"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...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...Songwriting is something that just comes to you. It's something spiritual. It can be triggered in a brief moment or a past memory....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...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.
“Thanks for submitting the material for the evaluation. I enjoyed the songs very much. Outstanding musicianship, cool songs and an impressive Bio. I'm glad you contacted me about Downside UP. RATING SCALE "1" Indicates the Lowest Score "5" Indicates The Highest Score Recording Quality/Production: 4 Lead Vocals: 4 Musicianship: 4.5 Lyric Writing: 4 Music Composing: 4 Melodies: 5 Song Arrangement: 4 Quality of EPK Content: 4 Overall Delivery: 4 To give you insight to the scoring scale above, the majority of artists score in the 2.5 to 3.5 range in the various categories. When an artist sees 4, 4.5 or 5 as their score in a category, it's a validation from a professional, confirming that the songs are of the highest level and show strong potential in the ultra-competitive music industry. To really raise the bar, every artist should work hard to earn a 4.5 or 5 in every category. I don't give out 4's and 5's easily, so any of those you see, you have earned.”
“Basically, I think you guys sound incredibly sincere, both in your songwriting and in your performances. You have a certain sound and I can see why you've been successful in the college market. You remind me of some of the bands now being featured on the tv show Austin City Limits...You do have dynamic changes and repeating themes that keep it interesting...Everything is well-balanced, discernible and clear. I think I understand what you're trying to accomplish here, and your success in the market speaks for it self! So I say keep up the great work!”
“What is the best way to write music? Ronnie Stanley write the songs, and he brings the songs to the table for the rest of the band to play with. He has said many times that he just writes out the blue print and the rest of the band builds the house.”
“So I saw most of your set (you went on right before my friend's band), then grabbed one of your CD's, and listened to the whole thing on the way home since it was more than an hour drive. I kind of expected to forget about it after that, s ince it's not a genre I normally listen to, but then I had Anchors stuck in my head the next day, and when I finished listening to it, I thought, "And hey, didn't I also really like track number 6?" and at that point, I decided I also wanted to hear Around You again, and when the song after that came on, I just let it keep playing. Today the same thing happened. I'm just going to go ahead and keep that CD in my car for a while, because I've listened to those four songs at least 10 times each now, not counting the other ones I listened to, and I was actually alternating between my CD player and my iPhone adapter, which means your CD was competing with my iPhone and winning.”
“Ronnie Stanley, singer and guitarist for the band, has a raw yet smooth voice any music lover can get lost in...Their name came from a song that vocalist Stanley wrote years back about life crashing down. Even more ironic is that the band claims to enjoy the idea of destruction...Together the guys have a fun yet strict attitude towards their music and work hard to please their fans.”
“Downside Up is an exciting live act that lit up the stage at our recent Battle of the Bands women’s athletics fundraiser in Alpharetta. The concert was sponsored by Jeff Carlisi of 38 Special fame & Steve Freeman of Camp Jam. Downside Up came out near the top from 18 extremely talented musicians and bands. The judging was performed by Carlos Capote of the Breeze Kings, Scott Davenport Island Def Jam, India Sandrick & Kim Smith of K-Smiles, Alex Richbourg of TeleourVision. Chopper Kovach Van Halen’s sound engineer ran the sound. With this amazing collection of talented people under one roof Downside Up performed great and has released their debut CD breathebabybreathe. They kicked it off with a performance last night at the Vinyl in downtown Atlanta. Check with Downside Up’s web sites for more information on upcoming events and CD purchase.”
“They've each donated their time to come and help us support breast cancer awareness and education. So it's really great that they have come and help us out with our efforts.”
“I love these guys! Their passion and dedication truly shows in their live performances. Their music is a much needed breath of fresh air to relieve the staleness of the "same old" type of music that I see being reproduced. They are original, young, talented and deserve respect. I personally have befriended them and enjoy their music, live shows as well as their friendship. Downside Up is a very good and tight local band that with continued hard work and dedication should be on their way to making the big time.....R U Ready?!....I am! Good luck guys...much respect. Keep rockin! ”
"This band has one of the freshest sounds I have heard in a long time. They would fit in a club or college venue with ease."
“Downside Up's track, "Anchors," from their album, "Breathe Baby Breathe," was recognized as the number 32 song in the Modern Rock Top 40 Category for the month of November 2012”
“Downside Up's track, "Anchors," from their album, "Breathe Baby Breathe," was recognized as the number 21 song in the Modern Rock Top 40 Category for the month of September 2012”