Jaego's Live and Unsigned audition diary
Jaego, the winners of the List's Live and Unsigned diary competition auditioned on 29th January in Edinburgh. This is their story in their own words.
'About a year ago Jaego formed to take new material out to a live audience. Since forming we have been successfully gigging and writing new songs. We decided to audition for the Live and Unsigned competition as we are looking for opportunities to be seen by those that could take us further and also to get good exposure to new fans. This is the bands number one aim.
First we set about taking one of our songs and began condensing it down to two minutes. This was a difficult job as you have to give all the highlights of the song without losing any of its essence. Originally we had four songs that we thought would impress the judges but out of these only one got straight to the point and worked within the set time limit. It had the right energy with lighter moments ending on a high.
With the exception of our rhythm guitarist we're all happy to play in front of anyone and thankfully the judges all seemed like a friendly bunch. Our bassist is from a band called Wilki (who are a very famous Polish band) and he's always said that if we can perform in front of each other, we can do it for the crowd. We therefore always make sure we perform the song whether we're practising or playing live.
Before Live and Unsigned we've previously only ever entered one competition. The problem with that was that it was based on text votes and didn't have any judges. Since we know people with more than 1,000 Facebook friends each it would be simple enough to win that particular competition by just getting everyone they know to send in a text. It was less of a competition and more of a popularity contest whereas we knew that Live and Unsigned was different. They have real people judging it so game on!
The toughest part of the competition is trying to switch on very quickly and perform, but we felt we did it. Waiting was hard, especially watching bands not going through thinking it was all over, but we knew it had gone well. We were called forward with a young teenage band and all we could do was hold our breath as he slowly (at least that's the way it seemed) said ‘You guys are through’. Yes! High Five! We were over the moon, but held it in until we got outside as the judge was still giving us important information You just have to hold it back with a big grin on your face.
As for our most rock and roll moment, it’s probably when I blew an amp at a gig at the Tait Hall Theatre in Kelso just using my voice. The band carried on playing so I jumped off stage to dance with the ladies in the audience. However the least rock and roll moment has got to be drinking tea instead of beer at Jaego gigs since we like to look after our voices.'
Jaego will be performing at the Edinburgh Regional finals next Saturday in show two.