FITNESS is the brainchild of two music industry veterans: Max Collins (Eve 6) and Kenny Carkeet (AWOLNATION). Both ready for new inspiration — and tired of writing and producing music for other artists — FITNESS is an outlet for both Max and Kenny to allow authentic creativity to flow without restrictions around how it had to sound. The result is Karate, their refreshingly brave debut album blending pop and rock with electronic 80s vibes for a truly unique sound that’s unmistakably set in Los Angeles. On September 8, we saw FITNESS at the Hi Hat in Highland Park, sharing the bill with Beginners to kick off our Dr. Martens Presents Tour in LA. The result: a packed venue (including some celebs) for two fun, high-energy sets. Keep scrolling for our favorite photos from the night — plus a bonus Q&A from Max.
What’s unique about playing a show in LA versus other cities?
It’s our hometown. So when we play LA, our friends and family are there. That ratchets up the pressure, because we want to make them proud.
What do you hope people take away from your performances?
That it is ok to be yourself — unapologetically.
What are you most excited about in your music right now?
We experience joy when we play live together. We both care a lot and don’t care at all. FITNESS is paradoxical, man.
Who did you see at your first music concert? Where was it? How old were you?
Face to Face, The Roxy LA, 17 years old.
What’s your fondest musical memory from the last year?
Playing a sold-out hometown show at The Roxy in LA.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
Oxblood 14-eye Docs. I bought them on Melrose, I was in 8th grade and I wore them every day for 2 years!