We previously supported New York City’s MissYou with our premiere of their “Your Body” music video, and now the dudes are back in the saddle with the recent release of their latest single, “Notthatdeep” (stream it on Spotify). The new tune marks yet another in a growing list of singles the band has released in recent months; each helping to grow their audience one day, and one fan at a time.
Well-regarded for their broad mixture of alternative and rock influences, film and visual arts, MissYou view every picture and sound they create as part of a broader story. Their music has been described as ominous, dark and sexy, a blend of dark pop that puts a strong emphasis on storytelling and moving their listeners. The band members strongly believe in the unmatched value of free expression and they certainly don’t hesitate to speak their minds. Despite their overarching focus on creating unrivalled listening experiences, these musicians also are very talented individuals in other ways, with a wide array of interests.
For instance, aside from his talents as a vocalist, MissYou lead singer Blaise Beyhan is quite the fitness buff. Beyhan is one of the most physically active musicians you’ll ever find, a man who puts a strong emphasis on the health of his body, his fitness level, and his overall well-being. In another edition of our Pumping Metal interview series, we caught up with Beyhan to ask him some more about his workout regimen, the type of workouts on which he focuses, and what music gets him really feeling pumped and his blood flowing.
Released just last month, check out Missyou’s new music video for “Notthatdeep:”
Why and when did you get into fitness in the first place?
Blaise Beyhan: “I grew up in Alaska; you either hibernate or learn to be active. When me and my brother would fight, my step father would make us take it outside, and when its 30 (degrees) below you tend to make up pretty fast. We did not have TV, we had a movie library, but even in the dead of winter, we spent quite a lot of time outside chopping wood, shoveling snow, or beating each other up in one of our many iterations of sports. If you don’t keep moving, you freeze, so here we are.”
What about exercise, health and fitness makes you take it seriously?
Beyhan: “Health and feeling connected to your body is vital to understanding where you are going and what you are capable of. The only way to take your health is seriously; I want to survive the apocalypse if I can help it as well.”
Weights, cardio, calisthenics, CrossFit, MMA... what's your jam?
Beyhan: “Boxing, biking, running, lifting, yoga. I like to keep my mind and body engaged if I can. It’s important to switch it up and to shock the system. I think you need to respect the evolution of your mind as well as your body. Stimulus and challenge is the only way to stay in the present.”
Blaise Beyhan loves him some fitness and this mini gallery of shots proves it:
Describe your weekly routine and/or an average workout for you?
Beyhan: “Boxing, biking, lifting, hiking, yoga. It changes every week, I think it’s important to not plan it out too much to not be too neurotic about it. The seasons change things up too, sometimes I surf, sometimes I also like to snowboard or canoe.”
What music gets you extra pumped when you’re exercising?
Beyhan: “Hardcore, Underoath, Falling in Reverse, yungblud, nothing,nowhere; I usually listen to things that have a primal energetic sound when I’m active.”
Do you ever listen to your own band’s music when working out?
Beyhan: “No, it’s too distracting to do that.”
Check out the band’s “YourBody” music video.
Being a touring musician, how do you stay fit on the road?
Beyhan: “Shadowboxing, yoga. I wake up early and like to get moving.”
Some people go vegetarian and vegan while others slam steaks, whole poultry farms, and a kitchen sink in regimented six-meal sittings. Where does your diet sit?
Beyhan: “I grew up vegan, so I know no other way really. But to each his own!”
Supplements, yay or nay, and why/why not?
Beyhan: “Nay, whole food, nothing processed.”
Morning, noon, evening, night... when do you like to exercise? Does it even matter?
Beyhan: “Morning or evening.”
Here is the artwork that accompanied the release of Missyou’s “Your Body” single:
How do you find your healthy lifestyle impacts your music and/or live performance?
Beyhan: “Performance is like being any kind of athlete, you have to train to create control and execution.”
Do you balance the “rockstar” lifestyle with being fit/healthy? Or is it one or the other for you?
Beyhan: “I don’t believe that the generalization of the rock star lifestyle. Nothing is all or nothing, I believe each one of us finds a rhythm that makes sense for what we believe in and we need to see that through.”
Have you ever tried steroids?
Beyhan: “Hell no, not really my thing.”
What’s your opinion on performance-enhancing drugs?
Beyhan: “Do what you are willing to live with, all drugs should be legal, people should be able to make their own choices. I think when that’s the case we will live in a more peaceful place.”