Thursday, December 13, 2007
The Voice Behind the Keyboard.
A look at the world of the charismatic keyboardist for Scary Kids Scaring Kids. Meet Pouyan.
My VERY FIRST ever interview/article assigned to me was with up and coming rock band Scary Kids Scaring Kids. My first interview was with Pouyan. Needless to say, he didn't scare me off... Pouyan has a personality as unique as his name. He is creative and passionate about everything he does. His on stage shirtless antics and his intense interest in film make him unique in his field. He is funny, fun loving, and extremely proud of his band (Tyson, Steve, DJ, Chad, and James) and how far they have come. I have talked with many people throughout my life, I have to say Pouyan is one of the nicest guys I have ever talked with.
Have you ever thought that maybe this wasn’t for you, or you wanted to do something else?
I think everyone has whether they have vocalized it or not, I think everyone has kinda wanted to leave whatever they are doing and do something else especially when you have been in a band for as long as I have…the instability of the future kinda makes you want to go back to college and do something else, but we have all really come together as brothers, we are so close and we understand each other, we all really love what we do and we know each others personalities and that makes it easier to get over the small things. I am happier doing this than anything else I would be doing with my life.
When did you realize just how successful you have become?
To be honest, I think this year. We were able to put that kind of faith in ourselves to believe it ourselves. We have really started to become recognized, RCA picked us up and we were recommended to do a co-headlining tour. It’s cool because we are going to be doing co-headlining tour with a band that we really have looked up to over the years, Haste the Day. Our album is something we couldn’t be more proud of. This has been a really good year for us, and I only see it getting better.
What is the craziest thing to happen to you guys out on tour?
Actually I just thought about this… Touring internationally is probably a bad idea for us…we are a band that likes to have fun every night, and we realize when we are over there that we don’t get to be here to often so we tend to party ten times harder. Last time we were in the UK it was just a mess…there was one night specifically where it just was absolutely insane, I think we were in Scotland…yeah, it was Scotland… We were touring with a band, I think it was Candiria, and somehow or another we all got separated and DJ our bassist passed out and completely drunk in the archway of a shop and Candiria found him just passed out in the middle of the road and he would not have found his way back to the hotel. So, they lifted him up and put him into a cab and DJ didn’t remember what the name of the hotel was so they had to drive around until they found the right one. In the morning the hotel clerk told us that at 4 or 5 in the morning one of us had stumbled into the lobby and walked up to a planter and urinated all over the planter and then went up to their room. Haha… That was fun.
What is the best thing about being on tour?
Having a lot of great bands that have the same community vibe as us and they just want to make it a great time on top of having great shows. We find amazing things to do like play Uno and we develop rivalries and its just a good time.
What are your biggest influences outside of music?
Film definitely, I love movies. I love movies in the style of Eternal Sunshine and Adaptation that have many layers and a lot of depth and are imaginative.
(SIDE NOTE-Film is one of my FAVORITE things to discuss....I could have talked with him for HOURS about Eternal Sunshine)
What are your favorite songs to perform?
I think that Free Again is a lot of fun to perform; I think that it comes across better live than it does on the album; we get to add a little beef to it live. I also love playing the Deep End live.
What are you listening to these days?
I’m in GA now and I have nothing but the radio, but the most recent CD I was listening to is the latest Copeland CD. I also like The Weddings new CD. Pierce the Veil for sure, that’s in constant rotation. Oh, and the Water by Thrice. I am also listening to Jimmy Eat World, growing up in Arizona it was just all about Clarity. I could never bad mouth Jimmy Eat World.
Check out our new tour with Haste the Day. We are going to be all across the country, come out and check us out. Check out our Myspace and our new site www.scarykidssociety.com it’s kinda like a Myspace, but with more content more videos and pictures…fans can upload stuff, it’s pretty cool.
Scary Kids Scaring Kids is making their way onto IPods everywhere and they are co-headlining a tour with Haste the Day (along with Drop Dead, Gorgeous and Gwen Stacy) starting this January. With their bombastic edgy sound and their hopes high, their future is looking brighter than ever. Everyone who is reading this better check them out on the VS. Tour with Haste the Day, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and Gwen Stacy! You will not regret it. Visit their myspace (www.myspace.com/scarykids) for dates.
Each band member is their own character and brings their own flair to the music. I have been fortunate enough to meet all the members of SK at one time or another, they are all some of the nicest guys...really. I am glad that I have had to opportunity to work with them through Planet Verge, and I hope to involve them in other projects.
By Amanda who thanks ALL of SKSK from the bottom of her heart.