So local boys made good Young the Giant are performing a song on August 28 at the Nokia Theatre for MTV's VMAs. Now they're calling on their fans to join them; click here to sign up, enter the promo code YTGVMA and put your favorite Young the Giant experience and why you want to join them onstage in the Comments section.
The band will pick 300 people to experience all the excitement in person. (Details here.) After the jump, YTG talks about how they got the MTV gig.
On April 22nd, after a few hard months of touring the US we ventured up the coast to San Francisco for yet another show. We were playing a great venue called Slims and were excited to be joined by some old friends. We had a great time that night, Slims was sold out and the energy in the room was contagious, we fed off the crowd's excitement - it was a blast. Flanked by friends and surrounded by enthusiasm we did what we always set out to do, simply have a good time on stage and enjoy the moment. This night was no different than most of the previous few months of touring except that our friend Alex happened to be on hand with a video camera. He captured something sincere, a tiny glimpse into a night in our lives. We posted it on youtube.
A few months later executives at MTV stumbled upon Alex's video and apparently were inspired, not solely by the band, but rather inspired by the moment that was captured, by the energy of the crowd. Shortly after we were offered the performance on the VMA's and we met with the MTV production team and listened as they explained their discovery of the Slim's video and how it weighted heavily in their decision making process.
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Here's the video in question.