Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Surrender the Dance Floor

From the name alone you can imagine what to expect when you press play.  You will literally want to get out of your chair and dance when you hear the sounds that flood your eardrums.  They have the Warped Tour sound, the Warped Tour look, and the Warped Tour look.  They match pop punk sounds with screaming and serenading vocals, and manage to impress on multiple levels.  Their image goes right along with their sound, as well.  These guys deserve some attention if nothing else than the fact they are nice guys.  Sit with me today as I introduce you to Surrender the Dance Floor.

Where did you come up with that name?

We tried to come up with something original, something that would catch someones eye immediately but not only that  we wanted something to match our sound.

Where did you guys all meet?

Well, Austin and Brad are brothers.  Jay went to highschool with Brad, and Chris goes to church with Jay so thats how we met him. Jared hungout with the band since the beginning, did their merch for awhile, their lights, and got the oppurtunity to play bass now after we let go of a members and we recently just picked up Jon as our new synth player, who we met through a band we are cool with.

How long have you been playing?

We have been a band for just about a year now.

Who is that screaming on some of your tracks?

That would be Austin, our vocalist.  He’s only 15!

Describe your genre in one word.


I love your MySpace design. Who did that?

Our good friends over at 12fruits. They are a great bunch of dudes. You should check them out.

What are your thoughts on MySpace?

MySpace is the savior for underground music.  It gives a spotlight and smaller bands who otherwise wouldn’t gain any form of popularity without it.  It truely did save music in a sense, and also helped form new genres.

Are you guys on Twitter?

Not yet.

Do you have a favorite venue?

Naugatuck American Legion.  It’s the only hotspot for local shows in Connecticut. It is pretty dead everywhere else.

If you could meet anyone alive or dead whom would you choose?

We’d love to meet UFC fighter Kimbo! We even named a song after him

What is the largest crowd that you have ever played for?

Probably a random show in Naugatuck a few months back although I don’t remember the special occasion offhand, but the turnout was nuts!

The smallest?

Our last show in Waterbury. It was poorly promoted, so only like 15 people showed.  We did some standup that night, too.

Have you ever been booed off the stage?


Anyone ever tell you that you belong on Warped Tour?

All the time actually! It’s an honor to hear it.

When did you decide to make a run at this thing called music?

When our second song hit 1k in like a week we decided to take shit serious.

OK, so your cover of Just Dance is incredible.  Have you gotten any response from Lady Gaga from that?

We wish!

Where can I get a copy of your latest album?

You can get some songs of ours off iTunes.

Where can I get some of your merchandise?

Local shows so far! Well have a district lines online store up soon.

You guys are too good to not be on a label.  What’s the hold up?

We have actually been talking to a few labels and management. That’s all we can say for now!

Where do you guys practice?

Austin and Brads garage. (Laughs)

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go?

Florida or California, obviously.

What are your thoughts on the death of Michael Jackson?

It’s sad.

Does your voice every hurt from screaming so much?

No, Austin practiced a lot to learn the correct way to scream.

If you could be any cartoon character whom would you be and why?

No idea. (Laughs)

If you could only play one song for the rest of your careers what would it be?

Gettin’ Closer.

Do you guys have jobs outside of music?

Yeah, we all work at supermarkets, housing complexes, life guarding, etc.

What would you be doing if you were not performing?

Being losers!

Any tattoos in the band?

Yeah, Chris has respect and faith on the back of his arms, and his last name on his back.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

On the road, hopefully.

What do you want to be remembered for when this is all said and done?

Great music and sexy bods!

I always let the artist get the last word.  Go.

Check us out.  Give us a listen and we will not disappoint you.