The Band Famous® came to life in 2013 when they filmed their own birth featuring spontaneous improvised music at the first meeting of founding members Jacob Alexander Figueroa aka Zander and Mary Norell Jackson aka Norell with Terrance Clifford. Their debut album Last Words is an album of entirely improvised material.
Download TBF's Debut Album Last Words for free!
Music Reporter Jay Gabler of Minnesota Public Radio and 89.3 FM The Current, says:
“The more I read, the more surprised I was… They came together a couple of years ago in MN, they were all here in MN, and they all play music, they all make art, they also are all software developers… and actually some of the music from that initial jam session went on their debut EP ‘Last Words’ which was released - wait for it - not on vinyl or via iTunes or any of the conventional ways of releasing music, but via an app - because they’re all software developers, right? They made an interactive app by which they released their album…..It’s dreamy, it’s spacey…. I think people… will find a lot to enjoy, a lot of familiar, and ambient sounds… the whole thing is improvised by the way, all of their music to date has been entirely improvised…”
Awakening is their most focused and steadfast material yet!
Check out TBF's latest Awakening EP! Get it for a VIP discounted price when you purchase it from Bandcamp:
Radio DJ Simon Edwards of Loose Canon with Simon Edwards on 6 Towns Radio in the United Kingdom, says:
Loose Canon with Simon Edwards
“Right now to Los Angeles, The Band Famous are a duo and they've got a six-track EP that came out in February, it's called Awakening. I'm going to play you "Because"...[The Band Famous - "Because"]...Mmm nice one folks. That was The Band Famous and "Because".“
Writer Jerard Fagerberg of City Pages, says:
The Band Famous – “Emotional Scatter” (PREMIERE)
“Self-produced trip-hop group the Band Famous exist to uplift you, even if they sound a bit wacky when they do. They may not be self-actualized enough to dispense good advice, but their new single “Emotional Scatter” tries, dammit. Directed by TBF members Norell and Zander, the video tries to play motivational speaker, but when the band mixes in goofy lyrics and a mooning gnome toy, it’s hard to take them totally seriously. Which might be the point: Stop taking yourself so seriously and enjoy the jam.“
What makes the Band Famous (TBF) different from other bands?
They are arguably:
The first band in the world who can say one of their band members is a renowned artist and body painter.
The first band in the world to release an album of completely improvised material.
The first band in the world to have their birth live streamed on the internet.
The first band in the world to self-release their debut album in the form of a “smart album”, their own virtual venue and record store.
The first band to open their own private venue from which to host, showcase, produce, and perform benefit music events and festivals from while simultaneously broadcasting live on the internet and via The Band Famous apps.
TBF has proudly been endorsed by - included but not limited to: artist and technologist Greg Deocampo; the rock-and-roll Hall Of Fame's B.J. Thomas, LGBTQAI+ friendly multifaceted artist Olek, actor and radio host Jack Ramos, writer Jay Gabler, artist and celebrity designer Emre Erturk, 6 Towns Radio Host Simon Edwards, and comedian and pop culture icon, Tom Green.
Photo by Jessica Ramaker Photography.
Photo/Style/Set/Makeup/Hair/Edit by Zander.
Lady Gaga and Björk are both talented singers and entertainers that have an app, but they hired others to build it.
Not TBF! They not only programmed and released the smart album, but they are also “fine-tuning” the new technology to cater to their fan base. In other words, the “downloadees” are going to determine the future of TBF’s apps.
Sample three private tracks on Soundcloud from TBF's debut album Last Words:
Get these three tracks, plus six more for their nine-track debut album Last Words when you download The Band Famous® app.
They write all their own music, lyrics and do all of their own compositions and mastering to their videos and programming and everything in between.
The band formed over a spontaneous improv and live-streamed recording session in Saint Paul, MN, on July 26th, 2013.
From self-recording their debut album of complete improvisation, to programming their smart album, an interactive app, and releasing it on the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play for free, TBF has proven to be a very capable group of pushing artistic and musical content.
Their current active members include renowned artist and body painter, Zander aka Jacob Alexander Figueroa, and soulful singer and lyricist Norell, who is working on her first autobiography. Both co-produce everything to do with The Band Famous®; both members are multifaceted artists and entrepreneurs.
Photos by Jessica Ramaker Photography.
Past members and honorable mention to app expert Terry aka Terrance Clifford aka Jambots, who - also the creator of “TV Machines” - has over six apps on both iTunes and Google Play App Stores, including having programmed the Radio K app! Shout out to MN guitarist Edwin P. Scherr, who collaborated on the acoustic tracks heard in Last Words, as well as the guitar heard in "Lazer Eyes" and "Autotune Appreciation".
TBF has performed various pop-up style concerts broadcasting to their app audience. The Band Famous® performed live in Union Square in NYC, interacting with passerby in the park. The entire performance was broadcast to The Band Famous® app audience in 2015.
In December 2015, The Band Famous® live-streamed at Fix Coffee in Echo Lake Park near downtown Los Angeles, and in January 2016 TBF live-streamed from Capital One Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles.
Every concert that TBF hosts, produces and/or performs is broadcast to the TBF audience on both the Android and iOS platforms. On rare occasions, TBF will broadcast other events through their apps, such as Feminine Weapon Day 2018 in Los Angeles. Zander and Norell ran the photobooth taking pictures for founder of Feminine Weapon, Christina Weber, musician and actress V. Bozeman, and others while broadcasting the entire event through the TBF apps.
They have live streamed all of their benefit music events and their benefit music festivals they've hosted, produced, and performed in to date, with the most recent being the "Live + Follow Your Dreams" Benefit Music Festival with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place as beneficiaries: combining an all ages event with live music and DJs and the world's first ever Pokémon Go PvP ranked tournament for charity on January 17th and an 18+ event with body painting, stand-up comedy, and live music and DJs January 18th, 2020.
Photo by On Assignment Photography.
Photo by On Assignment Photography.
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TBF in Studio
Images available for download. If you share, please credit and tag us as appropriate: @the_band_famous on Instagram, @thebandfamous on Twitter and Facebook.
Special thanks to Jessica Ramaker Photography, Page Photographics, and Dale Lotts for capturing our debut app album release party for The Band Famous® apps on June 13, 2014, live at Gay 90s in Minneapolis, MN.
Please get in touch with TBF staff at [email protected] for guest list, interviews, promo copies of Awakening, or any other inquiries.