Young Old Man
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Young Old Man

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Blues


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The best kept secret in music


"Yound Old Man: A Warriors Prayer"

KH: What acts past and present do you consider to be your biggest influences?

RW: Neema (one of the members) and I had very different experiences growing up. He’s Iranian but grew up in a completely black district of D.C. He also has a condition that makes him look different so he had to find a way to fit in. For him, that route was through the culture of black music. But somewhere along the line his mother and father started playing more traditional music of their ancestors. Where this fits into our music is that we would show each other these various sounds and influences. He actually introduced me to a lot of African music – Fela Kuti, Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwin – and as soon as he played them it changed my life. It was a groove that comes from struggle, a groove that’s played in pain. We also have a deep love for jazz, Billie Holiday, King Crimson. We found a lot in those artists that stood outside of the box purposefully.

KH: Tell us something about the band that we can’t find on Google.

RW: Our drummer (Kiran Gandhi) is a female drummer from India. Also my Bass player, Francisco Morales, and I are in another band called Blac Jesus and the Experimentalists. We’re pretty vague about things online – most pictures don’t feature all the members and sometimes none of the members. We do it that way because we feel that we’re all vessels for the music.

KH: How did you come up with the name Young Old Man, and what meaning does it have?

RW: [Laughs] It has multiple meanings. I’ve never felt like a young man. I’ve never acted like one either. Some people have a way of living that is old-fashioned [laughs] – maybe a way of dress, maybe a way of thinking – and all of that would be a part of my personality. So I guess that name is an extension of our characters, even Kiran. She’s very powerful in her spirit and she’s actually the one who came up with the name. She would always say to me and Neema, “You’re such young old men” and it stuck. We said, “You’re right.” It’s not everyday you see a dude with a pipe and a cardigan. We had other ideas but this one seemed to fit the best. We thought about the past and the present, the old and the young, our ancestry, all embodied in this music. In one way we’re keeping it alive, another way situating the music, another way revolutionizing what we’ve heard. It’s not music for the club, it’s music for your life.

KH: Other than your own music, what music are you listening to?

RW: Gotta love Thom Yorke. He’s amazing, but he’s not the only. I’m really into James Brown right now. It has nothing to do with our music but then again maybe it does. He’s a big part of the African-American culture and he said it loud: “I’m black and I’m proud.” He made me proud to be black.

KH: What’s next for Young Old Man, and for Runson Willis?

RW: Well, those are two different things. I’m doing some things that are not conducive to the lifestyle of a “rock and roll” musician. I make music for the people. It’s not for me. And it made me realize that it never has been. We all use music to embody something greater than ourselves. With Runson Willis, I’m a servant of God so my music is about blessing people’s lives. There’s many things to come: we just released a music video a month ago and it’s doing well so far. I’m working on my solo stuff and recorded another music video a few days ago. I look back and most of this music has emerged from struggle. With Young Old Man, we’re going to continue recording tracks and we’re about to do a full-length album. We’ll see what happens with that. We’ll keep it classy, keep it about the people, don’t make it about ourselves. People get too caught up in that. They keep saying “I want to make it.” I say “Make what? Make Art? So make art. Don’t let what people call art make you.” - Cultural Weekly


Still working on that hot first release.



Young Old Man is a 3-piece tribal blues band that formed several years ago in LA. The band focuses on creating rhythmic soundscapes by reacting to momentary influences - people in the audience, nature of the venue and new instruments. They translate personal narratives into soulful, beat-oriented music that rocks hard and engages the audience. Each member's family hails from different parts of the world - Iran, West Africa and India - and so even though Runson, Neema and Kiran were born and raised in the US, their music draws from these traditions.

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