Pou Piam is a 27 year-old guitar player, vocalist, and Maker’s Mark enthusiast from Riverside, California.
After hearing Van Halen’s “Unchained” on a Denny’s jukebox in 5th grade, Pou scrambled home to illegally download the song on Kazaa, relentlessly bothered his parents to buy him a Les Paul and hasn’t looked back since.
Pou draws from a diverse range of musical influences: the hard rock fury of Soundgarden and Rival Sons, the modern blues swagger of John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr, and Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats, the soulful melodies of Marvin Gaye and Anthony Hamilton, and his favorite band of all fucking time, The Roots. Though at a glance these artists may seem wildly different from each other, they all share two common traits which Pou draws from; groove and attitude. “It doesn't matter if it's 'This Love' by Maroon 5 or 'Dead and Bloated' by Stone Temple Pilots - if it makes me either want to punch something or get up and dance, I'm in," says Pou, to himself writing this already too long biography.
Since spending a year at Musician's Institute in Los Angeles in 2010, Pou has both international and American tours under his belt, including a stint on the first leg of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour performing on the House Of Marley stage. He has performed and worked with many different artists including Shim Moore (Sick Puppies), Johnny Rain (RocNation), Hayley Kiyoko (Atlantic), Frank "Knuckles" Walker (The Roots), Daisy Delahoya (VH1 ’s Rock of Love/Daisy of Love), Toby Rand (CBS' Rock Star: Supernova), Andy "The Kid" Cole (Wayne Static), Jon Bonner (Steezy Society), British rock band Mad Moon Riot, and local LA acts including Alma Lake (FOX's The Four) and Calix (rock/pop).
As a touring musician he has performed live at venues all over the US, from Los Angeles clubs like The Viper Room, and The Mint, to multiple outdoor venues, including Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO), the AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX), and MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH). In the summer of 2015 he completed a three week tour of Australia, beginning with a halftime performance at the NRL North Queensland Cowboys 1300SMILES Stadium, to an audience of 24,000 crazed rugby fans. The North Queensland Cowboys would go on to win their first championship title later that year. Some would call this a coincidence. Others would not.
He also has extensive studio experience as a session musician, and prides himself on being a quick learner and adaptable player. He has worked with and learned from renowned producers such as; Bob Marlette (Shinedown, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Johnny Rain (RocNation), Ulrich Wild (Deftones, Prong), Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Motley Crue), Chris Baseford (Nickelback, Cee-Lo Green), Rocco Guarino (Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland), Charlie "Prince" Wilson (Justin Timberlake, John Mayer) and Eric Corne (Walter Trout, Dusty Wakeman).
As a solo artist, Pou released his first full length album, "On The Rocks" in 2011 on which he wrote the music, sang, played guitar and bass, and which featured legendary session drummer Kenny Aronoff.
Currently, Pou is playing guitar for Shim Moore - the founder and primary songwriter of Sick Puppies, having recently returned home from The Crucified Tour of 20 dates across the Midwest. Shim’s latest single, “Crucified”, is currently sitting at #29 on Billboard’s Active Rock charts.
Pou proudly uses the Kemper Profiling Amp, Bogner Amplification cabinets, Gibson guitars, Seymour Duncan pickups, Tone Pros hardware, Cleartone strings, InTune guitar picks, SKB Cases and 64 Audio in-ear monitors.
Pou is unbelievably sick of typing about himself in the third person and thinks you should go lookup the live version of "How I Got Over" by The Roots. The one where they debuted it on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and did the fake ending like three times.
Or watch the music video for One Direction's "Drag Me Down" - I don't understand why NASA picked them to be astronauts, but it's such a fucking good song.