The Band Famous is the first interactive debut app album self-released by the band, musical group TBF (The Band Famous®).
It is available for the iOS and Android platforms. It features the complete debut album, Last Words, an app-exclusive that is available offline, along with "Cycle of Destruction", a strategy, retro, sophisticated "Rock, Paper, Scissors" style video game with high difficulty to master.
The Band Famous® app also features their live interactive in-app concerts at the touch of a button, among other features.
The Band Famous® is also available as a mobile web app, featuring an online radio station.
The Hall Of Fame is an online music collective brought to you by The Band Famous®.
Along with being the founding, active members of the music group The Band Famous® aka TBF, Zander and Norell are also the developers behind this website you are on, both TBF apps, and the Hall Of Fame.
The Hall Of Fame acts as a portal by connecting new fans to music across multiple genres they've been waiting to find. There is so much good music just waiting to be discovered, and we like to think that we are doing our part by accepting submissions to be featured in the Hall Of Fame for free promotion indefinitely.
TBF Radio is our online radio station where we feature music sampling the Hall Of Fame roster, as well as some improvised and other B-tracks by TBF, some that are heard no-where else, like "Autotune Appreciation".
TBF Radio requires no sign-up or account login of any kind, and is commercial-free!
THE MUSICAL ARTIST
Zander and Norell are a husband/wife duo and the founding and current active members of the music group The Band Famous® aka TBF.
They are the first band in the world to release a debut musical album, Last Words, of improvisation in the form of an interactive app, built by the band members' themselves.
Terrance Schubring aka Jambots contributed to the debut album production, and also the game, "Cycle of Destruction" in The Band Famous apps. He performed on stage with Norell for the debut app album release party at the Gay 90s, and also collaborated with Norell for the song "Promises" on the anticipated 2nd album Awakening. Other past performing members include guitarist Edwin P. Scherr.
TBF has gone on to perform 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.
TBF also live-streams every performance on twitch.tv, and anyone can tune in via the eSports section of bandfamous.com.
TBF has always been independent. Zander and Norell handle all PR, HR, and creative productions, as well as outreach for the Hall Of Fame; but that doesn't mean they aren't open to the right partnerships.
This show has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 30th. Due to scheduling conflicts, Devata Daun is no longer able to join us for this event.
02/15/2019 - The Band Famous "Love Affair", event with American Heart Association as charitable beneficiary.
A benefit concert featuring three wonderfully talented musicians and even better, wonderful humans, banding together with TBF to raise proceeds for The American Heart Association, which has been fighting against heart disease and stroke for over 100 years!
Being that heart disease is the number one killer worldwide, with stroke ranking in second place, we feel that this organization's work is vital.
The heart is the strongest muscle. Imagine how strong our hearts are when we put our love to work collectively!
The following artists performed their music live at the event:
01/19/2019 - The Band Famous "Follow Your Dreams",
event with LA Food Bank as charitable beneficiary.
Being that January 15th is the birthday of one of the greatest activists for humanity, and Monday, January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. day, we wanted to host a celebration of unity, and a celebration of the beauty that is the right to follow your dreams.
We believe everybody deserves the chance to create the life they want for themselves, and we know sometimes this is easier said than done. As brothers and sisters, we must band together to lift each other up and help one another persevere. Never give up. Follow your dreams and help make the world a better place to live in.
We hosted a food drive in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which serves one million individuals, including 400,000 children, annually.
The LA Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to children, seniors, families and others in need.
We accepted donations to aid homeless youth, and collected donations of non-perishable food items that we delivered to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
The following artists performed their music live at the event:
Dakotah Faye, Korynn OC, Pye Luis and yours truly, The Band Famous, invite you RSVP to LIVE! Where? In Los Angeles at a private location near downtown, an intimate venue with limited capacity, but we will be live streaming the show as well! Location will be emailed after tickets purchased. Tickets must be purchasd in advance. VIP entry - those who show The Band Famous app - will be eligible for $10 cash back OR two complimentary drinks at our donation-based bar. Join us for our next benefit concert! We will be honoring and remembering our beloved friend Eyva Kid Cash, and raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Get ready for live music by Korynn OC, Pye Luis and yours truly. LIVE November 30th in LA. Join us for our next benefit concert! We will be honoring and remembering our beloved friend Eyva Kid Cash, and raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Due to scheduling conflicts, Devata Daun is no longer able to join us for this event. More details coming soon!
With the help and support of our fans and friends - our family - Norell has advanced into the Semi-Finals! From Monday, October 14th, 2019 and onwards, please continue to vote every 24 hours, or more with Warrior Votes. We hope you will vote for free every day that you can at minimum to see The Band Famous on the cover of Maxim magazine! Thank you for your votes, shares, and support! Thank you to our Warrior Voters!
