More often than not, our lives reflect the preconditioned, rather than what’s really in our hearts. At Sydney Romantics we believe that what defines us and connects us as human beings are the things that we love. Through the Faces of Sydney collaboration with portrait photographer Jamie Espinosa, we’re telling the stories of our city, through its people and their passions.
What is your name & instagram handle?
My name is Lara King but I perform under the name “Lady King”. You can find me at @LADY.KING.MUSIC on Instagram
What’s your hustle?
I play, create, listen to, talk and teach music… It’s a heavy addiction.
I’m classically trained on cello and piano but I’ve recently found a liking for writing songs which birthed my musical project ‘Lady King’. When I’m not playing around on Soul, RnB, Jazz vibes I’m teaching music.
What is your idea of success?
To me success cannot be measured by title or status – It lies in the ability to do what makes you feel loved, inspired and productive. Success is being able to serve others willingly and gladly. I like to think success resembles a supreme sense of peace and love within and around you which reverberates within and around each and every person in your life.
What’s your favourite movie, TV show, song or book (pick 1)?
Oddly enough I have a strong love for music from the Romantic Era. Franz Liszt wrote a three part piano series called ‘Liebesträume’ which in German means “Love Dreams”. The last song (Liebesträume No.3) moves me in every way – I can listen to it time and time again and still feel just as emotional and excited as I did the first time. I recently read a quote where Liszt states “My sole ambition as a composer is to hurl my javelin into the infinite space of the future”. He’s certainly left a puncture wound in me…
What’s your guilty pleasure song?
I’m guilty for driving while screaming along to the song ‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias… BUT lining up Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’ straight after. Back to back they’re a love duet without knowing it!!! Timeless classics to me.
What’s your go to mid-week meal?
Too easy… Chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner
What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you?
I’ve had a special someone leave a note on my pillow saying “I love you darlin”… I recently discovered he left a bender at sunrise and snuck in while I was sleeping just to execute such a beautiful gesture. Romantic AF!
What does being a romantic mean to you?
Being romantic is being utterly obsessed and infatuated with love, whether it’s loving yourself or others – you just can’t help but live and breathe it. Symptoms can include: Getting carried away with ideas, always taking the scenic route, reading books & poetry, seeing beauty in everything and getting fulfilment from making others feel special.