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Makes Me Famous loses frontman, label; breaking up

Thursday, November 29, 2012 6:05 PM PT


Make Me Famous has announced the acrimonious departure of frontman (and primary songwriter) Denis Shaforostov. Since Make Me Famous was essentially Shaforostov's band, there is little reason for the current incarnation to continue, though its members promise to return with a new band. Here's the official word:

We are currently in the middle of our first, and unfortunately the last headline tour as the band Make Me Famous. This will also be our last tour and time playing in the band known as Make Me Famous. As it were, most the members of Make Me Famous were very excited and grateful for this opportunity. We would like to say that we love playing music; love touring and most importantly WE love the fans.

We would like to make a statement on the state of Make Me Famous. We four members were never treated like equal musicians to Denis Shaforostov. According to Denis, he was the only member in the band and he treated the rest of us as unpleasant as humanly possible, it was not fun being in a band with him. It was as if everybody but Denis were hired musicians and were expected to do any and everything that he would tell to us to do. Denis would also expect to keep a larger portion of any band income, in return he would treat us disrespectfully and give everyone in the band and the bands team an everlasting negative attitude. From those on the inside of the industry, this might not come as much of a surprise.

Denis not only lied to our label and management about who wrote what in the band, but lied to the fans as well. Denis told everyone that he wrote and recorded 99% of the bands music; in actuality all of Make Me Famous had a large portion in the creation of both. The music we made, including production and recording of our album was a collaborative effort involving all members of the band. We were not appreciated for anything by Denis, he would take his front-man position in the band to his advantage. He lied to the bands label and management in order to get paid more on royalties, payouts and even daily band tour allowances. Meanwhile it was us, the rest of the members of Make Me Famous, who did what normal, hardworking touring musicians do (setting up our gear, loading in merch, driving to the shows) as Denis refused to help while doing nothing but making nasty comment after nasty comment such as, "I brought you here, you owe me! You're nothing without me"!!

After around 10 months of dealing with Denis and the stress that came with him, we approached our team about his behavior and told them how we did not want to continue on without him. As of right now Denis has overstayed his welcome, he has a plane ticket booked home to the Ukraine and is flying back mid-tour. We will finish the tour without Denis, but sadly is not the first show without him as he has missed out on a whole tour previously because he simply did not want to play that tour (due to the fact that he once told the headlining band vocalist over twitter that THEY would be opening for Denis in 6 months).

In summary, Denis has some issues and according to Denis, the fault to his issues is everyone and anyone but himself. This will be the end of our current incarnation, but we promise you the rest of the members, minus Denis will continue on making music and touring under a new forthcoming name. Our industry team continues to back us and we look forward to playing for you in 2013!

Please come out and support our final Make Me Famous shows (dates below). We would surely appreciate the support from our fans, various singers from the support bands will be filling in on Denis' spot and it will surely be a good time to mark the end of something that we all loved and were excited about but was ultimately ruined by one person—Denis Shaforostov

Not surprisingly, the band's label, Sumerian Records, has chosen to sever ties with the group:

"Sumerian Records has dropped Make Me Famous. It's a shame when band members cannot get along with each other. We wish all of them the best in their future endeavors. Maybe there's a band from Australia that is more ready and determined for this open spot on the Euphrates roster?"
60 comments


anonymous
11/29/2012 6:13:24 PM
Least band where fcks would ever be given

11/29/2012 6:14:59 PM
No name band gets dropped and breaks up to the care of two people.

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:15:19 PM
Everyone is stoked

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:17:03 PM
They dropped MMF for Capture The Crown btw

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:18:23 PM
An equivalent summary of the aforementioned post:

"Denis was mean to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee"

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:23:30 PM
"Our industry team continues to back us"

dropped

11/29/2012 6:24:54 PM
Not exactly correct, dennis was kicked out, the band made a statement, sumerian dropped em, they broke up.

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:42:52 PM
Make Me Give A Shit

11/29/2012 6:44:33 PM
i almost read that whole thing. LOL to all parties involved. should have just told him to knuckle up and whip his commie ass. USA! USA!

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:46:17 PM
I feel like a lot of fans of various bands would be surprised to know the percentage of bands with one member as primary creator. A lot of bands do actually have 4 members who show up and play, maybe record what's presented to them, but have one person create it all. Whether or not that was the case with MMF doesn't concern me, just an interesting thought.

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:50:00 PM
denis is stoked. sumerian is stoked as well

anonymous
11/29/2012 6:53:35 PM
"He lied to the bands label and management in order to get paid more on royalties"

So you are saying he stole your quarter?

11/29/2012 7:06:06 PM
^ thank you, there is no way they received any royalties. none. USA! USA!

anonymous
11/29/2012 7:20:20 PM
this is some white people shit

11/29/2012 7:25:58 PM
Make Me Famous loses frontman, label; breaking up, still not famous

anonymous
11/29/2012 7:32:05 PM
I'm more interested in the comment from Sumerian regarding an Australian band. I sure hope this is a hint they are signing Twelve Foot Ninja!

11/29/2012 7:47:38 PM
as dumb as this is...it's very rare to see a break-up and label drop in the same day.

ukranians are not stoked

anonymous
11/29/2012 7:49:05 PM
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anonymous
11/29/2012 8:14:59 PM
I See Stars is stoked

anonymous
11/29/2012 8:21:05 PM
Lorenzo Antonucci is not stoked.

anonymous
11/29/2012 8:29:33 PM
Sad day for douchebags everywhere...

11/29/2012 8:47:46 PM
Did i just read Diary of a Wimpy Kid? What kind of sad little reject wrote this statement?

