Play For Keeps Exclusive Interview

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THE STAR SCOOP:
So we first found out about you via your awesome fans on Twitter! Do you have a sense of how people are coming to hear your music?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
Nice! We’re doing our job then ;). Well it says we have 35,000 followers but not all of them 100% attentive. However we get hundreds of new followers a day and are constantly having people talk to us and tell us they love our music. I’d say we’re doing something right. It’s truly amazing the way twitter allows us to make fans all over the world so easily.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You describe yourselves as an Indie/Rock/Alternative band from Las Vegas, NV. Does being from Las Vegas have any influence on your music?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
I definitely think so. We’ve all grown up in a town that never closes. We’re used to being up all night and doing things till the sun comes up. I think it brightens up our vibe. Makes us more lively. Like if we had grown up anywhere else we would not sound the same.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How did you come together as a band?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
I (Cameron Dettman) started the band back in 2008 with some other friends. Eventually after many member changes the final lineup came to be about a year ago. Our guitarist Brian Jones came from a number of bands in the Vegas scene growing up and joined in 2008.

Our drummer Joseph Gilbert came into the band in 2009 after one of his former groups went south. Jon joined us last October just in time to help us start recording our latest EP “A Different Pace”.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Where does the name “Play For Keeps” come from?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
It comes from an old term used when playing marbles. When you “Played for keeps” you kept whatever you won. I think it’s very applicable to our lives and the lives of our fans.

We encourage people to chase after their goals and aspirations in life and keep winning the small victories (for keeps). They all start to add up with time and patience.

THE STAR SCOOP:
 What message are you trying to convey to listeners through your music?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
We try to be honest in our music. Most of our songs are about real life situations and emotions. But if we were to convey a few short messages to our fans… I think we’d say… Be yourselves, don’t give up on your dreams ever, be careful with your hearts and take chances in life… otherwise what’s the point?

THE STAR SCOOP:
What are the two or three songs of yours (including covers) that we have to check out to really get a sense of what you’re about?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
As far as original music goes…

“The Way I Feel” is a very upbeat and driving love song we’re very proud of. It has some really cool sounds in it like church bells, synth and tambourines.

“Selfish” is a really solid rock song about the struggles of accepting that we’re all flawed somehow. Instead of being hard on yourself you should carry on and become better from it.

For covers, we do a cool version of “Applause” by Lady Gaga on our YouTube that we’re real proud of. Also our acoustic/reggae “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus is pretty out there.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us more about the process you go through when making music.

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
We love to collaborate on music when we write. Cameron comes up with a majority of the song ideas but each member is encouraged to throw anything out there. Often times a song will start one way and be almost unrecognizable after a long writing session.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Can we expect a full-length album anytime soon? Will fans have any upcoming opportunities to see you live?

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
We’re currently working on our next installment. It is still yet to be determined if it will be an EP or a full length. Either way we are going to try a lot of new things. We plan on playing more out of town shows in the coming months.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us something we don’t know yet about each of you.

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
1. Jon loves Metallica.
2. In Brian’s debit card photo he looks exactly like Justin Bieber.
3. Joseph has a Blink 182 tattoo on his shin
4. Cameron was on a reality show called “Switched” on ABC Family when he was 15.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What would you like to say to your fans? And thanks so much for doing this interview!

PLAY FOR KEEPS:
We love you guys so much and can’t thank you enough for your support! Love you #Keepers.

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