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Kyle Riabko Interview (pg. 2)

Find out what Kyle Riabko had to say when he sat down to chat with Sindy!
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Sindy: How about your favorite place you've ever played?
Kyle Riabko: Umm, I've played a lot of places and they're all amazing. But as weird as this sounds - Boulder, Colorado is one of my favorite cities in the world. It's an amazing little place and very musical and everybody's laid back and everybody's cool. We've had nothing but great shows there.

Sindy: How about a place you haven't been to but would like to go to?
Kyle Riabko: I would love to just go anywhere in Europe. I'd flip to go to Europe or just anywhere overseas. I've never been anywhere but North America. And I think there's plans for that very soon.

Sindy: That's exciting! How much down time do you get then?
Kyle Riabko: Uhhh, not a lot. For over the last year and a half I've been taking school on the road as well. Which I'm almost done, and I'm very excited to almost be done but at the same time it's been a great experience. But because of that, my downtime is completley spent doing school work. So I haven't had much time at all, I've just been very busy. Which is cool cuz it just makes things go by very fast.

Sindy: So what do you do when you do have a little time to yourself?
Kyle Riabko: I just try to relax or read or watch movies. Or just hang out with friends if I can. There's not a lot of that on the road though cuz you're by yourself and so you're either working or working.

Sindy: Right. How have your friends reacted to your fame?
Kyle Riabko: My friends love it. I mean it's kind of sad, I don't have a lot of time to spend with my friends anymore. I talk to very few people on the phone frequently. And I feel bad but at the same time, that's what this is all about. I make a lot of friends on the road. So my whole friendship thing has completely turned 180 over the last two years. There's just not a whole lot of people from home that I see all the time. I think the only people that I stll see all the time and who will travel with me are my parents, my girlfriend and my brother. Other than that, I don't have a lot of close, close people from back home.

Sindy: Did you want to stick to singing or have you ever had a desire to act?
Kyle Riabko: I've been doing a little bit of acting lately and we've been [kwlink]auditioning[/kwlink] for some things. I've been acitng since I was in school, but it's not my main thing. Music is my main thing. I don't want to become an enterprise like Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan. I just want to do things when they feel right and when they feel artistic and when I really enjoy what I'm doing.

Sindy: Do you have any particular projects that you're working on right now?
Kyle Riabko: There's a couple of things... There's a sitcom in the works that we're looking at but there's nothing confirmed at all. But we're just looking around, it's not a priority right now with the record coming out we want to focus on the music right now.

Sindy: What are some of your favorite TV shows?
Kyle Riabko: I love cartoons like The Simpsons and The Family Guy and things like that - just like every other musician on the road. I'm a sucker for old sitcoms like Fresh Prince and things like that. But as far as new shows go, I'm really digging this new wave of comedy with Curb Your Enthusiasm and the British version of The Office, not the American version, which I hate. I love those kind of shows. We don't have a lot of time to watch TV on the road but we watch a ton of DVDs, so we have those always running.

Sindy: What's your favorite movie?
Kyle Riabko: Oh my god, I love so many movies. Magnolia is one of my favorite movies of all time. And any other Paul Thomas Anderson movie I love.

Sindy: How about your favorite food?
Kyle Riabko: I love any kind of pasta or any of my mom's sandwiches. She makes the best sandwiches.

Sindy: Do you have any pets?
Kyle Riabko: I don't have any pets, but I want to have a dog someday soon. I have plans to, yeah. I don't know what kind, but a big one.

Sindy: You mentioned that you had a girlfriend, what kind of things do you look for in a girl?
Kyle Riabko: Oh um, just the standard stuff that every guy says, you know fun... I really look for a best friend first. I've actually been best friends with my girlfriend for years now, like three or four years. Because then there's no pressure anywhere else. You're just hanging out as friends. And obviously someone who can handle the fact that I am never home. I'm just literally never home so she comes out with me quite a bit, or we try to anyways. And whenever I'm home we try and spend all our time together. So, someone who can handle talking on the phone every night, you know?

Sindy: What kind of advice do you have for kids wanting to get into the music industry?
Kyle Riabko: It's very cliche but I mean, just practice, practice, practice. You're not going to get anywhere if you don't play your instrument. There's this new wave of music on TV and on the radio that's just very instant success and people have to realize that that's just not going to stick, it's not the way music works. Music is an artform that you have to start early and work your way up so the only way to do that is to practice, practice, practice. Also, I strongly believe that you cannot learn by yourself, you have to play with other musicians. The feeding off of other musicians, even if they're at the same level as you are, you learn so much from each other just from the rhythms that you feed each other. You'll get better a thousand times faster.

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