TBF

THE MUSICAL ARTIST


TBF aka the Band Famous is an alternative rock group with soul EDM infusions.  Most recently, the Band Famous has been labeled a trip hop duo with their release "Emotional Scatter".

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Check out the latest self-produced music video by The Band Famous, "Emotional Scatter", premiered by City Pages Music:

Emotional Scatter

Check out TBF's DIY production for their single "Promises" off their upcoming 2nd album, Awakening
*Disclaimer: NSFW (Not Kid-Friendly)*

One fan, artist Brant Kingman describes the music video, “Ambitious production! Basically a feature film reduced to a music video. Good work you guys!”


Band Bio


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.

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!


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.“

Gratitude

“Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Alexander Figueroa and Mary Norell Jackson.”

Gratitude

“I have to ask. I absolutely loved you, Norell and Zander, in that video that you did with the couples where Zander was finding these other women and making love to them, and you were in the background and you were, you were like this vision. What was the concept of that? I absolutely love that thing, and if that was a short film or movie, I'd watch that!”

Gratitude

“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.”


Gratitude

“Zander gives a food review with Norell at his side on CCTV aka China Central Television.”

Gratitude

“… you give a more intimate experience to the fans”

Gratitude

“Their art is now gaining traction nationwide…This spring, TBF was on the Tom Green Show and other L.A.-based podcasts, following the fall Android release of their album, Last Words. Their second album, Awakening, is being released soon.”

Gratitude

“Sold by innovation.”

Gratitude

“Your band is exciting, you have an exciting - would you call it an industrial metal band? What is it more of a pop, pop industrial alternative band?”

Gratitude

“Their multi-media performances include body paint and synth-driven grooves, and they have even developed their own app to broadcast these shows.”

Gratitude

“I just had to have them on the show immediately because they were one of those teams that you may come across, or individuals you come across at any entertainment function that was genuine… everything about them was about their business… I saw a humanitarian part of them as well… these are genuine individuals… Wowww - that there is really interesting… That’s an upgrade! …That there is really something that’s ingenious……. you actually bring the folks great tunes, you actually have fantastic artistic ability when it comes to body painting, and there’s a host of other things that you do…you guys were actually created through live-streaming, which is one of the biggest things and benefits that we have today in the entertainment industry…”

Gratitude

“You’re a group of collaborators, I mean musicians, developers, and people who are very creative, body painters, writers - I mean you have a little bit of everything and when you put everyone together, its like ‘we create the band famous’…”

Gratitude

“And the technology nowadays…You just have it in your pocket because everybody - everyone right now has a smartphone, so if you say you don’t have a smartphone, please c’mon. You know how to connect even with WiFi in your house… This is an amazing and huge idea, I love it. Let’s talk a little bit about you’re music - we’re listening right now, it’s very nice, relaxed.”

Gratitude

“…the band famous, who somehow managed to form live on the internet..that’s right…it’s like they filmed their own birth…they made an interactive app by which they released their album… 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…..[The music?] 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…”

Gratitude

“'Climax,’ a track on the Band Famous’s debut EP Last Words, was taken from that initial improv session. The band finished their initial release over a subsequent series of improv sessions—with Norell singing, Terry largely handling production duties, and all three members playing multiple instruments—and released the dreamy, synth-laden EP as a ‘smart album’ in the form of an app. The app, which also features a game and videos, can now be downloaded for free on your iPhone or iPad (search “Band Famous” in the app store)”

Gratitude

“He is also a contributing member in The Band Famous, adding violin to synthesizers to their EDM sound, and unveiled a new body art installment for their debut performance, body painting at the Love Monster Famous App Release Party on Friday the 13th, this June.”

Gratitude

“Lavender Magazine printed our debut live performance and App Release (Album Release) Party on Page 19 of their May 29-June 11 2014 issue.”

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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.

TBF has proudly been endorsed by: Greg Deocampo, Atmosphere, Jack Ramos, Jay Gabler, Kim Dotcom, Emre Erturk, and 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.

Photos by Jessica Ramaker Photography.

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. 

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.

Photo by Jessica Ramaker Photography. 

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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.