Live from Los Angeles, it's Eclectic Approach!
Fans of this quintet of Tri-City rockers won't want to miss Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC tonight because the guys will be making their national TV debut.
"We waited a long time for this kind of break, and we're very excited," said Jowed Hadeed, the band's lead singer. "We've been together more than nine years now, had some major ups and downs, but getting this kind of exposure on national television means we're on our way."
Those ups and downs include spending most of their time on the road in a beat-up van that kept breaking down, getting from gig to gig, living on $200 a month for food and having their lead singer almost die from the swine flu.
In 2009, Hadeed collapsed after a concert at Washington State University in Pullman and had to be rushed to the hospital, where he slipped into a coma.
It took Hadeed months to recover, but by 2010 he was back making music with his band.
Hadeed says it takes more than talent to succeed in the highly competitive world of music.
"We known we're talented, but we're also very persistent," he said. "You gotta be if you want to make it in this business, and we do want to make it."
That persistence paid off when the band captured the coveted top prize at the OurStage.com competition held in August in Austin, Texas.
OurStage.com partnered with producers of Jimmy Kimmel Live to give emerging artists the opportunity to appear as a musical guest on Kimmel's talk show.
Eclectic Approach is the second band to win the contest, which started last year, but they are the first band to be chosen to perform on the Kimmel show.
OurStage.com contest was judged by noted record producers Bruce Tyler, Sharon Dastur, Lee Dannay, as well as Scott Igoe, who is the music booker and producer for Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Tyler is the entertainment consultant, creator and executive producer for OurStage.com and also is a former executive vice president of Sony Music and Columbia Records. He told the Herald in an email that all he ever asks of an artist is to be ready when their moment in spotlight happens.
"Eclectic Approach has proven time and time again that they are indeed ready," Tyler said. "I'm thrilled the nation will now experience on Jimmy Kimmel Live one of the most exciting new bands around."
Eclectic Approach -- made up of Hadeed, Justin MacDonald on guitar, Ryan Jander on guitar, Chris Lucier on drums and Martin Celt on bass -- won $5,000 and also will have the opportunity to make a music video produced by the Emmy-winning producer Mitchell Stuart, founder of HQ Productions Inc., which is a creative agency and production company based in New York City.
"Despite everything we've been through, this win means we're finally on our way," Hadeed said.
Celt and Jander couldn't agree more.
"The whole thing, our performance (in Austin) and especially the trip to L.A. (Kimmel show), has felt somewhat like a chaotic whirlwind but in the best possible way," Celt said. "We were only gone a total of two days and we only had to play a couple of songs. But they were the two most important songs we've every played."
Jander said the OurStage.com win and the Kimmel guest shot has brought more than seven years of hard work to a glorious point in the band's career hopes.
"It has been a journey fueled by the support of our fans, friends, and families, as well as our passion for making great music," Jander said. "Throughout this journey we have learned what it takes to be successful, about hard work and persistence, and about love for each other and music."
The guys say it's a lot of work being a musician, but they never lost the passion and never allowed the dream to fade.
"Our dream has always been to make a living playing music," Hadeed said. "And the Kimmel show will definitely help with exposure."