The King was born in 1964, in Santa Monicas, Californias. He is of Italian and Native American descent. He grew up in Culver City, California.
He began playing in «a lot of backyard party bands», playing music by Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Rush, and Led Zeppelin. He went to jazz school when he was 19 with the intention of becoming a studio musician, however he maintained his passion for rock and metal.