Daniel, Luke, James, Beau, and Jai (left to right, top to bottom)
|Subject(s)||Pranks, stunts, skits, mockumentaries|
|Influences||Chris Lilley, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elvis Presley|
|Notable works and roles||Awkward Train Situations #2|
The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation are a YouTube comedy entertainment group originally from Melbourne, Australia, who are now based in Los Angeles. The group mainly performs pranks and stunts. Their videos mainly consisting of the five members doing pranks, performing gross-out humor on the unsuspecting public and each other, and filming mockumentaries, dares, and skits. Some of their stunts are physically demanding and risky in nature. Their videos have over 108 million views worldwide. The Janoskians offer material on social networking services and are the subject of fanfiction. As of 15 May 2014, the group's YouTube channel has over 1,480,000 subscribers. They also have three other channels called, 'JanoskiansBlog', 'DareSundays' and 'TwinTalkTime' where they regularly post videos as well. The group also credits the use Twitter and Facebook for their success. Each of the members has over a million followers on Twitter and use it to regularly interact with their fans through these platforms. In May 2014 they announced their second world tour called the, 'Got Cake Tour'. The Janoskians' fans are known as 'Janoskianators'.
2011–13: Early beginnings
They began posting videos on YouTube in July 2011. On 31 March 2012, the group scheduled a meet and greet with their fans at Melbourne's Luna Park theme park. The event had to be cancelled when unexpectedly large crowds turned up. Whilst in Perth, Western Australia, the group scheduled a meet and greet event at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on 7 July 2012. The event attracted 3,000 teenagers, mostly girls, who met the group and obtained autographs. Many fans arrived early and camped out to ensure they had a chance to met the members. In 2012, the Janoskians signed a contract with Sony Music Australia. Their first single, "Set This World on Fire", co-written by Beau Brooks, was released in September 2012 on the Janoskians' YouTube channel, first as an audio file, and later with an "unofficial" video. The Janoskians encouraged their fans to create their own videos for the song. In late 2012, the group produced an eight-episode web show for MTV Australia titled The Janoskians: MTV Sessions. The show was posted to MTV Australia's website over an 8-week period. The Janoskians had scheduled a meet and greet at the Wet Seal store in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles on 13 October 2013. The group expected only expecting a few hundred people, but when thousands of fans arrived, the event was cancelled and the mall was evacuated.
On 22 February 2014, The Janoskians organised a meet-up in Times Square, New York. 20,000 female teen fans arrived, hoping to meet the group to get autographs. Police closed off 7th Avenue at 43rd Street for several hours and hustled the group into Foxwoods Theater, leaving the waiting fans disappointed.
The group's members are:
- Beau Brooks, born July 31, 1993
- Jai Brooks, born May 3, 1995
- Luke Brooks, born May 3, 1995
- Daniel Sahyounie (Skip), born October 31, 1994
- James Yammouni, born February 27, 1996
Their first video was uploaded in September 2011. The videos were initially intended for sharing among friends to show off their pranks, but as time went on they became popular among the general public. In an interview member Beau Brooks said their video "Awkward Train Situations" was a part of the beginning of their "kick-off" launch as a label.
The Janoskians have been criticised for their reckless, dangerous and juvenile behaviour. Media commentator Prue MacSween stated that, "Their act – if you can call it that – is so juvenile, and I think really irresponsible. It's astounding the power of the internet now. It just tells you that this global audience can be viral and suddenly nobodies with very little talent can suddenly be known by the world." Members of the group have stated they believe their fans know the material is intended only for entertainment, and subsequently utilised Twitter to mock MacSween for her comments by opening up the Twitter account 'Prune McSwineflu' after they featured the same parody character in one of their YouTube videos.
A bullying campaign against the Janoskians resulted in an injunction being filed against the perpetrator by the courts. The perpetrator posted racist and homophobic material on the group's Facebook page, posted YouTube threatening videos, and spoiled an auction by making a high bid on the item on offer and then refusing to pay.
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2012||"Set This World on Fire"||19||—||23||91||Non-album singles|
|2014||"Real Girls Eat Cake"||63||—||—||37|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.|
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