How would you describe your music?
Scarlett: I’d like to think that our music is dynamic; it’s energetic, uplifting, driving, and pretty bold.
Dustin: It is similar to the music in the opening or closing credit sequences of an energetic anime.
Josh: Unique, catchy, and entertaining. I Didn’t join Pyrotechnica until they were already a band for about 2 years. And as someone in the crowed when I saw them live those were my thoughts. I was impressed.
Ben: Like you’re in an RPG and you’re about to fight the final boss!
Tell us about how the history of the project?
The band started in 2015 with Scarlett, Ben and Dustin as a fun outlet for all of us and eventually became our lives. We had two drummers prior to Josh but ever since he joined he’s been a perfect fit for us and has really helped the band progress.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Scarlett: Growing up, I listened to a lot of MandoPop. Eg.) Jay Chou, F.I.R.飛兒樂團, MayDay五月天, JJ Lin, and S.H.E. I also listened to a lot of JRock. Eg.) L’arc En Ciel, GLAY, Dir En Grey, Judy & Mary, Janne Da Arc, and Plastic Tree. I really took to the Gorillaz in middle school – they taught me that music and visual art truly belong together. I could go on and on about all the bands and artists I look up to, but that would take forever!
Dustin: I listen to all kinds of music, but progressive bands like Opeth, The Contortionist, and Coheed and Cambria certainly influenced me the most in recent years. Currently, I am on a Periphery, Architects, and BTBAM bender.
Josh: At first punk. My first influence in that genre was Bad religion and then I branched out to others such as Anti flag, Leftover Crack, and Virus. Obviously I play a very different genre, but I would like to thank those bands for wanting me to start hitting things.
Ben: Definitely the soundtracks from the Final Fantasy series got me into really loving music. Heroes would be a long list but referring to musical heroes I would say Evan Brewer, Marcus Miller and anything Trivium.
What inspires you?
Scarlett: Experiences. Adventure. Usually I find that changing my surroundings, and challenging myself to innocently step out of my comfort zone (eg. something as simple as trying out that new 5-star ramen joint by myself when I have alone-time) help clear away writers-block.
Dustin: Listening to new music from my favourite artists.
Josh: Watching other drummers. At shows I off course immediately watch the drummer and observe their style and how they play to the song and groove with it.
Ben: Being around hard working people who continue to pursue their dreams.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Scarlett: I haven’t written a complete song on the road yet, and I have never written a song in-studio. I’m not ruling either of those possibilities out. I think I’m comfortable writing wherever, whenever, with my band, as long as we’re all in a creative-mindset.
Dustin: Ben or Scarlett will send me a song idea, and I will work on it from home, and we send ideas back and forth.
Josh: Being a drummer that’s fairly hard. But when we do have long drives I listen to a lot of music in some cases the same song over and over again really listening to the drummer and what they do. Its also cool when the driver plays something different than what I would. Studio wise no because I prefer to already know my parts and be comfortable.
Ben: Depends. When we’re on the road I don’t always have the time to sit down and think about creating. Though I have created a song on one occasion on the road but most of time I enjoy just being at home writing.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Scarlett: My favourite song to perform live is from our new album in the making, called Act This Way.
Dustin: “One Of A Kind” from our new album we are releasing later this year. It is by far one of the most challenging and diverse songs we have written.
Josh: A new song called One of a kind featured on the upcoming album. Its the last song we wrote before recording and this was when I felt alot more comfortable to try different things.
Ben: “You Can’t Phase Me Out”. That song I feel is the perfect example of what we’re all about.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Scarlett: I would love to tour with One OK Rock, Don Broco, Against The Current, Fall Out Boy, I See Stars, and like…Attila. Yes.
Dustin: Coheed and Cambria, Good Tiger, and In Flames.
Josh: A festival similar to Warped Tour (RIP), just 2 months of non stop shows with various genres and artists.
Ben: Trivium, Periphery, Against the Current and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a tough industry. It’s very oversaturated and easy to get lost in. What it seems like now is it’s not so much about the technicality of the music you’re releasing or even perfecting your live shows but how hard you are willing to work. So many bands have an amazing live sound and release amazing songs but continue to have no fan base and struggle to keep their dreams going and a lot of the time it goes back to work ethic. We’ve seen it in other ways too where bands will have an okay sound live and may not be the best musicians but tour all the time and have a large fan base. It’s because they put in the work.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Dustin: Taking a nap in a park in Denver, Colorado in the afternoon on a really beautiful day after a long drive, I got some strange looks from the locals. It’s okay though, later I made friends with some chubby squirrels.
Josh: Learning Dustin snores like a demon.
Ben: Watching Scarlett sell her shirt to a fan after a set. We had gas money! Thank you good sir!
What are your future plans?
Releasing new music, planning more tours! New Merch!