FEATURED ARTIST / EVENT
The Naked & Famous
The Naked And Famous formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2008. After releasing two critically acclaimed EPs, the group exploded onto the world stage after their self-released single “Young Blood” debuted at number one in their home country in May 2010 and saw them quickly signed by UK label Fiction Records.
“Young Blood” went on to platinum sales in New Zealand and by March 2011 was also certified Gold in Australia. The song won the group the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll songwriting award in New Zealand for 2010 and in early 2011 the international accolades began to follow as the The Naked And Famous collected the Philip Hall Radar Award at the Shockwaves NME awards in London. Previous winners of this fresh talent award from NME have been Drums, Glasvegas and The Big Pink.
Their debut album “Passive Me Aggressive You” was already a gold selling New Zealand number one chart topper and was released by Fiction worldwide in March 2011 with its US release through Universal Republic.
“Passive Me Aggressive You” broke the top 30 in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany. In the five months since its international release, the album has clocked up over quarter of a million sales.
The album received glowing four star reviews in Uncut and Mojo and many other publications. NME’s 8/10 review called it a ‘glorious melting pot of pop perfection’, saying that the band’s ‘passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks’.
“Young Blood” has already hit Alternative Top 10 charts in Australia, Canada, the USA, UK and Germany and their songs have featured in television shows including Gossip Girl, Chuck, and Vampire Diaries.
The Naked And Famous feature on major festival line-ups for 2011 including Australia’s Big Day Out, South By Southwest, Lollapolooza, Fuji Rock in Japan, The Great Escape, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and Latitude in the UK, and Germany’s Rock Am Ring.
The group’s profile continues to grow by the day, with impressive statistics – youtube views in excess of 20 million, Facebook fans in excess of 200,000 – and a touring schedule taking in headline tours of the USA, UK and Europe before year’s end.
The Naked & Famous use:
Pearl Drums: Reference 24x16BD, 14x10MT, 18x16FT, 14x6.5SD
Pearl Hardware: 1000 series stands, Eliminator Pedal, D2500 Throne
Zildjian Cymbals: 14" K Custom Hybrid HiHats, 18" K Custom Hybrid Crash, 19" K Dark Thin Crash, 22" K Custom Medium Ride, 19" K Custom Hybrid Crash
Roland Electronic Drums
Ampeg SVT Classic Head wiht 8x10 cabinet
Fender Hotrod Deluxe III combo
Ableton Live Software
Akai Professional APC40