Potential Difference
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Potential Difference

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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"Local Acts: An Interview With Connor Carroll of Potential Difference"

We’d all like to pick up and leave all our troubles behind us, but the fact is that we’ve got to stick around, make a living, be responsible adults, I guess. But the song itself, “Snowmen and Angels,” is a form of leaving it all behind—even if just for a moment. That’s the beauty of songs like this. They give us a three-minute respite from the rat race. And maybe that’s the most we can ask from music.

I see Potential Difference as a sign of hope: A group of four young people slugging it out against all kinds of weird odds; four people honing their craft, and willing to sacrifice dignity temporarily, if it means learning how to do their job better next time. They pursue their music for the sheer enjoyment of the performance, and for the pleasure of hearing a finished product about which they can be proud to say, “That’s mine.”

Potential Difference shows me that despite the challenges, despite the setbacks, there’s nothing in the economy that can stifle the human drive to create new and better music. - We Are Panel


Still working on that hot first release.



Potential Difference is a Los Angeles based rock band consisting of singer/keyboardist/guitarist Connor Carroll, drummer Scott Miyako, bassist Kimberly Chai, and guitarist Steven Desa. The band was formed in October of 2005 when its members came together as students at UCLA. One half of the group was already set when Connor and Scott decided to start a band after having collaborated in songwriting for several years. After meeting Kim and Steven through a Facebook U2 Fan Club that Kim had created, the band quickly came together, building on their similar musical tastes and most importantly, their aspiration to write more music.

Since fall of 2005, Potential Difference has performed their music across Los Angeles, concentrating the majority of their gigs around the UCLA campus and West LA. Performances have included UCLA TV talk shows and several appearances on the main stage of Bruin Plaza. In addition, the band has also performed at local nightclubs including the famed Whisky A Go-Go and Knitting Factory. More recently, the band made their way down to Orange County to perform at the OC Fair.

When it comes to the music, Potential Difference would describe their sound as being of the “indie-rock” style, with songs ranging from thoughtful and melodic to more upbeat and rhythm-oriented. The band cites artists such as U2, the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, The Beatles, Coldplay, and the Shins as being big influences on their music; however more importantly, Potential Difference has also been carefully pioneering their own unique sound. After writing and rehearsing in their Torrance studio for the better part of two years, they find themselves continuously growing as a band and always excited to share their music with the public.

Potential Difference is currently in the studio recording their debut album, which is set to release in 2011.

Contact: potentialdifference at gmail dot com