Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging are pleased to bring you an interview with punk rockers, Keep Up!
1. How did you get started as a band?
(DJ) My first band experience started in Jr High school. We were a punk rock band that couldn’t find a name, so we called ourselves “Everything’s taken”. Every week I hosted band practice in my parents basement, playing nirvana covers with the PA system that my father originally purchased for the youth group at church. Needless to say, punk rock has always been the fuel that drives my passion for music.
2. How would you describe your sound?
Many people like to corner our sound by relating us to another Artist or band. Truthfully, we have a very nostalgic sound that typically derives from a major key. Our latest album has a few songs that have upbeat guitar riffs and heavy hitting drums so listeners can blast our tunes while having a need for speed. Other songs off the album have a stripped down acoustics with heart felt lyrics for those who may be more inclined to listen to music with a softer side.
3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?
(Chris) I grew up on Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin which brought me to modern pop-punk where I found my love for music. Ian has the heavier side listening to Memphis May Fire and Our Last Night which influenced our writing in the studio. While DJ leans towards Taylor Swift and blink-182 he falls in love with the vocal melodies.
4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?
In today’s world, Internet presence seems to be the most crucial part of being in a forward moving rock band. It has helped us truly gain a following and developed fans in areas outside of our home town. If it weren’t for platforms like YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, we would have such a struggle getting our music out to the world. These streaming services also allow us to see what cities are playing our music. With this information, we can more accurately plan tours and shows in these cities.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
(Ian) I enjoy travelling, exploring, camping and any outdoor activities really.
6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?
We’re always working on new songs and lyrics but for now we want “Up In Flames” to remain in the spotlight before releasing any new content. With new music always comes more shows so follow us on social media and join or mailing list.