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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.
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Check out the merchandise we are selling for the wonderful people we feature in our Hall Of Fame music collective, including Nur-D, Korynn OC, and Elliott Roche, with 85% of proceeds going to the artist you are supporting!
We are so grateful for every purchase from each and every fan. The profits from our merchandising funnel into our creative projects. Your support helps us continue to make music, art, and apps. Thank you!
We were interviewed by Tyler Gallagher with Authority Magazine and Medium, and he asked us some very big, important questions. We cover just about everything. If there were only one interview to read about The Band Famous, this would be the one!
The Band Famous is now in rotation on FM Radio in the United Kingdom as of Monday, June 29th, 2020 on Loose Canon with Simon Edwards! Special thanks to Simon Edwards and 6 Towns Radio for sharing our music and our EP!
The Band Famous made a Bandcamp! You can now purchase the Awakening - EP at 50% the price you'll find the digital EP anywhere! There are also many never-before-heard unreleased tracks available for purchase, proceeds of which will help support the music and the movement.
"Give Light, And The Darkness Will Disappear Of Itself." We are so happy, grateful, and honored to see and hear our song "Escape" from our debut album Last Words [app-exclusive] in unison with our favorite artist, Olek, and her wonderfully multidimensional and psychedelic artwork.
For the time being all of our events are live-stream only. We look forward to sharing the future dates when guests will be able to join us in person at our intimate venue. Until then, we welcome you to tune in to the live streams we will be doing through The Band Famous apps, and on our website on the Home page, as well as at twitch.tv/bandfamous and Mixer, the next live stream dates being March 27th and March 28th. Thank you to all of our sponsors, and to those interested in sponsoring The Band Famous, we need you now more than ever and appreciate your support. Thank you to every body donating as well.
"Meet Jacob Alexander Figueroa and Mary Norell Jackson of The Band Famous". A very special thanks to VoyageLA for this wonderful opportunity. We talk about our beginnings, our struggles, and more. Thank you to all who have accompanied us on this journey called life.
Zander and Norell will be live streaming on March 27th and 28th, and will open up a Q+A session. Fans can tweet @TheBandFamous or email questions in advance that they have to [email protected] We're still celebrating "One Love Fur All", but amid public health concern this and all future events will be live-stream only until further notice. Due to the corona virus pandemic, we are adapting our upcoming benefit music festival to a live-stream only and will be rescheduling the full two-fold benefit music festival with the Los Angeles LGBT Center + Los Angeles Animal Services as beneficiaries for a later date and time.
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We couldn't have celebrated our EP release in a more magical way than as part of the "Live + Follow Your Dreams" Benefit Music Festival. Awakening - EP is available everywhere including Apple Music, Google Play Music, Spotify and more. All links at the TBF Shop page! We still have some limited quanity of physical CDs of our EP - featuring six songs from our upcoming full-length 2nd album - it is the first CD we have ever made! Get a copy of Awakening for yourself or for a friend, you can order from our online shop!
We are grateful and excited to be planning our next Benefit Music Festival with new TBF team members: Holly aka PkmnMaster Holly as our official eSports Manager, MC & Co-Host; Alexis aka Astrolex who is now helping as HR, DJ, & Artist; Gabriel Diggs as Tour Manager, DJ, & Bookings and Jesus as our official Food Truck & catering for TBF benefit festivals and events. We are excited to be having Tee Time and Moon Channel with us for future events as well. We have so much love and gratitude for the artists in our Hall Of Fame who have banded together to help make these shows possible, as well as for all of the beautiful souls who have banded together to party for a purpose with us.
We couldn't have celebrated our EP release in a more magical way than as part of the "Live + Follow Your Dreams" Benefit Music Festival. We have a limited quanity of physical CDs of our EP - featuring six songs from our upcoming full-length 2nd album - it is the first CD we have ever made! Get a copy of Awakening for yourself or for a friend, you can order from our online shop!
Moon Channel, DJ and electronic music producer, will be DJing some original sets including some NUDisco and a variety of House music genres on Friday, January 17th, and again on Saturday, January 18th as part of our benefit music festival for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place. Get your tickets in advance for the pre-sale and to guarantee your spot is secure!
DJ Tee Time, who you may know from Power 106, Young California, or Beats 1 Radio with Apple Inc., will be DJing on Friday, January 17th, and again on Saturday, January 18th as part of our benefit music festival for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place. Get your tickets in advance for the pre-sale and to guarantee your spot is secure!
Gabriel Diggs, as a producer as well as DJ, has remixed highly acclaimed artists Idina Menzel, John Legend, Steve Aoki, Sarah McLachlan and Usher and has DJed internationally in Ibiza, Brazil, Berlin, and more. Gabriel Diggs will be DJing on Friday, January 17th, and again on Saturday, January 18th as part of our benefit music festival for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place. Get your tickets in advance for the pre-sale and to guarantee your spot is secure!
Maw Kitty, whom you may know from America's Got Talent, or Tom Green's Webovision, will be performing some comedy on Saturday, January 18th as part of our benefit music festival for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place. Get your tickets in advance for the pre-sale and to guarantee your spot is secure!
