5 x lads
1 x school
1 x Foo Fighters T-shirt
were enough to act as a catalyst for Toby and Sam to get chatting. This quickly led to a first rehearsal, friendship and a solid unity between guitar and drums.
Who, how and where?
With the lads being at the same school; and part of the same social and musical community. Louiz and Joe were obvious choices filling vocal and bass guitar rolls.
Last up was Ezra on synth and keys. Ezra was already friends with the lads and was asked to perform in a school project as part of the band. Enough said, some things were just meant to be.
More than just the music….
As the lads drive forwards there are several ingredients that keep the Media Blackout train going.
It’s all about the shows, not just the music but the visuals and the connection with our fans. It allows us to express ourselves, doing something we love and aim for perfection in everything we do! Our adventures include headlining the Artrix, Virtual Cocomad and the Hopwood Village to name a few.
Our goal is to provide high energy shows so we have been developing skills and honing our performance. We spend a lot of time developing stage antics and coming up with ideas to get the fans involved.
Visuals and Concepts
We love developing new concepts for shows, introducing different themes that have been delivered through various stage outfits, costumes and backdrop video presentations. The visuals are as important to us as the music to make sure the fans get the best experience at our shows.
Giving a Little Back
Media Blackout has allowed us to show our support to the Lung Transplant department at the QE Hospital by raising approx £2500 over two shows. In 2017, Paul the band mentor received a life saving lung transplant and this was a great way to say thank you for the wonderful work they do.
Practising and rehearsing
As individual players the lads practise a lot. They have weekly planners with goals covering band material, grades and anything else help them develop as musicians.
The band rehearse twice a week for 2-3 hours each session. We switch venues each providing different tools – Toby’s Home Studio, Ez’s rehearsal room and RB Studios. We’re currently utilising Zoom to continue through Lockdown.
This is the most important factor for the band, we are solid as a unit, almost like a wolf pack. Yes, we squabble occasionally but at the end of the day we always stand together.