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Komi Empire started as The Young Professionals started in the fall of 2009 when Shaun Thompson, Jordan Hanson and Thompson Aderinkomi decided to turn their random jam sessions into something more. During the day Shaun was a lawyer, Jordan was in politics and Thompson was a business consultant. With all three members holding down high-demand, white collar jobs, they had realized there just wasn’t enough rock in their lives and were determined to change that. Thompson soon turned to his MBA classmate Jason Waggoner to sing for the band and complete the set. Like a pack of comic book superheroes, they then worked as professionals by day and carried out their secret identities by night. The four decided to call themselves The Young Professionals and have spent their evenings and weekends rocking the Twin Cities since then. When Shaun moved back to Iowa, the rest of band decided to become a 3 peice, write all new music, incorporate some new sounds and strike back as Komi Empire.