A Q&A with Keep Up
Alt-hard rock trio from Syracuse, NY…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our latest release – ‘Win Some, Lose None’ – is a 5 song EP full of songs that we know are total bangers. The name of the release comes from a saying derived from pure idiocracy. It’s kind of like our very own version on Sum 41s All Killer, No Filler. An EP name that says it all.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
It seemed like every step of the way we faced new challenges. But no matter what, we turned our dreams into reality. We used feelings and emotions from our daily lives to write these five songs. The tough part was laying it down on a record. Quality studio time is never cheap, and we recorded the vocals and stringed instruments in our basement to eliminate recording in a full-blown studio. The struggle was eliminating any extra unwanted reverb from the room we recorded in. We ultimately are super impressed with how Ian Brown from Royal Records and Justin Spaulding from More Sound studios mixed and mastered out music. It sounds excellent!
What do enjoy most about producing your own material?
Keep Up is made of three young musicians. Keep Up is also made up of three producers. We all write and record our own music because we believe that the only way to get the sound that we want is to create that sound ourselves. The best part about Keep Up writing is that Ian Brown is the mastermind behind the board, Chris DeSalis is the creative fuel behind the instrumentation, and I (DJ) primarily write the lyrical content and melodies. Together we can control the sound and vibes that you hear today.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
When our listeners hear our new music, we want the sound to connect with a part of them that keeps them coming back for more. We are in the business to write anthems that live for generations. The type of song that gets stuck in your head because you connect with the message and vibes of the song. When our listeners hear our music, we want the nostalgic feeling of teenage angst to take over.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
As a group, we are constantly collaborating and merging ideas for the writing process of our music. Most of these songs are written with a vocal melody and lyrical concept before developing into full songs. Sometimes we will write a guitar riff first before writing lyrics, but we find that hashing out a song melody works best. I typically write the lyrics for the songs, but there’s often lots of input from Chris and Ian. Most of our songs are written from real life situations; growing older, relationships, deaths, or just having a good time.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Since we’ve started this project, we have had a number of bands influence us. Some of the main influencers of our band are groups like Blink 182, State Champs and Neck Deep. Lately, we’ve been getting major influence from Machine Gun Kelly’s newest punk rock album “Tickets to my Downfall” and Seaways “Big Vibe”.
When the world is back to normal where would you like to tour, and why?
With the release of our new music, we have had a lot of promotion in the UK and we would love to travel through Europe someday. We have travelled all over the USA and plan to take our music to the Canadian boards and around the world.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
By the time this feature posts, our newest EP will have launched. The song ‘Work Week’ is our favourite song to show fans and listeners because we believe this song truly showcases what Keep Up is all about.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We are continuing to write more music for the coming year. We would have toured around to promote the newest tunes, but we will be preparing to travel again this time next year when we release more new music. We would love to someday have a record deal and make a living off of royalties but, for now, we are embracing the journey and enjoying the ride to the top.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
We always give a friendly reminder of the band’s name: Keep Up. We also shout out links to our social media pages. However, in this case, there’s no microphone to shout into, but we would love to say thanks to On Magazine for having us featured! We appreciate it all and look forward to talking with you soon enough.
The new EP from Keep Up, ‘Wins Some, Lose None’ is out now
For more info visit: facebook.com/keepuporshutup