Make Me Famous

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Make Me Famous
Make Me Famous August 2012.jpg
Make Me Famous performing live in Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S. in August 2012
Background information
Origin Donetsk, Ukraine
Genres Metalcore, electronicore, post-hardcore
Years active 2009 (2009)–2012
Labels Sumerian Records
Past members Denis Shaforostov
Serj Kravchencko
Sergei Hohlov
Jimmy X Rose
Dusty Boles
Jace Thomas

Make Me Famous were a Ukrainian metalcore band. They were founded by lead guitarist and co-vocalist Denis Shaforostov, who gained popularity through his YouTube channel "above92".[1] They have released one studio album, titled It's Now or Never.


Formation and Keep This in Your Music Player (2010–2011)[edit]

The band formed in 2010 after Denis Shaforostov uploaded his songs for videos on YouTube.[2] He then recruited bassist Sergei Hohlov to create original music. These two then recruited Igor "Jimmy X Rose" Yastrebov on guitar/songwriting because Shaforostov thought to use 3–4 songs written completely by Yastrebov, in Jimmy and Shaforostov's previous band where they played in together. Soon after, Serj Kravchenko, the former vocalist of Pictures Inside Me, joined the band on lead vocals. Jace Thomas was later recruited to play drums, respectively.

In early 2011, the band released their first EP entitled Keep This in Your Music Player. The EP features the songs "Make It Precious", "I Am A Traitor. No One Does Care" and "Once You Killed a Cow, You Gotta Make a Burger", all of which were included on the band's debut record. The three songs were not re-recorded for the debut album, instead the exact versions on this EP were included onto the album.

Drummer Jace Thomas was kicked out of the band in 2011 because he allegedly leaked instrumentals of the band's music. He was replaced by former Rose Funeral drummer Dusty Boles.[1]

It's Now or Never (2011–2012)[edit]

On September 30, 2011, they officially announced that they were signed to Sumerian Records.

On March 27, 2012, the band released their debut album titled It's Now or Never[1][3] The album peaked at No. 151 on the Billboard 200, No. 13 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 5 on the Heatseekers Chart, No. 26 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and No. 37 on the Top Rock Albums.[4][5]

Unreleased single and reorganization (2012–2013)[edit]

The band had begun playing a new song entitled "Locked & Loaded" in 2012, but never reached its final recording stages to be released.

At the end of November 2012, founding member and frontman Denis Shaforostov was kicked out of the band by the other 4 members, and was subsequently dropped from Sumerian Records.[6] The reason was because of constant conflicts between Shaforostov and the rest of the band. Sumerian Records when announcing that they dropped the band was simply stated "It's a shame when band members cannot get along with each other." Make Me Famous then held one final tour after Shaforostov had been fired before officially breaking up.[7]

The remaining members minus Shaforostov promised to return with a new band. They created a new band called Oceans Red.[8]

Oceans Red recruited Washington-based drummer Nick Mayhew before dropping their "Hold Your Breath" EP in October 2013. Soon after, Dusty Boles and Nick Mayhew departed Oceans Red to start the new band, Via Vanity. Oceans Red is currently writing a full-length album with the new lineup, while Via Vanity released four singles: Dangerous, The Riddle, The Red, and Skeleton Key.

Shaforostov started a new band called Down & Dirty. On October 1, 2013 the band announced that their debut album is going to be produced by Joey Sturgis. According to Denis, the unreleased Make Me Famous Song "Locked & Loaded" will be released on the upcoming Down & Dirty debut album. However, it was announced early in 2015 that Denis had left Down & Dirty and joined UK-based metalcore band Asking Alexandria.

Style and influences[edit]

Allmusic has described the band as "Ukraine five-piece with a slick approach to metalcore and emo."[2] Common breakdowns are present in the band's music as well as large use of electronics. Screamed and sung vocals were performed by Denis Shaforostov while growled vocals were done by Serj Kravchenko.[3][9][10] The band's influences include Bruno Mars, Def Leppard, and Asking Alexandria.[1]

Band members[edit]





  • "Keep This in Your Music Player" (2011)


  • "Make It Precious" – January 20, 2011
  • "I Am A Traitor. No One Does Care" – February 22, 2011
  • "Once You Killed A Cow - You Gotta Make A Burger" – April 6, 2011
  • "We Know It's Real" – October 4, 2011
  • "Blind Date 101" – April 5, 2012

Music videos[edit]

  • "Make It Precious" (2011)
  • "Make It Precious (Acoustic)" (2011)
  • "Blind Date 101" (2012)


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