The Fueled By Ramen Intern IMPOSSIBLE Interview #2

Subject: Thom Skarzynski, ex-Marketing Manager
Interviewed By: Adam Walker, Marketing Intern

What is your most memorable musical moment? 
I have a few that each changed me and made me want to get into the music industry. The first one was definitely growing up and listening to the Beatles – the first time I heard “A Day In The Life” I remember getting chills and wanting to learn an instrument from there. My first concert – Our Lady Peace at the Birch Hill Concert Hall in New Jersey – I’ll never forget seeing a band’s live show for the first time and singing every word. And I still get amazed sometimes – hearing the crowd sing the words louder than Nate can at a fun. show, or seeing Twenty One Pilots own a 2500-capacity venue in Columbus, these are all things that have changed the way I view working with bands. I also can’t forget seeing Coldplay on their last tour with the wristbands that made the crowd part of the show…everything in music continues to evolve and create a better experience and I love taking it all in.

How did your path lead you to Fueled By Ramen?
In high school I had a horribly amatuer website in which I interviewed bands and labels and did album reviews. One of my first interviews was John Janick – founder of Fueled By Ramen. I was 15 and he treated me like an equal – it was an experience I’ll never forget. From there, every time I saw him (Skate and Surf, Warped Tour, wherever) he always remembered me and would go out of his way to make me feel comfortable. As I got older I did a ton of internships, my last being at Atlantic where John had an office – and he still remembered me and would always make conversation when we passed each other. I have so much respect for John and the label he built. I finally landed a job working at Roadrunner Records, and when it was time for me to move on John was the first person I contacted. Sure enough, I ended up getting to work at Fueled By Ramen. I still can’t believe it.

What else do you enjoy, outside of Marketing at FBR? Do you have other goals or dreams in your life?
I love running and exercising in the mornings - that’s something I wouldn’t trade in for the world. It gets my day started and my mind working – it’s where I’m able to really focus in on what my day will be like and brainstorm ideas for some of our projects. I also love being outdoors and spending time getting to know people. I love reading – not just books, but magazines, websites, everything. I’m a big redditor and every day and I spend the entire hour train ride to work reading the TodayILearned section just to gain some more random knowledge. My biggest goals in life have to do with work – mostly because this is where I love spending my time. Everybody we work with is amazing and some of my best friends are here. I want to help FBR stay great – when I was growing up, this was a label I worshipped…and I want that feeling to continue for the next generation.

What or who inspires you on a daily basis?
That’s a good one. Definitely my co-workers and the other people that come into my life – I love seeing how Katie and Adam work, as well as Dan / Tim / Erick / Amy, even people in other departments around the building. John Janick was such a great inspiration to be around and he continues to be one – just by the way he treats every person he comes in contact with. I also can’t forget Mike Easterlin – the person who gave me my start in this industry at Roadrunner and is now GM of Fueled By Ramen. I learned everything from working for him and I couldn’t be luckier to have him here to continue guiding me.

Who’s your celebrity crush, Thom?
I’m a big Zac Efron fan like everybody else in the world. He’s a great actor and also a daily inspiration to me as I pursue a career in fitness.

You can read more about Thom in his label bio HERE. Plus see more of our IMPOSSIBLE Project photos HERE.

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