Conventional wisdom says that the drummer is the coolest member of the band. Not so in the web series Boyband, where drummer Yancy Kaminski is less concerned with being cool and more interested in cuddling cute animals. LA Fan Cultures Examiner sat down with Noah Eisfelder, who is much cooler than his alter ego, to discuss Yancy’s real social status and what he’s actually hoping to get out of the band.
“I think he thinks he’s the coolest person in the band,” Noah laughed. “I’d say he’s not cool in the traditional sense, not in the same way as David [Colton]’s character or Matt [Chappelle]’s character is. But I think he has a little more vulnerable role.”
“I think part of the joke about his character is that he’s so clueless,” he continued, evaluating how many similarities there are between himself and Yancy, “and I wouldn’t describe myself as a clueless person necessarily but some of the awkwardness, I draw from myself. Not that I’m an awkward person, but my style of humor and how I interact with people can be a little jerky. It is sort of a reach [to portray] and that’s part of the fun.”
Yet despite how spacey Yancy might get sometimes, Noah also enjoys the beats in which his character isn’t all laughs. “It’s fun to play such a ridiculous character but still participate in those moments that are the more real moments,” he explained, “and make you feel you’d be able to empathize with him and get where he’s coming from in the moments you need to.”
Aside from the character development one of the strengths of Boyband is the camaraderie between the cast and crew, which translates onto the screen and makes the fictional group feel more genuine because the real one actually is. Noah spoke about working with a group of people that he’s known for years.
“I think it’s easier in terms of building off each other,” he said. “All of us know what each other’s capable of doing so we’re not going to totally shock someone else on camera by something we do. It’s great in that respect [and] because we know each other so well, we play off each other. I think we break more than we would if it was a cast of people that have never worked together, because we feel comfortable enough that we can laugh.”
“I would say the improv was the best part,” Noah continued. “The nice thing about the scripts was that [director and producer] Colleen [Griffen] was very flexible with us. If we felt like we wanted to change a line, I always felt like I had the freedom to ask her about it and make a change. The improv was definitely my favorite part – the group interviews, because it was all of us at once bouncing off each other.”
Everyone has different reasons for joining a band. Some people do it for the music, others do it to meet people, while still others just want to be cool. So what does Yancy ultimately want out of being a member of the boyband? Noah doesn’t believe he has any particular ambition.
“I think Yancy is less caught up in that objective,” he said. “For him, he’s part of the group of guys and he’s been accepted. He’s a weird dude and I think the group is a place where he’s comfortable and accepted and I think he likes the boy band, but he’s less concerned about making it big and more about the guys.”
While Noah may not pursue acting as a career once Boyband concludes (which hopefully won’t be for awhile), he did tell us that he’s glad to have been part of its fabulous five. “It was really cool project. I think it’s got a cool perspective and a cool sense of humor,” he concluded, “but I think it was also cool in the way it gave people an opportunity to experiment and do things they wouldn’t get to do normally. It was really a playground for the five guys and the crew. It was a cool to be part of something that everyone was so happy to be doing every day.”
Catch up with all the Season 2 episodes of Boyband on the show’s YouTube; for more information on the series, visit the official blog on Tumblr.