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
Here's the video in question.