You put up with your shitbag frontman for 10 months? You were too afraid to approach him so you called up your management? And even then, instead of telling him to hit the fcking road, you decide you just cant continue the band without said shitbag?

anonymous
11/29/2012 8:50:21 PM
^^^ HAHAHAHA this press release is so funny considering: 1) The horrible things that everyone in the scene has to say about this band regarding how they treat venue event staff and other bands. 2) The extremely gay talentless scenecore music that they've been producing through their whole career, and 3) Tehir gay scenester appearance. I'm sorry but I don't feel bad for these jerks at all.

anonymous
11/29/2012 8:59:19 PM
I can't believe I wasted a couple of minutes of my life reading this fcking shitpile of a "press release". Go ahead and turn your applications in for jobs at your local burger joint shitheads.

11/29/2012 9:08:07 PM
Make Anyone Care

anonymous
11/29/2012 9:16:15 PM
Now when I think of Ukraine all I think of is make me famous, thanks for ruining Ukraine for me, you c-ck pussies.

anonymous
11/29/2012 9:46:49 PM
Breaking News Update: Former Make Me Famous frontman Denis Shaforostov has joined I Killed The Prom Queen who has worked out a distribution deal with Ash Avildsen and Sumerian Records. They will co-headline a tour in early 2013 with Dillinger Escape Plan including supporting acts I See Stars and The HAARP Machine.

anonymous
11/29/2012 10:20:08 PM
THERE IS A GOD.

anonymous
11/29/2012 10:29:15 PM
why are we associating this band with Ukraine?

11/30/2012 12:01:52 AM
Hot Topic applications are stoked.

anonymous
11/30/2012 12:19:24 AM
WHY WAS THIS SO LONG AND WHY IS MY CAPS LOCK BUTTON ON

anonymous
11/30/2012 1:16:42 AM
didn't read lol

anonymous
11/30/2012 1:40:22 AM
Only gays will read. Wall of bullshit!!!

anonymous
11/30/2012 2:13:38 AM
Lol that's what Dusty Boles gets for bailing on Rose Funeral/Serpents and joining a trendcore band to "make him famous".

anonymous
11/30/2012 4:52:40 AM
more like, Make Me A Pizza, am i right guys?

11/30/2012 5:03:24 AM
Who?

anonymous
11/30/2012 5:35:02 AM
Did i just read Diary of a Wimpy Kid? What kind of sad little reject wrote this statement?

Once again, LoydChristmas attempts to be funny. You suck.

anonymous
11/30/2012 6:17:45 AM
Good news.

That will be all

anonymous
11/30/2012 6:42:30 AM
"Hot Topic applications are stoked"

hahahahahahahaha.

11/30/2012 7:04:10 AM
anonymous
1 hour ago
Did i just read Diary of a Wimpy Kid? What kind of sad little reject wrote this statement?

Once again, LoydChristmas attempts to be funny. You suck.



band member.

11/30/2012 7:40:44 AM
Try to arc a load into your own mouth.

11/30/2012 11:08:14 AM
i totally forgot....WHO THE fck IS THIS BAND? i heard of them after they disband and get dropped, but still i feel the need to ridicule.

in the immortal words of nelson muntz: "HA HA"

anonymous
11/30/2012 11:38:49 AM
NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN! NOT CAPTURE THE CROWN!

anonymous
11/30/2012 12:02:01 PM
I wonder how much money this shitty band stills owes Ash for bailing them out after they wrecked that van a couple months ago?

anonymous
11/30/2012 12:56:59 PM
More like, Make Me a fatmouse, am i right guys!? ...Guys?

anonymous
11/30/2012 2:00:58 PM
absolutely made my day! :D

anonymous
11/30/2012 2:10:55 PM
"Lol that's what Dusty Boles gets for bailing on Rose Funeral/Serpents and joining a trendcore band to "make him famous"."


---butthurt, lil' dick andrew mikhail whining because nobody gives a fck about serpents or him, ever.

11/30/2012 5:29:16 PM
good, this band was horrible anyways. even by scene terms, i think? they were bad.

anonymous
11/30/2012 5:51:03 PM
"...and told them how we did not want to continue on without him"

anonymous
12/1/2012 6:57:46 AM
Make Me Vomit. fck this band in the ass no wait they would like it 2 much.

anonymous
12/1/2012 2:52:57 PM
HAHAHA are you happy Dustin? You quit Rose Funeral and Serpents to join a shitty scene AA! ripoff band and now you are bandless. fck Capture The Crown, Sumerian should sign House Vs. Hurricane instead.

anonymous
12/1/2012 11:25:39 PM
Make Me a Big Mac

12/2/2012 9:04:22 AM
THIS is why Dusty left RF?! I always knew he was a fcking gay. Lose the dreads, shitbag.

anonymous
12/2/2012 12:42:38 PM
No care ever.

anonymous
12/3/2012 9:07:19 AM
gays with long hair .....are not stoked

anonymous
12/3/2012 10:08:01 AM
umm... who?

12/3/2012 2:51:35 PM
Denis if you're thinking of starting a new band, holla atcher boy

anonymous
12/4/2012 5:59:30 AM
Dan Defonce is probably begging these dudes to get back together so he can book them. He can throw them on some Sea Of Treachery tours. #SumerianDlist

anonymous
12/13/2012 2:15:26 PM
the comment about the austrailian band was about capture the crown obviously

anonymous
12/17/2012 3:45:18 PM
Thank you gods of metal! One less shitty sad excuse of a band. Thats no surprise, a band with no talent is always bound to cease to exist. What I dont get is why out of all the bands in the world did they sign Capture The Crown to replace them? FYI theres Kalmah, Ensiferum, Apostate, or Fractals who are a hell lot better and deserve to get signed to a big label. Thats what happens when you sign a band that everyone hated on from their metal sucks debut.