Prizefighter Profile Week: Meet Ryan Peterson
To close out Prizefighter Profile Week, we bring you the last member of MNSKA band The Prizefighters: Ryan Peterson. Hope to see you out at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis TONIGHT where The Prizefighters will release their 7-inch vinyl series “A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!” with special guests Rocksteady Breakfast and Panther Ray. 9pm doors, 18+, $7, and $3 pints of Summit beer all night long!
Name: Ryan Peterson
Home Town: Bloomington, MN
Band Role: Trombone, etc. (aux percussion, backing vocals).
Years active in the band: 2.5
Instrument of choice: Trombone
Do you play any other instruments: Not well enough to really count
How did you get started in music: I started by singing in church choir, starting at about 5 years old, probably. Then, I picked up the trombone in 5th Grade, with my primary goal of playing in marching band.
How’d you discover ska/reggae/rocksteady/etc: I was in high school in the mid-90′s, when ska-punk was everywhere. I had marching band buddies who introduced me to that. Being the huge nerd that I was (*am*), it seemed great that these guys playing band instruments could be rock stars. That was like a gateway genre to more traditional ska and reggae.
What other music genres are you interested in: I like a wide variety of music from jazz to pop to classical – I’m not a fan of country, but I probably would appreciate it if someone introduced me to some good stuff.
What other hobbies do you have outside of music: I’m an avid soccer player and fan.
Favorite band: They Might Be Giants (uh oh, here we go – this is where my inner nerd starts to shine through)
Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings (hey, Lord of the Rings is cool now, right?)
Favorite movie: Jurassic Park, or maybe the Star Wars trilogy (of course)
Favorite TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Freaks and Geeks (no comment)
What has been you favorite performance/show you have played: We have played in New Ulm at The Grand Kabaret twice now. The first time was one of my favorite shows. We were the only band on the bill and we played 3 sets, which forced us to play basically every song that we know. We went into it with no expectations – we didn’t know if anyone would be there, or if people would just be eating dinner and not paying any attention to the music. Instead, it was packed, the crowd was great, and they stayed and danced all night.
Has there been a show where you just didn’t feel it / What did you do to improve on it next time: I don’t know about a whole show, but sometimes a particular song doesn’t go too well. I can think of times where we start playing something new and I have totally forgotten what note I’m supposed to start on – once it gets going, though, I usually figure it out pretty quickly. I make sure to remember for next time, though.
What are you must proud in your musical career: It sounds really cheesy, but it’s amazing to look out into a crowd and see smiling, singing faces. No matter what scale of a show it happens to be, it feels great to be able to make music that makes people smile and dance.
What would you like to improve upon: I wish I knew music theory better – it would help when playing solos in particular, so I wouldn’t have to think so much about what notes work in the key.
What would you like to see happen for your career: I’d love to go on an international tour someday.
What would you like to see happen for the future of MNSka: I want it to continue to grow, at least to the point where we are a definite stop on any ska band’s tour – too many bands skip by us because we’re so far out of the way. The bigger we get, the easier it will be to convince them to make the trip.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why: The ability to slow or stop time – there just aren’t enough hours in the day, or days in the week, to do everything I want to do.