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Meet Katia Kianpour of Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katia Kianpour.

Hi Katia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
Riot Night was founded by me and a close friend of mine from college who had always connected over our shared love of heavier music. Years later we reconnected and decided to throw a party at a local bar in Scottsdale to share our passion with the Arizona music scene. The first Riot Night was held on Sept​ember​ 14​,​ 2016 with little more than a laptop and a microphone in front of only 20 of our closest friends but has since grown into a epic party featuring notable guests from members of Yellowcard, All Time Low, New Found Glory, Underoath, Atreyu, Finch, and many more. Earlier this month (Oct 2) we sold out that same venue for our first show back since the end of pandemic lockdown.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I don’t think any start up / small business truly runs smoothly. There have definitely been some ups and downs. My previous partner from college whom I started this event with has left the business and I had to make the decision to either scrap this entire thing or keep it running. The Pandemic didn’t help much either. But after careful consideration and weighing the options as things are slowly getting back to “normal” I decided to keep it running solo. Financial issues are always a factor too. It is important to me to keep the event small and at lower capacity small venue clubs around Phoenix because of the intimacy of the event. Having these larger artists without the barricades and at the bar within reach of their fans is something I really love about the show. I always wished when I was younger and going to concerts I’d be able to have more of a connection with the bands and artists and I think Riot Night really provides that experience. But with those capacity restrictions it limits to the budgets I can use for the shows. I always want to make it bigger each time with better guests and better production but I have to be weary of cost. I don’t think this event would have made it to where it is today if I didn’t have the passion and love for this music the way that I do. It has been a crazy road to get to where I am with it today.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Riot Night is my passion project. I wanted to create a place for people that love heavier music to come together for one sole reason and that is to celebrate the music and artists they grew up to and love.

I am also a full time Video Editor / Videographer / Producer. I think all these things have really attributed to creating quality content and production for the show. I am involved in every aspect from working with agents, managers, promoters, sponsors, designers, vendors, negotiating contracts and guarantees for shows. I create the brand commercials, sizzle reels, recap videos, and run all of the social media content that you see. I also manage the entire event the day of with the venue from the moment the doors open till the bar is closed down. Every aspect of Riot Night is 100% me. (with the help of friends and family of course too, I couldn’t do most of this alone)

I think what has made me the most proud is seeing how something that was just a idea… a random thought over some beers with my friend has turned into this crazy sold out party that people actually want to come to. My two favorite things in my life has always been Film and Music and I found a way to mesh all those things together so I can work on content that I love everyday. I am also so proud of the following we have created through the event…. people follow us and show up at every show and have such a good time, they buy our merch and actually engage with the event. If it wasn’t for each of those people and all the artists that are involved each time I don’t think Riot Night would even be happening anymore. All the stress and energy that goes into it becomes worth it when I look out and see everyone having a blast and singing their favorite songs during the show.

I’m not quite sure what sets me apart from others but I do know that I love what I have created and I always put 100% of myself into each live event and creative piece of the show. I’ve always believed you should be your biggest fan. It’s hard sometimes for creatives to put out their work or feel inspired because creating and sharing makes you vulnerable and you never know if people will receive it the way you want them too. But I think being able to separate yourself from outside influence and just believing in your work and product it can really help. If you don’t believe in your product, brand, or your business then what’s the point? You should push for the things you believe in whole heartedly and I truly believe people will recognize that and want to be a part of it.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I’m not so sure I believe in luck but I do believe in being in the right place at the right time and if you say or do the right things something will come from it. Whatever that may be. 90% of success is just showing up. I’m not afraid to put myself out there and take risks and yes there has been some financial repercussions and sometimes the people I have worked with haven’t been the best but all of those things have led Riot Night to where it is today. So yes, I guess i’ve created my own luck at times and I’ve definitely had some bad luck in waves in some of my decisions as well.

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Julius Aguilar and Thomas Gerloff

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