Quick Questions With Keep Up

Before Keep Up, the band was known as ‘Sampere’. The first single, “The Fallen,” was written to inspire those to overcome what they might think is impossible; purely to embrace the fight within. The song was named in Syracuse’s Top 20 Songs of 2016 by rock alternative music station, 95X. For the past 2 years, after absolutely killing their first show together, they have been busy blasting their name across the region and most recently, releasing their debut EP, “World of Illusion.”

Syracuse, NY has set the stage for Keep Up; building their fan base, providing recognition, and instilling motivation with partnering artists. Keep Up will be promoting the release of new music this coming fall, expanding it across the country.

“We want to share our music, play our music, and gain a bigger audience in local and regional markets,” says Matt. Fans from all over the East coast will be able to find venues rocking and jamming with Keep Up.

The band’s inspiration originates from a common thread of reaching a balanced state-of-mind while creating music together, and the desire to diffuse inspiration amongst their fans. Matt describes how the lyrics written are often generated from daily encounters, both positive and negative, while DJ forwardly states, “drumming is everything. Without the beat… life would be flat, bland, and one-dimensional.”

Quick Questions With Keep Up

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

(Chris) I remember watching music videos on late night MTV and seeing these musicians jamming out. It always looked so cool so that’s what I knew I wanted to do.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

(Ian) As far as stage gear goes I love having a footboard/pedal. Being able to switch between different tunings and FX is super handy. But as far as recording gear, I couldn’t live without my custom built PC, allowing me to record high-quality audio.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

(Chris) For me, that’s so hard to choose only one. There have been so many amazing albums this year that I fell in love with like Let Light Overcome by Our Last Night, Nine by Blink-182, Pressure by Wage War and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone just to make a few. Each has its own taste to me so it honestly depends on my mood.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

(Ian) I would love to have a guitar lesson from John Petrucci. (Guitar player from “Dream Theater”) that dude has been around for some time and has amazing chops.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

(DJ) For any new musician looking to play, play a little bit of everything. A different instrument, different styles, different techniques. Building multiple skills can help you appreciate music, like no one else. Find a friend(s) that can join you. It’s working great for Keep Up at the moment, I guess we can tell you more in 20 years. We find it fascinating to learn each other’s instruments, it only helps build as musicians and performance artists as a whole.

Check out our latest album, Up In Flames now on Spotify, Apple Music and our website. We’re very excited to speed out and play our new music.
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