtuoso Reveals The Captivating Journey Of Pitching 'Kingdom' To Cody Rhodes

Downstait's Vocal Virtuoso Reveals The Captivating Journey Of Pitching 'Kingdom' To Cody Rhodes

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Marietta, May 25, 2023 - In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Daren Zachary Call, the esteemed lead singer of Downstait, delved into the profound impact of their song 'Kingdom' on the band's career trajectory. Despite their previous contributions, crafting resonating anthems for celebrated figures such as Dolph Ziggler and The Miz, it is 'Kingdom' that stands tall as the zenith of their musical prowess. This melodic masterpiece, originally conceived for the illustrious Cody Rhodes, has ascended to unprecedented heights, solidifying itself as the unequivocal magnum opus of Downstait.

The soaring strains of 'Kingdom' have reverberated within the hallowed arenas of not just the WWE, but also All Elite Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, IMPACT Wrestling, and various independent promotions. Call expounded upon the arduous process of presenting this opus to Rhodes, vividly recounting the moments wherein their creative vision aligned with the wrestling luminary's dynamic persona. It was this fortuitous convergence that served as the catalyst for their collective ascendancy, rescuing the band from the tempestuous tides of uncertainty and propelling them towards newfound success.

With impeccable grammar and an extensive lexicon, Downstait's frontman eloquently elucidated the pivotal role that 'Kingdom' played in salvaging the band's livelihood. This sonic opus not only elevated their artistic integrity but also endowed them with an enduring relevance in the tumultuous world of music.

“Cody, right when he broke away, he put out this Twitter thing — and we were kind of a sinking ship to be honest and Ryder kind of gave us a lifeline [as a band in general]. We had some success and we gained a little bit of notoriety just from being involved with WWE, but we hadn’t put an album out since 2013 and we weren’t really thinking about writing. I’m an administrator at a school, Sean’s a lawyer, and my brother runs a body shop. We got old and living in a van or a tour bus is kind of tough, especially on older guys or guys with family like my brother. I just was on Twitter and I was in my feels a little bit like ‘Dude, we’re not done yet.’

We just got on SmackDown two weeks ago with the Radio cover, which we did in a bedroom. Cody put out a tweet saying what entrance music should I use on the indies and he said something about throne by Bring Me The Horizon. I was wearing that album out at the time. I knew one by being such a big fan of his since he showed up with Bob Holly, I knew this dude’s character. I’m a wrestling historian, I know what he wants to sing about and I know what he’s going through a little bit just because dirt sheets are sometimes right, but at the same time, this dude should be getting a better opportunity.

So, we sent him a tweet through whomever we’d already worked for and said ‘Hey man, can we give this song a shot?’, and we sent him a snippet of what we were thinking about and I sent him…Hard Times Breed Better Men is just straight copped from his dad’s promo, so I was like ‘Without being patronized in this situation and being a dummy, how can I just sell this character a little bit to the guy that’s doing it.’ So Sean and I sat down and went on a little bit of a wine binger and sent something back to him within like four hours and he highlighted the lyrics that everybody is singing now. We went back and recorded it, sent it back to him, he took it to Wrestle Kingdom, Battleground, Slammiversary, he took it everywhere with him. It was incredible and it gave us enough confidence [that] the old dog can still play with the young dogs. We did that and he started taking it everywhere with him and the song was catching on.”

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