We are an original band with MANY separate paths/directions/goals in life, but no matter how different each of us are, we all have one thing that brings us together...MUSIC! (sorry, no 'Mick & Keith' or 'John & Paul' buddies since childhood stories here). Being so affected by popular culture & current events (yeah, a Fame Junkie, right?), we add t.v. themes, movie themes, show tunes and a hit single here and there to our set list...whatever captures our attention at the time.
Lawrence came up with this band name and "vision" a LONG time ago, establishing Fame Junkies in late '99/early 2000...this band has had more members than Spinal Tap has had drummers, ok?!
The "6 Degrees" of how the current line-up crossed paths/came to be...Fame Junkies, according to Lawrence:
Lawrence and Dino met thru a mutual friend, Luc, who suggested that maybe Lawrence could be the missing link/bassist for Dino & Luc's 3-piece cover band, whose main aspiration to form was to do shows at Asylum (now called Wicked Willy's) where Dino & Luc used to sing karaoke together, back in the early 2000s. This never materialized, but Lawrence somehow got Dino to join Fame Junkies as his bassist instead. Luc did a few "one-off" shows, ever so reluctantly, due to Lawrence's persistent "car salesmanship" antics, most likely (a few gigs as a 2-piece, oddly enough). Dino has been in & out of the band a few times, due to various reasons such as record label "contractual obligations", personal problems & petty tiffs (oh, the VH1 Behind the Music stories), but a consistent, major force in Fame Junkies, never the less!
Jason was approached by Lawrence at a brass music store, Sam Ash, while Lawrence was looking to add horns to the band for a few songs and somehow got Jason to do a "one-off" gig for 3 songs. After February 2010's gig at The Delancey, Jason "signed up" and brought in another horn player thru Lawrence's request for "more horns".
Trombonist Scott Sweeney was suggested/recommended by Jason as THE man on trombone. Lawrence wasted no time with that referral and got Scott involved...someway, somehow. Yes, a sonic shift was steadily taking its course!
Tenor Saxophonist Izaak Mills had a solo performance that Lawrence witnessed on a whim. Being blown away by the sounds, Lawrence wasted no time asking Izaak if he'd consider performing a song the following night with Fame Junkies (a Rolling Stones cover song, 'Bitch'), after that, it seemed it was all meant to be, destiny?
Drummer Andy Ross was referred by fellow members Scott & Jason. Lawrence scouted Andy's talents at Spike Hill (Brooklyn). Andy was tackling the talents (& persona) of Mitch Mitchell in a Jimi Hendrix Tribute band...Lawrence was pleasantly surprised! (Lawrence, pulling his best "George Steinbrenner", as in trying to sign an established ball player from another team to team Fame Junkies.
Sometimes, a guest musician is added here or there, depending on the venue, timing & opportunities that come up. There have been many, MANY musicians thru the years of Fame Junkies. My apologies for not naming all those who contributed to the Fame Junkies (there were A LOT), but I feel it is most important to "name-drop" those who are CURRENTLY IN the band AND those who somehow, someway, contributed (knowing or unknowingly, thru their "6 Degrees of Separation") to make what Fame Junkies is today. Thank You ALL!
For those interested in a more "complete" Bio (or a Bio according to another band member), email your request/questions and we'll be happy to give more details, confirm/deny prior line-ups/musicians, stories, etc...well, maybe.