Jaego's Live and Unsigned audition diary

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.


1. Jocknroll18 Mar 2011, 10:48am Report

They've obviously not read all the warnings about the scam that are the Live and Unsigned competitions.

2. Jaego23 Mar 2011, 5:32pm Report

I am aware of lots of warnings, but nothing so far with any reason for concern.
It is going exactly as we expected and we are enjoying every minute of it.
So far I have heard
1. It is only about making money - Really and I thought people gave up their time for free.
2. You only get to play for 3:30 at the competition - True and I wish we got longer but they have a lot of bands to get through remembering they start with 12,000 bands applying also so does X-Factor finalists at each show.
3. You get nothing out of it - We're in The List baby, go on. Not bad for 12.50
4. You have to bring people and they only get you for 3:30 - Actually they got the whole show which people who came said they loved every minute of it. 7.50 for the whole experience.

There was talk of people not getting anything at the end when they won but they guy from 2009 was there playing a number of songs to both Audiences and he seemed pleased. I can't speak for that part as you would have to win to find out.

I am guenuinly asking if you have some real grounds for your comments. Maybe I am missing something here, but can someone point out the scam.

scam (skm) Slang
A fraudulent business scheme; a swindle.
tr.v. scammed, scam·ming, scams
To defraud; swindle.

3. The Stodd23 Mar 2012, 12:12pm Report

There's a whole list of reasons not to get involved with these snake oil peddlers. It's nothing short of a pay to play money making sheme. They're currently being investigated by the ASA as well.

Have a read:



4. thislast23 Mar 2012, 11:00am Report

The Advertising Standards Authority are currently investigating a complaint from a previous winner of the Live and Unsigned event. See the BBC story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-16355713

I have followed this story for several years now and I have corresponded with and talked to several contestants with sad stories to tell. The fullest account is here: http://thislast.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/live-and-unsigned-scam.html

I have also had a long conversation with a member of another "winning " band. His report was that the national "tour" that followed was (as Jaego implies) nothing more than a protracted endorsement for the "product" (Live and Unsigned). The band split up after being messed about and let down and nothing came of it all. To the best of my knowledge, no artist at all has ever "made it" (or anything) from entering or winning this competition.

The time and money that a band and their friends spend on trailing around for the competition would be better spent closer to home, putting on decent gigs (in their own garage/cellar if necessary).

See what Leeds has to say here: http://www.leedsmusicforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25026

It would be great to get an update from Jaego. I really hope they are doing well.

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