Unknown Bands
by Maria Fiorille

Turn on MTV. Who are you most likely to see? Britney Spears, Blink 182, *N Sync or some other famous band of course. What about those other bands? The ones you haven’t quite heard of. Sure, MTV, VH1 and other various music television stations might show you a few of them, but where are the rest?

Well ladies and gentlemen, the answer is right in front of us. Every high school usually has one or two bands, or many of them, as Moravia High did years ago. Schools also have other musicians, such as someone with good vocal cords or a talent for writing. Of course every one of these acts won’t make it big in the music business, and some won’t even make it to a local stage. What about those who have true raw talent though? Those who only need a little publicity and an audience? What can we do to help?

Support. If you like a certain ‘unknown’ band or musician, support them in every way you can. Just like you would with a ‘famous’ band, get others interested in their music and go to their shows. The music business is full of competition and hard to get into. Many big bands of today played small innocent gigs for years before they could even come out with a demo.

To do my part on getting these ‘unknown’ bands noticed, I’ve decided to give you all a sneak peak of one band that deserves to be checked out. This pop/punk band goes by the name Y@nK. If you like bands like Blink 182, New Found Glory, Sum 41 and Good Charlotte, then you’ll love Y@nK. Omaha, Nebraska is where these boys call home. Their lead singer, Chuck, and lead guitarist, Steve-o, have been writing songs and making music for over a year now. The band also consists of Jeremie, playing bass, and Josh on the drums.

With songs like “Without You” and “PSC,” Y@nK’s upcoming debut CD is sure to be a hit. To listen to audio clips, read lyrics or learn more about the band, check out http://www.geocities.com/ya_nk. You can also sign up for their newsletter and request their CD when it comes out, hopefully in March/April 2002.

Steve-o and Chuck, during their first Y@nK concert.

Chuck, Josh and Jeremie rocking out at the first Y@nK show.

Our Music Special continues with these other articles:
Learning Music | Promo Pictures | Booking Agents| Managers | Producers | Pressing CDs
Record Companies | Copyrights | Recording Software | Sound Cards | Guitar and Bass
Multi-Track Recorders | Live Sound Gear | Microphones | Recording Engineer | Bands in Texas
Teen Band: Y@nK | Gigs and Clubs | Music Theory | Radio Airplay

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