Give It Up is a mix of dance and electronic sounds and beats packaged with hooky pop sensibility. Though they’re a newer band, having release a music video in October of 2011 and their first EP Heart of Gold in August 2012, they’ve found a comfortable place in the musical landscape of the Twin Cities.
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
THE GARAGE: What’s your sound and where does it come from (influences)?
Josh: What a lot of people don’t realize about us is that a lot of the music we listen to in our free time are “harder” genres of music. Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil, etc… With that said, we also love performers in the same genre as ourselves such as The Ready Set, Breathe Carolina, Michael Jackson and so on. All of these artists are definitely present when we write music, and we hope to be a band that can start to integrate the two together.
Also, adding to that, we as a band have recently been intrigued and inspired by EDM (or Electric Dance Music), and are hoping to bring some of that to the table as well moving forward.
THE GARAGE: What are one or two songs you play that you’re most excited about? Why?
Josh: As I’m sure any other artist would say, we are most excited to play the newest songs we’ve written. As the year has progressed, each of us has matured in many ways, and it will definitely show through our newest music. We are more than excited to show everyone.
THE GARAGE: What’s a favorite story from a show you’ve performed at?
Josh: Personally one of my favorite stories from our shows so far was when we played with Tyler Carter (frontman of Issues). I grew up listening to his stuff from Woe, and to be able to get to know him has definitely been a surreal experience for me. It’s an amazing feeling to know that someone you look up to has faith in you and your band.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE?
Josh: As always, be expecting to dance with us during the performance. We’ve never really had a problem making fools of ourselves on stage. It adds to the fun of performing. However, this weekend we will also be stripping down and playing some songs acoustically. These will include “Move Too Fast”, “The Way You Walk Acoustic” (new song), and our Christmas song, featuring the good ol’ boys in Lights Out Dancing. It’ll give us a chance to perform some songs that have never been played in front of an audience.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Josh: Our practices are more hangout sessions than actual practices. We will run the set a few times, and then sit around and goof off. This is usually followed by Sam’s mom making us food of some sort. Pam is an awesome cook.
THE GARAGE: How does your band write songs?
Josh: We usually have two ways of writing songs. Either we will accidentally come across a song while jamming, and really dig it, or one of us will write a song and present it to the group.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
Josh: One local artist i’ve seen a couple times that I would definitely like to see again was Saving Vinyl City. That dude can sing!
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Josh: Recently, as we said previously, we’ve been getting into a lot of EDM. Porter Robinson, Madeon, etc. That genre of music inspires good times.