21 Questions: Psyko Steve

Welcome to 21 Questions, a regular feature where goes to the favorite hangout of a notable Phoenician and ask the "big" questions. This week we met up with local concert promoter Psyko Steve at Carly's Bistro.

Name: Stephen "Psyko Steve" Chilton
Age: 27
Occupation: Concert Promoter

New Times: In one sentence, what do you do all day in your job?
Stephen Chilton: First part of the day is answering lots of e-mails and doing designs for upcoming events, and then at night I'm usually running an event which can sometimes take up to twelve hours. 

NT: What's wrong with the world today?

SC: The biggest problem is people want to think that the world is really complex, but people don't want to think about it in dynamic ways. People want to think of everything in black and white.

NT: Who's your favorite local band?
SC: Right now I'd probably say Kinch. I'm a big supporter of everything they're doing.

NT: What was the last show you attended? 
SC: Whisperlights and Snake Snake Snakes. Was that Wednesday? Before that I was at Future of Forestry and Nobility Obliged, and Warped Tour before that all day Tuesday. Monday I was at Blitzen Trapper, and the Nile before that. That's about typical for my week.

NT: If you could time travel, where would you go?
SC: I would go super far in the future; like a million years into the future or something.

NT: What's the worst job you've ever had?
SC: I spent one summer working in a construction yard when I was in high school, and since then this is what I've done. So I haven't really had other shitty jobs. That was hot.

NT: How good are you at cooking?
SC: I don't really cook. I eat out a lot.

NT: Where do you go to be alone?
SC: Generally if I'm trying to be alone I just stay at home.

NT: Who's your all-time favorite fictional character?
SC: That's such a tough question. Can we skip it for now? [We complete the rest of the questions, and then return to this one.] HAL 9000 from 2011: A Space Odyssey

NT: What's the first album you ever bought?
SC: I think it was probably Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. That was definitely one of the first.

NT: Where is the best view in Phoenix?
SC: Rooftop of the Clarendon is pretty awesome. I enjoy that view.

NT: What's one thing you hate about Arizona?
SC: I'm not going to say the heat, because that's way too cliche. I think most people in Arizona just don't care about culture in general. The apathy towards culture, I guess.

NT: What's your homepage?
SC: Straight Google for Gmail. That's kind of boring.

NT: Do you give money to panhandlers?
SC: I try not to.

NT: What's your drink?

NT: Who is your mortal enemy?
SC: I like to think I don't have any enemies. Yeah, I don't think I have any enemies.

NT: What's the deal with Sheriff Joe?
SC: The guy's just a bigot. That's really all there is to it.

NT: What would you do if you won the lottery?
SC: I'd probably do exactly what I'm doing now, but I'd e able to do it better.

NT: What's hanging above your sofa?
SC: Framed concert posters that I designed.

NT: What's the best love advice you have?
SC: Best love advice? Don't take love advice from me [laughs]. If it feels like it's not working, it probably isn't.

NT: If heaven exists, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
SC: Seriously, what's with that Sheriff Joe guy?

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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