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The Score is a digital News Magazine based in California. Focusing on the music scene, it is the company that Rio Pacheco is employed by as a journalist.

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Misfits VS!

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The Misfits VS! competition was a competition organized by 5x5 Records to win the opportunity to perform opposite The Misfits in a battle of the bands and, if successful, win a recording contract from 5x5. Entrants had to submit a music video, and the top few bands chosen by public vote would be given the chance to compete at a concert. Jem and The Holograms entered this contest with a song called MoreMoreMore, which became a viral hit and put the band on the map.

The score assigned journalist/reporter Rio Pacheco to shadow the Misfits to write about the band and their contest for the magazine. When The Holograms became a viral hit on entering the Misfits VS! contest, The Score began to take notice of their rising popularity. Once Rio's article was published, Rio broke the news to Jerrica that he was now being assigned to write a feature piece on Jem, to get to know the woman behind the performer.

Pizzazz's Car Accident

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Upon leaving Jem and the Holograms's Hallowe'en/video release party, Rio came across Pizzazz's wrecked car resting upside-down in the road and phoned 911, following the ambulance to the hospital. Rob, Rio's boss, phoned Rio upon learning of the accident and assigned him to write an exclusive on her accident. Rio informed him that he didn't think he was the right person for the report as he felt the Misfits were going through something traumatic and were vulnerable and he didn't want to take advantage of that. Rob reminded him bluntly that he was a reporter, not their friend, and that his job could hang in the balance. Recruiting The Holograms for help, he passed in his story to Clarice to edit and then informed Rob. This story featured heavily on new information that Jem and The Holograms were the new openers for the Misfits tour while adding Pizzazz's accident as a more minor mention. This allowed Rio enough leeway to fit what Rob was looking for without being too invasive to the Misfits privacy.

Jem Interview

IDW posted an interview with Jem, written by Rio, on their official site. [1]

Virtually unknown a few weeks ago, Jem and the Holograms have hit the scene in a big way. Front woman and lead singer, Jem took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with The Score and discuss some of ups and downs that come with success.

Jem, thank you so much for making time to talk to us, we know how busy you are with the forthcoming Misfits VS Battle of The Bands performance coming up.
Of course. Thanks for having me, I’m honored.

So, Jem and The Holograms kind of came out of nowhere, tell us how that happened?
Well, isn’t that where everyone comes from? You’re practicing alone in your garage for what feels like forever and if you don’t give up and you’re a little bit lucky, eventually someone is saying you’re an overnight success.

Fair enough, but few bands go from utter unknowns one day to winning such a significant competition—The Misfits VS Competition—which had tens of thousands of entries.
But this is the age of “overnight sensations” isn’t it? News moves so fast through social media, if you do something very good or very bad, the rest of the world will know about it soon.

Does that make things better or worse for young musicians?
I guess I don’t really know yet. It’s worked to our benefit certainly, at the same time, things are changing so fast for us that maybe it would have been better to break in slowly, give us a chance to get used to things changing instead of jumping into the deep end.

Are you finding it hard to cope with your newfound success?
So far it’s been great but I guess I know just enough to be a bit wary.

So, you say you didn’t spring up over night, like magic. Where did you come from? What’s the band’s history?
The Holograms are a great story, they’ve been playing together for nearly a decade. They’re the definition of a family band, sisters growing up together and playing together, a truly musical and gifted family. It’s one of many reasons why their sound is so strong and developed, so clearly defined despite how young they are.

And you? You weren’t with them all that time?
I…no. I have been singing since I was young, in a way. Not officially I guess you could say.

What does unofficial singing sound like?
The shower I guess?

You haven’t fronted any other bands before?
No, this is my first band.

That’s pretty surprising, you’ve got real stage presence.
Thank you.

Do you write the songs?
No. Jerrica Benton and Kimber Benton write all the songs.

Jerrica Benton? Eldest sister and band manager, that’s a little unusual isn’t it?
Is it? She’s a talented songwriter, I guess it doesn’t matter if it’s unusual.

So…elephant in the room…why isn’t it Jerrica and The Holograms then?
I…I guess she didn’t want to be Jerrica and The Holograms? You’d have to ask Jerrica.

So, what do you guys have planned next?
Well, we’re trying to release our first single, and working toward shooting another video. We’re also going to have our first live performance at the The Starlight Foundation’s annual benefit.

That’s an unusual place to make your debut live performance, isn’t it?
I suppose it is. I guess we’re an unusual band! The foundation had a cancellation and The Holograms have been involved with The Starlight Foundation and Community Center for many years so when they asked if we could help out, we were of course delighted to lend a hand.

What will the playlist for the show look like?
We’ll play a few original songs, but it will mostly be covers since audiences aren’t yet familiar with our music. This is of course not a performance about us, but about The Starlight Foundation and the good work they do for the community. That’s the most important thing, making sure The Starlight foundation raises the funds they need for the coming year.

So, super band, contest winners, viral sensations, philanthropists, what else?

I guess we’ll find out together!

References

  1. Here Comes The Success! the Jem interview by Rio Pacheco

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
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