Kazutaka "Kaz" Nomura, aka PWRFL POWER, won a slot on the Block Party's Main Stage by taking first place at the Block Star contest in June. Here the reflexively reflective Nomura gets intimate with his alter ego, discussing his influences, picking flours, and mooning for Tiny Vipers. —Ed.

KAZ: I feel very fortunate and honored to do an interview with you, PWRFL POWER. There is a rumor that you are already the last genius of the century. It's not even 2010 yet!

PWRFL POWER: [Laughs] Stop flattering, Kazu.

Could you tell me what it was like when you were a kid and why you came to the U.S.?

Sure. I was born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1984. My dad is an architect and my mom is a calligrapher. They are two big influences on my music. I started playing guitar when I was 13 or so and took years of classical and jazz guitar lessons. I moved to Seattle when I was 18. I wanted to study Wittgenstein first, but realized it would be lame. Now I am a senior music major finishing a degree in composition at Cornish.

Your MySpace "About Me" section says, "Sound is flour, music is a loaf of bread, and PWRFL POWER is a cute little bakery." Can you explain this?

People often think I am not serious about music. That could be true. My attitude toward my craft is flexible and casual. I am just experimenting with ways to make tasty bread. However, when it comes to picking flours, I am dead serious. I believe in my musical taste, technique, and personality. A lot of young musicians start thinking about how they can make rad music and often ignore the quality of ingredients. You won't make a good bread if you use moldy flour from corner delis!

I heard you have a huge crush on Tiny Vipers.

Who told you that!? Yes... I do. I had a dream about her a few days ago. We were in a bathroom and she said, "Kazu, don't watch me pee." So I looked at the wall and there was a mirror hung. I tried to see her in the mirror...

And then...

I woke up. I saw a girl sleeping right next to me. It was in NYC. I met the girl at some bar and she was a huge fan of Spoon. So I told her that I am playing with them in Seattle. That was quick. And that's the night I started liking Spoon. They are awesome.

That's right, you won the Block Star contest and got the slot to play on the Main Stage along with Spoon. Do you feel like you are on the right path to be a rock star? And what would you do if you were a rock star?

Do you watch RoboCop? There is a scene—I believe it was in RoboCop 2—this bad man made a line in this blond chick's cleavage and snorted it. I will do that if I am a rock star.

Have you asked Tiny Vipers to do it?

I don't like you, Kazu...

Do you have a message for infants in Seattle besides "Buy my CD" or "Hook me up with your mom"?

Yes, I do. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Seattle. There is only one thing I want you to have in your minds all the time: Be honest to your fairies. Sometimes it might be necessary to lie to your friends, but not to yourself. It's okay to be honest. It's okay to be yourself...

And it's okay to release your...

You know my words, huh? Let's say it together: I am me, you are you, and we are us. It's okay to be yourself; it's okay to release your PWRFL POWER. Because it feels good.