Get ready for live music by Devata Daun, Pye Luis and yours truly. LIVE November 9th in LA. Join us for our next benefit concert! We will be honoring and remembering our beloved friend Eyva Kid Cash, and raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More details coming soon!
Thank you to our sponsor - the sexiest swimwear on earth - Malibu Strings, for featuring The Band Famous in the first two main images on their homepage of their website. We are so grateful for Malibu Strings. They're the best.
Norell was #1 in her group for a while, but is currently #2 in her group. The next cut is on Septebmer 19th, which will eliminat the Top 20 down to Top 15 of every group, then more voting until Top 10, Top 5 and so on. Vote daily for free to see The Band Famous on the cover of Maxim magazine! Thank you for your votes, shares, and support! Thank you to our Warrior Voters!
We are so grateful for our Malibu Strings sponsorship, and are proud to represent the sexiest swimwear handmade here in the United States.
We are humbled and so touched to have received the sweetest surprise package and announcement from Tor Sweeney, President of Malibu Strings. We are grateful beyond words that our band, @the_band_famous, is now being promoted with every order that goes out from Malibu Strings headquarters. The images on the postcards are photography by The Band Famous's Zander. Thank you, Malibu Strings! We love you! Your support means the world to us.
Enjoy a peak at the "Follow Your Dreams" Benefit Show with LA Food Bank as beneficiary, and feel the good energy. We showcased several amazing artists that night, here is one of the entertainers, Crown, a hip-hop artist from Daytona Beach, FL. Enjoy an excerpt from the benefit show that we hosted and broadcasted live through our apps and on our twitch.tv. Check out: Crown LIVE in LA:
Join us in a "Love Affair", event with the American Heart Association as charitable beneficiary, with live music by Korynn OC, DRYX, and Exxy. Get your tickets in advance for treats! One free drink and surprise gift to the first 20 people who buy tickets on Eventbrite, redeemable upon admission. For details see: bit.ly/TBFLoveAffair.
We're happy to report that The Band Famous "Follow Your Dreams", event with LA Food Bank as charitable beneficiary, with live music by Crown, Korynn OC, Dakotah Faye, and K-Doh was a huge success. We raised money and food for the LA Food Bank and are STILL collecting clothing to be donated to My Friend's Place supporting homeless youth. We had people tuning in to the broadcast via the TBF apps and on Twitch. We are working on a video archive of the whole wonderful experience so stay tuned! To see images from the show in the meanwhile checkout our Instagram feed: @the_band_famous.
The Pre-Release Party for "Emotional Scatter" was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended and who tuned into the livestream. We did a private screening of the current progress of our music video, and look forward to sharing it when it is complete. Until then, enjoy our new single "Emotional Scatter" on TBF Radio!
We were on the radio ladies and gentlemen! We would like to thank every single atom in the Universe that got us here, this is a huge milestone for us. We are so incredibly grateful. Thank you to DJ Mark Bensen and everyone at Van 92.7 FM in Holland, Michigan!
Mr. Zero's, a vinyl record store, with games, and collectables, invited The Band Famous to sing for their commercial. Listen to The Band Famous on Mr. Zero’s official commercial for their location at 1744 Lexington Ave. N. in Roseville, MN, 55113. Check it out:
TBF was invited to attend the ESPY Awards! Zander and Norell were inspired by the red carpet event. For more photos of The Band Famous at the ESPY Awards 2018, be sure to follow @the_band_famous on Instagram. There are also photos on The Band Famous Tumblr.
Also some very inspiring people, including the co-creator of Adobe After Effects (think special FX in all your favorite movies) and the hover-board program, Greg Deocampo;
Or maybe you're familiar with the movie Guardians of the Galaxy?
Five Time Grammy Winning Artist BJ Thomas has one of his most famous songs in that movie's soundtrack. He downloaded our app and left a review for us on the iPhone App Store, is connected to us on social media and is very supportive.
Familiar with the old Nickelodeon show, Hey Arnold!? Arnold's best friend Gerald was voiced by actor Jamil Walker Smith. Smith has also been on popular television shows Sister, Sister; Girlfriends; Bones; The X-Files; and The Bernie Mac Show.
We can't forget about Tom Green, who you may remember from The Tom Green Show on MTV; Charlie's Angels as "The Chad"; Freddy Got Fingered; and Road Trip, to name a few.
How do I submit?
It's simple. E-mail us via our Contact Page and let us know you want to submit your music to the Hall Of Fame. You can even submit music that is not your own, provided you have the artist's permission.
We are accepting original works only. No cover songs.
In your message to us, submit your preferred website/blog or virtual space you want us to include as your official site under our Hall Of Fame. Include a YouTube video of a track or music video as well. Any material will help us get a better idea of you and your vision that we may or may not pick to enter.
