It may be a celebration of Pop Punk at this iteration of Pile Up but that doesn’t mean there are no heavier bands included in the lineup. Fresh off headlining European dates, I sat down with Kaya Tarsus of Blood Youth to chat on what’s on the horizon.
Jack: Hello there, so you’re at Pop Punk Pile Up, how’s it feel to be a part of the festival?
Kaya: It’s great. We’ve literally just got here and we don’t know too much about it but it’s cool when I walked in, it looked really lively.
Jack: Oh absolutely, I’ve been waiting for this one for a while now and glad to see a bunch of local bands, it’s really good for the scene. You’ve just gotten off some headlining dates, how have those been going down?
Kaya: Amazing. It was so good, we’ve been all over Europe, headlining and playing festivals and we got back really late last night and it’s incredible playing to rooms of people all over the world.
Jack: And now you’re in the heart of England. Is this one of the last dates you have?
Kaya: This is one of the last dates before we go to the studio and start the new album. We’ve just been touring so much, we have to start work on the next one really.
Jack: Is that a personal reason, or the label saying you have to?
Kaya: It’s a bit of both. We’ve ended the cycle and now we’ll go in the studio in the next two months and crack on with that really. It’s very much the way everything’s scheduled with the label and our agents really. Around this time, we start work on the next steps basically
Jack: And you’ve got some pretty big festivals on the agenda as well, Jera On Air and Leeds and Reading.
Kaya: Yes we do. It’s gonna be really cool to play those.
Jack: If you can get a new track into those set, would you.
Kaya: Maybe, we’d have to record and work everything out first for that to happen but we’ll see. That’d be really cool to do.
Jack: The shows you’ve been doing recently have been in support of the debut record but how do those tracks feel now they’re one year on?
Kaya: Amazing really. I can’t believe that it’s one year already because that record has done so much for us. We’ve played arenas from that album supporting Prophets of Rage and touring all around the world, played Download Festival and this so it feels like we actually haven’t stopped playing that album which is really cool. We’re ready to change up the set now because we’ve played it so many times but as artists and musicians, it’s going to be great t mix it up.
Jack: I was going to ask about your tattoo, is that a reminder of something?
Kaya: That’s actually one of our songs, our only acoustic song and what might probably be our only acoustic song so it’s really personal to me so I always have that as a reminder.
Jack: I might have to get that as well, just breathe, just breathe.
Kaya: That to.
Jack: Is there anything not too many people know about the record?
Kaya: Not really, it speaks for itself and we speak for ourselves as musicians in the way we put out our music and how we advertise and what you see is what you get so there isn’t really any secrets. We’re a really aggressive band in our music and we might not be aggressive as people but it comes across on our stage shows.
Jack: On challenges in the past 12 months, what were your biggest in your eyes?
Kaya: Probably just personal challenges, being on the road a lot, there’s not any time for anything else. When you’re a band, the shows we play and the tours we do, there’s not much for anything else in your life in having a girlfriend or have a family life so that can really play on you as a person so I would say the biggest challenge in a band is how you are as a person.
Jack: Are you going to have any hobbies however little you might pick up or return to when you’re in the studio?
Kaya: Not in the studio, the only one I have is when I’m in my apartment and I get to play my PlayStation. So that’s the closest thing I have to a hobby.
Jack: Are you looking forward to any games in particular?
Kaya: God of war, the new one.
Kaya: Erm, days gone looks great
Jack: And then there’s a way out
Kaya: Aye, we play a lot of Fortnite on the road as well
Jack: I’ve been addicted to that lately, it’s not really helped
Kaya: But it’s a lot of fun
Jack: And apart from the record, what’s going to be the plan?
Kaya: Well in June and July we’ll be on the road with Stone Sour and we supported them for a tour and then we come back for some festivals but everything’s in motion at the minute for after the tour so that’s still in planning.
Jack: And if you could sum up the band in three words, what would they be?
Jack: This is always a difficult one for some bands but it’s surprising what words are said.
Kaya: Passionate, heavy and aggressive.
You can view Blood Youth’s latest video for Parasite below.