Touching on the progression of Ayria’s sound and life on the road, Jennifer Parkin reveals who would win in a death match between her and Caustic.
An InterView with Jennifer Parkin of Ayria
By Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)
How’s the tour been treating you?
Parkin: It’s going really well. It’s kind of like a déjà vu tour because we toured with Project Pitchfork in 2010, but we thought we’d combine again and go on the road. And we’re noticing the crowds are bigger! It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also very tiring. This is our second stretch of a bunch of shows in a row. We’ve only had about one day off so far, and that’s because we had to drive about nine hours; very tiring, but every time we play the shows, it’s great, and the crowds have been amazing to us.
This is one of your longer spanning tours in some time.
Parkin: Yeah! I haven’t done a tour this long since the 2010 one. I’ve done a couple other short tours and one-off gigs, but it’s been a couple years since I’ve done this type of tour. But then again, I’ve also done the three month tours with the Crüxshadows, so I’m seasoned. I can be gone for a while.
Do you prefer the longer runs or the short bursts?
Parkin: I like the one month. It’s a perfect amount to hit the U.S. The three month was amazing, but that’s a long time to be away from your home. And this one’s tightly packed so you don’t have a whole lot of days off, but you hit all the major cities and you’re done.
Plastic Makes Perfect was announced for release two years ago and just released last month. What caused the delay?
How does this separate from your previous work?
Parkin: Oh man… this album I approached a lot differently. I was really stressed out having to follow up something like Hearts for Bullets, which I thought was a really strong release. You have that chance where everyone can go, ‘That’s it. That’s the peak, and I can’t imagine she’d do anything as good as that.’ So I had that pressure on me. I approached songwriting a little differently. I wanted to develop myself as a songwriter. I find the programming on this CD has more density. Hearts for Bullets was very simple and in-your-face but really strong songs, whereas this tries more instrumental solos and layering and bridges. In Hearts for Bullets, I love the approach in a song like ‘Analog Trash,’ but it was my first time doing something like that and I wanted to take things a little bit further. That song’s a little repetitive, so let’s try bridges and developing the songwriting more. That’s what I focused on here.
Are you trying to break away from the pop feel, or are you still embracing it?
Parkin: No! I embrace it all. I love that people ask, ‘What kind of music is Ayria?’ and nobody knows how to really describe it. ‘Well, she’s in industrial, she’s got some industrial songs, some EDM, some electro-pop…’ It would bore me to death to be a one genre band, repeating the same style over and over. I want to challenge myself. If there’s a genre I like or elements I like, I’m going to go for it.
What are you looking forward to on the remainder of the tour?
You’ve been thrown into a death match with fellow artist Caustic. What is your weapon of choice and how do you defeat him?
Parkin: Oh, we already went through this. I did defeat him: I used my glitter bombs, they got in his eyes, and he was pretty much rendered totally useless. I am the champion, and if he says otherwise, he’s lying.