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Musician Dad Interview with Scott Berrier of Powercloud
June 2012
Scott Berrier
Name: Scott Berrier
Bands: Powercloud
Websites: blondenamusic.com/powercloud.htmlfacebook.com/POWERCLOUD
Listen to “When the Smoke is Going Down” by Powercloud

QRD – How old were you when you first realized you wanted to be a professional musician?

Scott – Professionalism was never an option.  I think I was 40 when I finally decided to take Bryce Clayton Eiman up on his suggestion that I play some of my boxes. [Scott builds simple synthesizers, usually housed in cigar boxes - QRD]

QRD – What are a few highlights of your musical career?

Scott – This is one of the highlights. I think Mark & I both are always excited & honored whenever we’re invited to play or contribute.  I guess our “big show” was SignalFest this past year, & having Shaun Sandor release our CD on Blondena was a big deal for us, too.

QRD – At what age did you decide you wanted to become a father?

Scott – I was told to prepare for fatherhood when I was 33.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your family has had on your career?

Scott – Family life hasn’t impacted my “career” much at all.  Building & making sounds is what I do on the side.  My little hobby.

QRD – What are some positive & negative impacts your career has had on your family?

Scott – Again, there’s not a lot of crossover.  Having a kid means it’s a little difficult to get the wife out to the shows.

QRD – Has your son effected the music you make &/or listen to?

Scott – Not really.  My son gets to listen to the same nutty stuff I do (though I’m not sure how much he enjoys it) & I’ve purged Raffi from my memory.

QRD – Have you had problems with the lack of steady money from a musical career providing the security you feel necessary in your household?

Scott – Not being a professional musician helps in this regard, as I don’t rely on any $ rolling in.  We took home $25 after a show at the Cave one night.  Pretty sure that money’s spent.

QRD – Given the limitations having a family has on being a touring musician, would you have toured more earlier in life if you’d known?

Scott – I would have done a lot of this earlier in life had it been something I thought I could do.  &, yeah, I would have hoped to have toured/traveled more.

QRD – Do you think being a father or a musician has a greater impact on your community?

Scott – Being a father has a much larger impact.

QRD – Would you rather see your son eventually become a musician or parent?

Scott – He can be anything he wants to be.  Why not both?

QRD – Both family & music seem like things that will take up as much of your time as you’re willing to put in.  How do you end up dividing your time?

Scott – 90% family, 10% music. 

QRD – What does your son think of your music?

Scott – I don’t know if my son likes my music, but I think he sees it as being just as valid as anything else coming out of a speaker.  Hopefully, being exposed to improvisation & “noise” will keep him open to new musical experiences as he gets older.

QRD – Do you think you could ever do a musical project with your child?

Scott – Yes!  I see wonderful science/electronic projects in our future.  &, if he ever decides to play something, hopefully we can play together.

QRD – Any words of advice to young people?

Scott – Keep an open mind & stay off my lawn.

QRD – 2015 update - any new insight from three more years of fatherhood?

Scott – I’m finding less time to play than I used to, but I’ve compensated for that by building more instruments. Tobin is playing guitar now & his interest seems to be growing, albeit very slowly.  He’s been introduced to Mr. Distortion & they seem to get along well & there’s occasional talk of forming a band with friends. We’ll see....