Braxton Herda, whom you may have seen in the movies "Long Shot", or "Arrested Development", will be performing some comedy on Saturday, January 18th as part of our benefit music festival for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place. Get your tickets in advance for the pre-sale and to guarantee your spot is secure!
Slug aka Sean Daley of Atmosphere is a gent! He shared our benfeit show we had planned for 11/30/19. Sadly old man Winter has forced us to postpone the show as our headliner got snowed in and all flights were cancelled due to the weather. Zander and I also lost our voice, so we will be rescheduling the "LIVE" benefit show concert. Stay tuned! Thank you for the love, Atmosphere, we love you!
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.
Those featured in our Hall Of Fame music collective may be heard on TBF Radio. In addition, for those that also have some or all of their music on Bandcamp, we have them in our Hall Of Fame collection on Bandcamp.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hall Of Fame?
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!
Who exactly is the TBF audience?
Well, hopefully you!
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.
The Band Famous®, Mary Norell Jackson and Jacob Alexander Figueroa, manage The Band Famous venue; perform/produce as The Band Famous musical genre-bending trip-hop duo; and also develop and maintain The Band Famous apps. They have appeared on TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, online blogs, and more. Select press and exhibitions listed below:
We love and appreciate our sponsors. As a hard-working, multi-media, indepedent band, we are always open to new sponsorships and partnerships. TBF has always been independent. Zander and Norell handle all PR, and all creative productions and developments, as well as outreach for the Hall Of Fame and TBF Radio; but that doesn't mean we aren't open to the right partnerships.
Sponsors are always welcome. Get in touch with us via the Contact page or email [email protected]!
All donations made to The Band Famous® are sincerely appreciated and help us continue making music, art, and apps, and sharing others who inspire us to keep creating so long as we are breathing. We look forward to the continuation of our benefit music festivals that we host, produce and perform in; but in the mean time we will remain live-stream only. We are your original live stream band after all.
The Band Famous is proudly sponsored by:
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.
We are excited to have our own custom face masks and other surprise limited edition merchandise items coming soon to the shop, in partnership and cooperation with our sponsor, TLKKnitting, whom we met though Tom Green's Webovision! We love Tina and are so happy to partner with her for unique merch, handmade with love.
Disclaimer: NSFW. The artists and models behind the KC project believe that sex is sacred, that sex is spiritual, that sex is a beautiful thing - debatably more than most porn can depict. But porn can be beautiful, too. Erotic. Sensual. Animalistic. Kinky. Explorative. Sex is fun; sex is healing; sex is magic. Practiced safely with good intentions with consenting, equally minded adults, sex is nothing to be ashamed about in any way. As a body-positive and sex-positive band, we are grateful for the support of Kamasutra Candy.
Sponsor Us Via The Band Famous® Wishlist:
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.
The Band Famous has been doing the work so long to include womyn and poc in the music industry. Support their amazing work.
Happy new year to my fav band
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 Awakening - EP, by The Band Famous®:
The Band Famous on Loose Canon with Simon Edwards - 6 Towns Radio
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".
Read what people are saying about "Emotional Scatter", 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.
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.
Besides being lovers of art and music, Zander and Norell of The Band Famous are both gamers, enjoying games together like League of Legends, Left For Dead 2, and more; and on the mobile side of gaming, they have both been playing Pokémon GO since the first week the game launched, and are both level 40 players on Team Mystic.
We have been pretty active in the Pokemon GO scene and wish to help nurture the game's growth into an official eSport. The Band Famous sponsored PoGoKieng and hosted a PvP meet-up for him at our venue in East Los Angeles on Friday, December 13th, 2019.
I loved this event! Thank you for all that came out and battled!
We also attended the tournament at the Timeless Mega Tournament w/ Kieng & Nick in Montebello, CA on Sunday, December 15th, 2019. Zander documented as much of the exciting experience as he could and is working on a Pokémon GO documentary.
The Band Famous Hosted, Produced, and Performed First Ever Live-Stream Pokémon Go PvP Ranked Tournament For Charity!
It was Zander's idea to host, produce, perform and live-stream a two-day benefit music festival that would feature the world's first ever ranked PvP tournament for charity on 01.17.2020, and PkmnMasterHolly was our official MC for the weekend and was on fliers along with TrnrTips, and Mystic7 – all were featured guests!
The Band Famous has hand-selected these members of the Pokémon Go community to affiliate with, proudly represent, and sponsor.
Check out this article TBF collaborated on with Pokémon Go Hub's writer & editor Avrip - The Potential of Pokémon GO PvP Becoming an Esport - and see why we have sponsored Adam aka Avrip and why we think he is the perfect nominee for our official Esports Analyst and Manager!
