Kiowa Gordon Talks Music and Movies

July 3rd, 2012 by Mike

Kiowa Gordon: Photo by Darren Tieste

In a recent interview with Indian Country Today Media Network Kiowa Gordon, Hualapai,best known for playing Embry Call in the Twilight Saga movies, shared his thoughts on the future of his career in Hollywood and his love of music and acting.

What’s your history as a musician?

As far as I can remember, I’ve been making noises with my mouth and I’ve always loved it. I never cared what anyone thought. I didn’t start off so great. My voice gets really annoying. I had to keep testing myself and pushing myself to do better vocally and get a grasp on the power of my voice. I never classically trained or had singing lessons. At one point I wanted to play drums. I love the booming, crashing and resonating sounds. Then for some reason in junior high, when I lived in Mesa back in 2004, my best friend Luke Blanchard wanted to start a band and have me play the drums. I’ve never played the drums before but my mom bought me a kit from a pawnshop for about $100. The kit was out of tune and worn. I had no idea what I was doing and couldn’t keep a beat, but I still banged on those drums. That didn’t last too long though.

What encouraged you to give it another shot?

In 2006 I moved to London for a year, so for a while I wasn’t doing anything musically, but I was always determined to sing in a band. I moved back to Arizona in 2007 where Luke and I tried once again to start a band. This time it was metal. I was supposed to do really high pitched screeching screams. That didn’t last either. I watched Circa Survive play the Warped Tour in the summer of ’07, and as soon as it was over I was inspired to train my voice to its full potential.

Had you already begun your acting career?

No, in 2008 I moved to Cave Creek, Arizona and took an acting class in my new high school and had a lot of fun with it. My mom has been into acting since I could remember as well. We love to watch movies too, even bad ones to learn from them. Then from there I was on the verge of graduating and I got the opportunity to audition for The Twilight Saga: New Moon. After I booked the gig and finished filming, I moved to L.A. to pursue my acting career further.

At that point would you say you were choosing acting over music?

I was living with my brother Josh for a bit and I started to itch for music. I wanted all my old friends with me and to make a band that focused on blending a lot of different genres. In January of 2010 I regrouped with Luke, who had taken, like, six years of guitar lessons. Bill Fell played keyboard for forever and Randy Leyva, who only taught himself for 2 years on drums. We were missing a bassist though, so I thought I would pick it up and try it out. Obviously, I wasn’t good enough to start writing bass lines and sing, so we enlisted an old friend, Ross Burrows from Mesa. We finally started a band we all somewhat wanted play in, but after seven months of hitting the grind, and me filming the Twilight Saga in between, I had to leave indefinitely to focus on acting. Both acting and singing are my passions. I won’t ever stop either one.

Continue reading the interview at Indian Country Media Today

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