Pop-punk band Keep up are from Syracuse, New York.
How would you describe your music?
(DJ) Keep Up is a variety of music, but imagine if 5 Second of Summer and Green Day had a baby. We would probably be that baby.
(Chris) Our music is an energetic mix of pop and rock. It’s easy for bands to put themselves in a box so we just write what comes to mind. Simply put we’re all over the place.
(Ian) If you listen to our latest album release Up In Flames you’ll find that our sound varies. We prefer to draw influence from or pop punk roots, however, we really enjoy adding current and new sounds and events to our sounds so our new fans can relate
Tell us about how the history of the project?
(DJ) Chris and I are from Syracuse, New York. We grew up going to the same high school and have been great friends ever since. Ian grew up about an hour north of us in a small town called Sandy Creek. Keep Up has been a group since mid 2018. When Ian needed extras for a music video project he was working on in 2017, we stepped in to help him out. At that point we knew we should all link up and create a group that allows all of us to creatively express our musical interests. It’s really neat how it all unfolded.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?What inspires you?
(Chris) When I think of inspiration, the people who paved new roads and lived outside the box come to mind. Music now is open and free where even a kid with a laptop can write, record, and release music for no cost. My inspiration comes from people who take risks.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
(Ian) I prefer to write in the studio, so I can have everything at my disposal. I find it to be much more efficient when having the ability to change keys, tempos, and altering the song overall to make necessary adjustments.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
(DJ) I think my favourite song to perform live is Shut Ur Mouth. This song has always had an energetic feel with a real nasty beat. It’s a pretty straightforward riff that allows for a bit more performance when playing it live. I love to spin, jump and really get the audience moving when we play this song.
(Chris) I say Life In Luxury because DJ and I switch instruments halfway through.
(Ian) It’s a toss up between California and Life In Luxury. They are both catchy and simple to play and we can get very involved with the crowd.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
(Chris) I would love to open for Blink-182. Alongside them would be State Champs or Taylor Swift which would have to be stadium shows.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
(Ian) Current thoughts on the music industry, I think nowadays artists have everything at their disposal to do it on their own if they choose to do so. It is a much smarter way to do things. However there are tons of great artists that need more recognition than some of the artists that are out there winning Grammys. But that’s just the world we live in. It used to bother me a lot. But I’ve just learned to accept that whatever is “trendy” is trendy and that’s that.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
(Chris) We stopped around Roaring Brook just outside Bennington for a photo shoot and this older woman asked if we were doing drugs. She was insistent on calling the cops if we were doing anything illegal. We even have a video of the conversation that we watch sometimes!
What are your future plans?
(Ian) Future plans personally is to have my own legitimate, fully functioning studio. As far as the band, we are currently nominated for best alternative album in the Syracuse Area Music Awards (The Sammys) this year.
(DJ) With our Sammy nomination this year, it’s important that we keep this train rolling with more new music and shows. Stay tuned on our social media and website.