Hollywood Nightmare was founded by Scott Mik. Other members who joined to complete the lineup were Logan Alger, Kyle Davies, and Luke Nightmare. They released their debut EP Scary AF in 2019 and had 250K annual listeners on Spotify, with their song Controlled being their biggest hit and airing on internet radio all over the world. They followed up their EP by releasing back-to-back singles such as Fire, The Haunted, and Ash which reached 25K views within the first month of release on YouTube. HN has been pushing through the pandemic as is excited to release new material that will be coming soon in 2021
How did you first get into music? Who or what turned you on to progressive rock?
Scott Mik – From learning guitar lol, the bands that turned me on to prog was probably Chon and Polyphia
What got you started playing music and how old were you? How did you become a guitarist?
Scott Mik – I was learning classical piano from age 6 to 11 but I never good at it, but I was always surrounded by guitar driven music, like anime sound tracks in those shows I was watching at the time lol. I received a very whacky but meaningful acoustic guitar from my grandpa as birthday gift when I turned 11, and I’ve been playing ever since that day.
What are your influences personally and the band’s influences musically? Which artist has inspired you the most?
Scott Mik – I’m huge influenced by a lot guitar driven music such as rock, metal, Hardcore, metal core, edm, Dubstep and Lofi. With lots more to name but those are probably the main genres we listen to. The artists that probably most inspired me and the band are Linkin Park, Escape the Fate, Motley Crue, Parkway Drive, Thy Art is Murder, Polyphia, Beartooth, I Prevail, Periphery and many more.
Are you proficient in any other instruments? Have you always been creative?
Scott Mik – Besides guitar, I also play bass, scream and a bit drums, but I’ve always been doing production works from making instrumental demos to mix and mastering tracks and yes I’ve always been really creative lolol .
What was the local scene like where you’re from, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now? What do you think separates bands of today from bands of the past?
Scott Mik – To be honest, the relevant local scenes out here in Hollywood are Glam, Goth, Emo, Thrash and Rap, for the rest… well let’s just say they are out numbered by those scene kids. Through time to time, there’s always one group that achieved “the sound” and every other local band are trying to copy them, back in the day we all know Motley Crue, Guns N Roses and all the legends. Nowadays, we don’t really have that one band, but I know what separate the past and now isn’t the attitude but the delivery, almost like you have to force yourself to create your own style that is unique enough yet likable that no one has done before.
How did Hollywood Nightmare come about? Where did you develop the name? Where is it derived from? What other band names were considered? How would you best describe your sound?
Scott Mik – At first, I was studying at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and met most of our current and past members thru there. The location gave half of our name and the lifestyle in Hollywood determined the other half. Hollywood isn’t the place to go to for your dreams unless you are willing to sacrifice everything, a lot artists were just like me, coming out to Hollywood for their career, but through out the journey, they lost themselves, lost the money, lost the motivation which lead them to fail. The best way to describe our sound is energetic but doesn’t loose the heaviness, this will all make sense when you see us live and listen to our records.
Who living or dead is in your dream 5 piece super group? Who would you like to interview and what would you ask them?
Scott Mik – Bring Me The Horizon, how they can continuously make relevant music. And if it was something they had to learn to do or if it truly is natural.
What kind of gear is bringing us the Hollywood Nightmare sound? New endorsements and dream endorsements?
Scott Mik – In order to achieve our sound, mostly are based on our guitar and bass tone and tuning and processing in computer. What I play live and in studio are E-II FR 6 and 7 strings and E-II FRX FM in tunings of drop C and drop A, and we run our signals thru Kemper profiler with APEX Horizon which gives very clean djenty tone live. For bass, we are using Squire p bass which gives the perfect bright sound with “darkglass distortion” . My dream endorsement company is gonna be ESP Guitars.
Name the one album that epitomizes your style of music above all others? What’s your go to album for motivation? Why that album?
Scott Mik – The one album that defines me is Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park, believe or not they were the band that introduced me into metal style of music when I was 13, even though they aren’t that heavy and the album pretty much gave me a vision of my sound from today. The go to album for motivation is “The Black Crown” by Suicide Silence. Again, this band got me into “Core” scene when I was digging around interesting music. Because of this band, I wanted to do take music as my career, I’ve always been angry as a teenager, I felt the instant connection thru “YOLO” the first time hearing it and that album was pretty much my whole freshman year in high school. Every time I feel out of juice, I’ll crank up that album to remember why I stated doing this in the first place. And here’s an answer from our singer Kyle for that:
Kyle Davies – An album that defines me would have to be “Suicide Session” by Bring Me The Horizon. I can’t really explain why, but it was just one of those albums that made me really want to have hard hitting vocals and it really made me wanna do music. But that’s also asking my 2010 self. But an album that really inspires me today would definitely be “Finding God Before God Finds Me” by Bad Omens. Such a fucking masterpiece of an album.
Who have been some of your favorite bands you’ve hung out with and shared the stage with?
Scott Mik – Favorite local band in LA right now? Easy. “Revelry Gang”. We’ve played so many shows with them, and our bands are so in sync with each other that we can’t help but love those fuckers.
Do you still buy cds or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use? What do you like about them?
I still listen to CD’s because I like having a hard copy and I think buying the music is just so much more meaningful to the bands growth, and they are just really cool to have when you show others what you jam.
Bands you would love to tour with on a dream tour package?
Falling in Reverse, Bring Me The Horizon
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
Please play YOLO by Suicide Silence on my funeral. I’ll take This War Is Ours by Escape the Fate, Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park and Sempiternal by BMTH
Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes and what’s next?