Welcome to New York
Scott Klopfenstein stepped into a tour bus at the tender age of seventeen and lived half his life on the road touring as a vocalist/multi-instrumentalist in Reel Big Fish. Over his seventeen year stretch with the band, Scott played for countless thousands of fans, gallivanted across television screens and stages worldwide, as well as starting his own project, The Littlest Man Band.
In 2005, he abandoned the sun-drenched streets of California to relocate to New York. Five years later, Scott left the road to begin a family. Start over. Control-Alt-Delete.
Scott spent 15 years discovering fatherhood and attempted to build a creative foundation in NYC. His journey connected him with Catya McMullen, a brilliant playwright who fueled Scott to compose music for various theater projects. With a little help from his friends, Scott released “Welcome to New York / The Hilarious” in 2019. The two song EP is a whimsical love note to the city that holds so much promise and yet darkly devours creative types searching for their place in it all. Not long after, Scott hosted several segments in the independent documentary film “Pick It Up! - Ska in the ‘90s” where he interviewed unsuspecting New Yorkers about Ska music.
When performing his music at the live screenings of “Pick It Up!”, Scott was humbled by the outpouring of love and respect he got from the Ska scene. He forgot that he played a role in something bigger than himself. In fact, Scott was a member of a community where being a weirdo and playing a trumpet and dancing around like an idiot was not only accepted, it was embraced. He realized that finding a community where you belong was not unique to the weirdo experience, it’s important for all human beings. And then 2020 happened.
Scott uprooted his family in the middle of a pandemic and moved from New York back to California. In a short period of time, he reconnected with the creative foundation of his youth and jumpstarted his career. Scott performs four nights a week on Twitch to people all over the world. This international digital audience is a new phenomenon for Scott, one that fuels his artistic passion. He’s an average man that thrives in the uncomfortable. His vulnerability on display connects with his Twitch community, letting them know that they aren’t alone in feeling like a square peg. Scott adds to the ever-evolving soundtrack of this era, hoping to pass on useful building blocks to the next generation. Our collective participation in the struggle to belong is crucial. Why not do it with a song and a smile.