If selected to be added to the Hall Of Fame, a simple waiver must be signed by the copyright holder of the submitted track(s) that grants us permission to be promoted on our network and newsletter and featured for as long as you want in the Hall Of Fame, and TBF Radio.
What do I get when I am entered?
Free promotion on our Hall Of Fame; regular inclusion in our monthly newsletters to our fan-base and audience; and shout outs on our social media.
Did we mention free?
You also get: A track included in our online radio station which also includes some of our music exclusively available only on our station and not heard or found anywhere else on the Internet.
What if I want to leave the Hall Of Fame?
We would be sad to see you leave our community and team but if you need to, we won't stop you!
We can also remove the track from the radio station with just a simple e-mail of your request.
I love how sexy I feel in my Malibu Strings bikinis! I am so grateful for my Malibu Strings sponsorship! They're my favorite swimwear ever.
We work so hard, it's so relaxing when my husband rubs my neck and shoulders with 805 Buddha Bliss cannabis oil. It is easily one of my favorite ways to unwind! I know he feels the same way when I reciprocate the favor.
Do you want to sponsor The Band Famous®?
We love and appreciate our sponsors. As a hard-working, multimedia, indepedent band, we are always open to new sponsorships and partnerships. Sponsors are always welcome. Get in touch with us via the Contact page or email [email protected]!
Items on this wish list will help us level up our creative productions; funneling into our photo shoots, music video productions, album art, song art, music production, body painting, live music performance, and more.
We have our wish list set up in such a way that when you purchase any item from our list, you will not only be supporting The Band Famous®, but you will be supporting a charity of your choice when you shop.
Read what people are saying about The Band Famous®:
Super interesting expression of the idea of a new format for music. Cool synthesis of music video and having a social relationship with the user. Two thumbs and a big toe up. Experimental music worth checking out. Reminds me of Björk.
Band Famous!! This is my favorite new music. This girl just steps up and sings her heart out. I love that. BJ
Very cool. That’s amazing! Wow you’re really organized! That sounds super cool. Coding is the new rock n roll!…I love Famous…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?
The band famous is super dope! I dig this band. They have a vision that musically creates a space for me to use my imagination to dare to be the famous star of my own twisted fate!
Da Bomb App. This app is magnificent. How are you people so creative and talented its disgusting. Music beautiful, love the game, everything excellent, all around winner, A+. LOVE TO THE BAND FAMOUS. Download this app now its a game changer. Bravo! I have never even written an app review and this is how compelled I am. Norell is an angel from heaven and Zander is WILDLY talented too. Keep it coming guys!
Addictive. I particularly like the sensual song Ink and Feather, it reminds me of a after hours smokey bar. I have stayed away from games but Cycle of Destruction is crazy addictive. Natural elements take out or cancel the other - it is compelling playing competing symbols against each other.
World wide!!!! ....The BandFamous is a cut above the rest and defines what innovation, creativity, and originality really is.
Read what people are saying about "Emotional Scatter", the latest hit by The Band Famous®:
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. TBF will be performing their new record Awakening in full on November 30. Follow them on social media to get the deets on the location and the streaming info.
That's so sick!!! Great work... Yasss babes support babes
Love the page. The first 4 seconds made me want to listen more. Great vocals. Really like what happens ~57:00. I like the track's chill vibe and the way it takes it's time. Solid. Awesome.
Actor, comedian, filmmaker and musician Tom Green talked about TBF with singer Norell on his CBS Radio Show The Tom Green Radio Show: “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?”
Grammy winning recording and performing artist BJ Thomas calls "Band Famous!! This is my favorite new music. This girl just steps up and sings her heart out. I love that. BJ" – take a listen at this location: YouTube.com/TheBandFamousTM
The music video for "Autotune Appreciation" has officially been released on the seven year wedding anniversary of TBF members and featuring actual footage from the wedding of Norell and Zander, starring now Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey. Check it out:
Check out the latest self-produced music video by The Band Famous, "Emotional Scatter", premiered by City Pages Music:
Check out TBF's DIY production for their single "Promises" off their upcoming 2nd album, Awakening.
One fan, artist Brant Kingman describes the music video, “Ambitious production! Basically a feature film reduced to a music video. Good work you guys!”
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".
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. TBF will be performing their new record Awakening in full on November 30. Follow them on social media to get the deets on the location and the streaming info.“
Purchase or Stream TBF's Single "Autotune Appreciation", from the upcoming 2nd album, Awakening.
“I have to ask. I absolutley 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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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…”
“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’…”
“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.”
“…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…”
“'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)”
“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.”
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.
Get their nine-track improvised 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 livestreamed 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".
Photo by Jessica Ramaker 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, or promo copies of Awakening, or any other inquiries.