Who is Downside Up?
Downside up is a couple of guys who just wanted to play music in back in high school. Our roots were initially grounded through friendship.
How did you guys all came together and created this band?
Ronnie Stanley and Tony Hossri met in a music store in Johns Creek, Georgia one day and jammed on a couple of songs. Soon realizing they were in need of a drummer, so consequently Jameson Price, who has been a life long friend of Ronnie’s, was contacted to join. We played together as an acoustic trio for over 3 years before recruiting Lyle Kilgore as the group’s lead electric guitarist.
What’s the story behind the band’s name?
“Downside up” is a song that Ronnie Stanley wrote in the beginning of his writing career. We needed a band name that was short that could be easily remembered. People usually ask if we mean “upside down” but we don’t.
What are your music influences? We have a wide variety of music influence, from oldies to indie. A lot of the musical influence is derived from Jeff Buckley, The Spill Canvas, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, and Grateful Dead.
What’s your songwriting method?
Songwriting is something that just comes to you. It’s something spiritual. It can be triggered in a brief moment or a past memory.
So tell us more about Breathe Baby, Breathe?
“Breathe Baby, Breathe” was actually inspired by one of Jameson’s ex girlfriends. It made Ronnie think about all of his ex girlfriends and that’s something everyone can relate too. We wanted the album name to be something people can relate too.
What’s the message are you guys trying to spread as a band?The message is really within the individual. We would like people to just sit back and remember certain times in their lives. A lot of our lyrics and writing evolve from powerful emotions.
What has been one of the funniest moments you have been or took part while touring?
Tony, who is shorter than the rest of the band, climbed on top of these monitors at the Masquerade before one of our songs. Once he realized how high up he was, he was too afraid to jump off like he originally planned. So he played up there for the next few songs.
Are there any plans for the future we should be aware of? Downside up will be continuing to play music all around Atlanta, while trying to keep the vibe and culture of indie music with our fellow local bands.
Where can we find more about your music?
Our music can be found on iTunes under Downside Up and also at reverbnation.com/downsideup
Do you guys feel like moving on the right direction?
We love playing music, most people who play music think that if some record label is looking into them then that’s the write direction. They could be right, but if our music is continued to be heard, then we feel that we could be heading in the right direction. Our fans, friends, and families are the most important thing to us, without them, we’d have no direction at all.