The Janoskians

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The Janoskians
The Janoskians appearing at a meet and greet session in Liverpool, New South Wales, June 2012. From left to right: Daniel Sahyounie, Beau Brooks, Luke Brooks, Jai Brooks, James Yammouni
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop music
Years active 2011–present
Labels Republic Records since March 2014,[1] previously Sony Music Australia
Past members James Yammouni

The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation)[2] are a YouTube comedy group from Melbourne, Australia, The group consists of elder brother Beau Brooks, twins Luke and Jai Brooks, and friend Daniel Sahyounie. James Yammouni left in 2016.

The Janoskians have avid fans known as 'Janoskianators'. Their videos include performing gross out humor and non-consensual pranks on members of the public as well as each other, mockumentaries, dares and skits.

Group members[edit]

All original five members were born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Three of them are brothers: Beau the eldest, Luke and Jai are twins, they met Daniel and James at school. Beau and Daniel finished high school but James, Luke and Jai dropped out to focus on the group.

The group consists of:

  • Beau Peter Brooks, born (1993-07-31) 31 July 1993 (age 24), the oldest of the Brooks Brothers. Beau is commonly known as the front man for their music, with many professions including singing, modelling and acting.
  • Luke Anthony-Mark Brooks, born (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 23), elder twin to Jai Brooks. Luke is also a singer in the group.
  • Jaidon "Jai" Domenic-Matthew Brooks, born (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 23), younger twin and brother to Luke and Beau Brooks. Similarly to his brothers, he is a singer in the group.
  • Daniel John-Richard Sahyounie, also known as "Skip", born (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 23), a vocalist in the band.

Former members[edit]

  • James Anthony Yammouni, born (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 22), a rapper in the group, as well as DJing for the Janoskian shows. He releases yearly megamixes on New Year and presents "The James Yammouni Show" on YouNow. He left in 2016.[3]


2011: Beginnings and breakthrough[edit]

The Janoskians began there YouTube channel in July 2011. They posted their first video in September of 2011 for their friends to have a laugh at, and just one month later they gained 100,000 subscribers. They got featured on Ellen's Dance Dares as Scooter Braun tweeted Ellen Degeneres with the Janoskians attempt[4] .

They appeared also in the music video for "Forget The World[5]" by Australian singer Faydee on August 14th 2012, pulling off some of their typical stunts in a classroom setting. Jai Brooks also appeared in the music video of another big hit of Faydee titled "Can't Let Go[6]" on October 9, 2013.

2012–2013: International success[edit]

On 31 March 2012, the group scheduled a meet and greet with their fans at Melbourne's Luna Park[7]. The event had to be cancelled when unexpectedly large crowds turned up.[8] 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, who met the group and obtained autographs. Many fans arrived early and camped out to ensure they had a chance to meet the members.

In 2012, the Janoskians signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.[9] Their first single, "Set This World on Fire", co-written by Beau Brooks, was released on September 18th 2012 on iTunes , first as an audio file[10], and a "unofficial" video[11] released on July 8th, they the released a official music video[12] on October 8th, and later dropped five more music videos from all the boys perspectives [13][14][15][16][17].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, but is now available on Youtube to watch on "MTV International" Channel.[18]

The Janoskians had their first charting hit in 2012 with "Set This World on Fire" peaking it at number 19 in the Australian Singles Chart[19], and also made it to Top 30 in New Zealand[20] and Top 100 in the UK[21]. The follow up single "Best Friends" reached number 30 in Australia also charting in New Zealand[22], the Netherlands and the UK[23]. 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 a few hundred people, but when roughly 7/8 thousand fans arrived, the event was shut down and the mall was evacuated by the police.[24]

2014 - 2015: EP, Tour, Janofest & Movies[edit]

On 22 February 2014, The Janoskians organised a meet-up in Times Square, New York. Expecting around 1,000 fans to turn up but 20,000 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.[25] Lionsgate announced in May 2014 that it had signed a deal with The Janoskians for launching a film featuring them called "Public Disturbance", which also features Mike Tyson.[26]

"This Fuckin Song[27]" was released along with the music video. A clean radio-friendly version had also been launched retitled "This Freakin Song". Both were released on 29 July 2014 on Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings. "That's What She Said" was later released on September 9th along with the music video, by Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

"Got Cake Tour" which was their second tour, It had 35 tour stops all over the UK and North America. The tour started on August 29th in Birmingham and finished on October 30th in Seattle.

On March 2nd 2015, they released Would U Love Me - EP[28]' which included their four songs 'Would U Love Me', 'Moodswings', 'La Girl' and 'Real Girls Eat Cake'.They released the 'La Girl' music video[29] the next day on March 3rd. The "MoodSwings" music video[30] was released on March 19th and lastly the "Would U Love Me" music video[31] was released on April 3rd.

