It might sound nostalgic when pop-hip-hop duo Kalin and Myles reflect on their halcyon days attending high school in the Bay Area. But it wasn’t too long ago. Kalin (White, who went to Castro Valley High) and Myles (Parrish, a Dublin High alum) are barely into their 20s, but they have been busy. Among their accomplishments: the EP “Dedication” on their own Republic-distributed K&M Music imprint; an almost sold out three-night “Crazy for Christmas” run at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco this week; and announcing the huge “Dedication” tour that kicks off in London. They’ve come a long way from awkward early songwriting efforts like “Shake Somethin’” and “Kick it Like Karate.” Myles spoke about their success last week.
Do you guys actually hang out together offstage?
It just depends on the occasion. We kind of have really different personalities – Kalin is really super-social, so he’ll be at a lot of parties whenever we’re in L.A. But I’m more laid-back, I just like to chill and make beats. So a lot of times, we just do our own thing because we’re actually pretty different.
What do you like that Kalin doesn’t?
That whole social atmosphere – I don’t think I ever really fit into that in high school. I’d always feel weird, awkward and uncomfortable at parties. So I’d usually try and avoid those.
And you guys actually met at a movie theater three years ago?
It was the premiere of “Never Say Never,” and we both ended up in the same row. It was crazy. But that’s not where we officially met for the first time – it’s just where we finally crossed paths again. And I was like, “Hey – what’s up? I’ve started to do some music!”
If you’re so different, personality-wise, what kept the conversation going that night?
Just our interest in music. We both had it, from the beginning. And Kalin was able to help me out, confidence-wise. Because he was such a confident guy, whereas I was really lacking in that department, so he helped me get out there more. So it was just kind of like an opposites-attract thing.
And you were already experimenting with beats at home?
Yeah. And then I was just rapping to it, just for fun, then just putting some stuff up on YouTube. And there were a couple of people on YouTube that I subscribed to that I liked a lot, and who I would make some raps for. So it was just more for fun than anything.
Do you guys have a life philosophy already?
We’ve always wanted to show a positive message by looking at different situations positively in our songs. So now we just want to share that and inspire others.
IF YOU GO
Kalin and Myles
Where: Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
When: 8 p.m. Dec. 19-21
Tickets: $21.50 to $199.50
Contact: (888) 929-7849, www.axs.com