TheSirMaximus was the winner of the Pokémon Go PvP ranked tournament for charity (the first one ever) on January 17th, 2020 as part of the two-day weekend that was the "Live + Follow Your Dreams" Benefit Music Festival hosted at The Band Famous venue, produced by The Band Famous and live-streamed via The Band Famous apps, twitch.tv/bandfamous and more that included stand-up comedy, body painting, live music acts from multiple states as well as local musicians, DJs, and more. TheSirMaximus has always been a strong figure in the Pokémon Go community scene, and has majorly contributed to the PvP foundation and structure for the growing eSports side of Pokémon Go. When Zander had the idea to host a Pokémon Go ranked PvP tournament for charity and reached out to TheSirMaximus about it, he was happy to help. Together we helped raise awareness and proceeds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and My Friend's Place, with links to donate not only on the eventbrite, on our website, and in the live-streams, but also on silph.gg. The fact that TheSirMaximus won the competition, leading a four-way-tie - with ocelot577, RyloRen, and Sassifrass88 - with a total of 32 competitors just goes to show his strength in the Pokémon Go PvP scene. We look forward to what he has in store!
One of Anadactyl's friends organized a GoFundMe for Anadactyl, who was forced to leave a relationship due to domestic violence. Let's band together and help surpass this goal, which we are so close to doing! That's how amazing the Pokémon Go community can be, and that's why we're choosing to help sponsor and support some of the creatives we respect. Anadactyl happens to be one of them, as she speaks her mind and is authenitic, plus she advocates for LGBTQAI+ and BIPOC because - in her words - "she's not a piece of shit". Well said. Please share the GoFundMe if you can, and give even a little if you are able to help Anadactyl make a fresh start away from abuse. Thank you! She has been an active member of the Pokémon Go community and has done her fair share of PvP tournaments and battles. Let's help her and her daughter make a fresh start so she can continue living her best life and being a vibrant, happy, and healthy member of our community. We love you Anadactyl! And we love the power of our Pokémon Go community banding together to help a friend in need. This is humanity demonstrated! We love to see it!
"11NINE" is a tribute song off of our Awakening - EP. The song and music video for "11NINE" is dedicated to the legacy of Norell's grandfather, Robert Norell Olson, may he rest in peace at Arlington National Cemetery.
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 Awakening EP.
One fan, artist Brant Kingman describes the music video, “Ambitious production! Basically a feature film reduced to a music video. Good work you guys!”
More music and videos under the Music tab.
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!
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.“
“As part of our series about ‘5 Steps We Must Take To Truly Create An Inclusive, Representative, and Equitable Society’ I had the pleasure to interview Norell and Zander, co-founders and co-producers that made their own queer enterprise with their music duo, software, trademark, and venue, The Band Famous.”
“The Band Famous created, hosted and produced the first ranked tournament for charity with an all-ages and all-inclusive event. They focus on bringing the community together and shedding their positivity towards others.”
“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".”
“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!”
“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 a debut 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" and "Autotune Appreciation".
Photo by Jessica Ramaker Photography.
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.
Please get in touch with TBF staff at [email protected] for guest list, interviews, or promo copies of Awakening, or any other inquiries.
We are a music duo ; software ; and production space and venue in Los Angeles, CA.
We have public store hours every Saturday from 3:00PM - 5:00PM PST and you can find us in Apple Maps and Google Maps! You must wear a mask to enter, and limited guests will be allowed inside at a time. We are excited to be selling merchandise featuring fashion by Korynn OC and Nur-D, and limited CDs by Elliott Roche from our Hall Of Fame music collective, along with custom TBF merch!
Stay on our newsletter for updates on when we are expanding our store hours, as well as on the details of our [Covid-free] events within social distancing guidelines, coming soon;
These will be limited RSVP, pre-paid tickets in advance only. Guests must test negative for covid-19 in order to attend, and must wear a mask.
Submissions remain open and free to be considered to be featured in our Hall Of Fame music collective and TBF Radio, which can be heard on the overhead at The Band Famous venue during store hours.
The Band Famous is continuing our music and creative productions, including a Band Famous production in the works - a music video for "Because", which was recently on 6 Towns Radio (FM radio) in the United Kingdom - an eSports documentary, interviews, and more. We are also in the beginning stages of production of our third album and can't wait to share more new music.
We are grateful to our fans that are able to continue supporting our ability to keep producing on every level. We are grateful for your support! We are always grateful for donations towards our business, entrepreneurial, and creative ventures, which funnel into continuing the movement, supporting great artists who are also good people from all backgrounds and across multiple genres of music. We've even received constructive criticism from one who said "we could be more than a hype band", but we love hyping up artists and people who we feel deserve success and recognition for their talents and for being a good person. We band together and produce our "Party for a Purpose" benefit music festivals and events in collaboration with the artists that we feature in the Hall Of Fame. It has been an honor to host, produce and sometimes perform in these benefit events and our "Live + Follow Your Dreams" benefit music festival featuring the first-ever Pokémon Go Ranked PvP tournament for charity on January 17th, 2020, an all ages (safe for kids) event, followed by another great night (18+) featuring stand-up comedy, body painting, live music, and DJs. We produce these "Party for a Purpose" events, that we live-stream via our apps on the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play, along with our Twitch channel, as we are able to. Past charities and causes we have raised proceeds and awareness for include Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, My Friend's Place (supporting homeless youth, a cause that is personal to us, and especially affects our LGBTQA+ BIPOC friends, sadly), LA LGBT Center and LA Animal Services. We are adapting as best as possible to continue the movement.