For their JanoFest event on March 21st in Wembley Arena, London for one night only, got sold out and the band released a long single called "Rock Opera" where each member had his own separate contribution on the record. James talked about how he is still the same even though he lost weight, Luke talked about his love for photography, Daniel talked about how people assume that he's dumb, Jai talks about how everyone tells him who to date and Beau talks about how he doesn't like to be called the nice guy[32].

Their single "Friend Zone[33]" was released on April 7th 2015 along with the music video[34] where they dressed up as zombies, and later released a public prank being zombies[35].

On August 28th they released their first movie "Janoskians Untold & Untrue" ,it is available to watch on Netflix and only has good reviews[36]. They were invited to go on the red carpet with there new movie. Beau, Luke and Jai's mum Gina Brooks and Daniels brother surprised the boys at the event, the boys though they were at home in Australia[37].

"Jahoo Jahaa Tour" which is now their third tour covered The UK, Europe, America & Australia. With 22 dates around The UK and Europe, started in Dublin on August 29th and ended in Athens on September 26th.

On November 2nd their new single "Teenage Desperate[38]" was released, and the music video[39] later released on November 12th. On December 17th another single "All I Want 4 Christmas[40]" was released.

2016 - 2017: Another Fail Tour, More Music[edit]

On April 4, 2016 a new single "Love What You Have[41]" was released.

Their "Another Fail Tour" was around North America then headed to The UK and Europe, with the first date in San Diego on August 26th and the last date in Kraków on October 28, 2016.

"One More Time[42]" was a single released on January 9, 2017 and they released a music video[43] on January 28, 2017 which is shot on a camping trip with them and their friends. On May 10, 2017 they released a new single "All The Things[44]", they then released the lyric video[45] on May 18th on their seconds channel 'JanoVlog[46]' and also released a homemade style music video[47] on May 22nd on their main channel[48].

On June 9th The Janoskians twitter account announced that James had left the group.

Their follow up single on August 1, 2017 was "Enough[49]" and later released a music video[50] for it on February 23rd on their main channel[51]. On September 29th they released another single "Oceans[52]" which featured an Australian DJ Trifo.

2018: Music & Merch[edit]

On March 7, 2018 their new single "Fuck Up[53]" was accidentally released as it was originally meant to be released later in the month. On March 23rd they released a line of Janoskians merchandise[54], including t-shirts and hoodies and a onesie. On April 4th they released the first episode of their new series "AW PAUL[55]" on their YouTube channel. On the 11th & 12th of May they join HRVY on his tour.

Online popularity and tours[edit]

A group of teenage fans waiting for The Janoskians at an appearance in Sydney

As of February 2015, the group's YouTube channel has over 1.8 million subscribers. Aside from their original and main channel, "Janoskians[56]," they have three additional channels where they regularly post videos: "JanoVlog[57]," "DareSundays[58]," and "TwinTalkTime[59]." The Janoskians also credit Twitter[60] and Facebook[61] for their success; Each member of the group has over a million followers on Twitter, and all of them use it, along with Facebook, to regularly and directly interact with their fans.

Their first video was uploaded in September 2011.,[62] and their early videos were initially intended to be a way to show off their pranks to personal friends, but as time went on, they became popular among the general public. In an interview, a member said their video, "Awkward Train Situations[63]" was a part of the beginning of their, "kick-off" launch as a label.[64]

The Janoskians offer material on social networking services and are commonly the subject of fanfiction.[65]

The Janoskians have completed three world tours in 2013, 2014 and 2016, as well as a sold out one-off Janofest show at Wembley Arena, London in 2015. They appeared in the 28th Annual Kids Choice Awards, where they had body painted suits [66].


The Janoskians have been criticised for their reckless, dangerous and juvenile behaviour, and pushing their boundaries too far[67]. 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." The group has been criticised for pulling "disgusting pranks on strangers" and for engaging in "sleazy, offensive and intimidating" behaviour around babies and women.[68]

Dirty Pig Clothing[edit]

They had their own clothing line known as Dirty Pig Clothing. The line came to an end in early 2017. But they now have a new range of merchandise out [69].


Albums / EPs[edit]

Title and details Notes
Would U Love Me
  • Type: EP
  • Released: March 2, 2015[70]
  • Record label: Republic Records
    (division of UMG Recordings)
No. Title Length
1. "Would U Love Me" 3:00
2. "MoodSwings" 2:59
3. "L.A. Girl" 3:28
4. "Real Girls Eat Cake" 2:51


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Set This World on Fire" 19 23 91 Non-album singles
2013 "Best Friends" 30 83 35 58
2014 "Real Girls Eat Cake" 63 37 Would U Love Me
"This Freakin Song"[74] /
"This Fuckin Song"[75][76]
Non-album singles
"That's What She Said"
2015 "LA Girl" Would U Love Me
"Would U Love Me"
"Friend Zone" Non-album singles
"Teenage Desperate"
"All I Want 4 Christmas"
2016 "Love What You Have"
2017 "One More Time"
"All The Things"
2018 "F*ck Up"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


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