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Band stages web shows to attract label

PUBLISHED: 17:25 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:37 12 August 2010

A BAND made world history by playing live on the UK s most popular social networking site. Red Box Blue, a six-member all-male pop band, streamed themselves on Facebook for five nights from last Tuesday until Saturday, playing to audiences across the wo

A BAND made world history by playing live on the UK's most popular social networking site.

Red Box Blue, a six-member all-male pop band, streamed themselves on Facebook for five nights from last Tuesday until Saturday, playing to audiences across the world including Australia and Japan.

They hope the performances will inspire interest from record label bosses so they can follow their dream of becoming a superband.

Bassist, Sam Harrop, 27, of Billiers Road, Beckenham, said: "It was great being the first to do a gig to our fans on Facebook. We were aware that it had never been done before and thought we'd give it a go.

"The first night was amazing, it went really well. The second night we had a few technical difficulties which is the problem with relying on technology but they were soon ironed out.

"We've got a big fan base for an unsigned band, maybe around 6,000 people, which is great. At the moment, we do about two gigs a month, but we'd love to do more and start doing some outside the capital to get even more fans."

The band formed 18 months ago after lead singer Jonathan Haselden, 27, posted an advert on classified website Gumtree.

He said: "We found that we got on really well and were musically compatible. The difference between us and other bands is that we have such a wide appeal.

"Younger teenage audiences will want to listen to us just as much as 45-year-old mums."

Red Box Blue have garnered interest from record labels in America but Mr Harrop said they are holding out for a UK label.

He said: "Obviously it would be amazing if a big label saw the shows and got in touch.

"We want to get signed so everyone hears our songs on the radio.

"It's cool to have some interest but if we signed to an American label we would probably have to move over there and that's just not an option for some of us at the moment.

"Three of us have full-time jobs but if everything goes to plan we'll be able to make proper careers out of it.

"We're confident that we're good enough to make it in the music world.

"In the next few years I can see the band becoming very successful.

"We plan on making lots of albums and I really think we're up to the task."

To listen to Red Box Blue go to www.redboxblue.co.uk.

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