The Fame Riot are brothers and instrumentalists Liz Scarlett and Shazam “Tea Time” Watkins. The gender-fluid duo live and breathe both music and fashion, and have been honing their craft for the past few years.
Influenced by four decades of rock, pop, electronica, disco, and everything in-between, The Fame Riot are a flamboyant, energetic duo, who are keen to challenge people’s thought processes. “We’re bubble bursters,” says vocalist and guitarist Liz. “We want to challenge people to think deeper. We want to invite people to celebrate freedom from expectation, to not think or act or look just like everyone else. We want to push humans to make life more interesting than that.”
Having recently signed with Another Century (Century Label Group/Sony), the duo released their single ‘Heart Stray’. The electronic track is an earworm from the get-go – we love the indie-dance vibe to it! The music video is just as vivacious – check out The Fame Riot in action below.
‘Heart Stray’ has made its way onto some incredible playlists. As well as featuring on Spotify’s College 101 playlist (over 36,000 subscribers), it also appears on Amazon’s Fresh Alternative playlist.
Alongside releasing this incredible track, The Fame Riot have racked up numerous performances. They’ve appeared on KEXP, played Bumbershoot and shared the stage with Chromeo, Mickey Avalon, DJ Shadow and more. The duo also made an appearance on Revolt TV‘s ‘Sounds By The Sound’, where they performed a stripped down version of ‘Heart Stray’. Earlier this year, The Fame Riot performed at the ALICE Magazine New York Fashion Week showcase. They are also just finishing up their first US tour with Radkey.
Along the way, they have garnered great support and feedback from various outlets. On RedBull.com, legendary Seattle DJ Marco Collins claimed that The Fame Riot have “one of the catchiest pop records I’ve heard in years”. Galo Magazine added, “There’s no denying that if the ’80s and ’90s had a love child, it would be this posse of so-called ‘freeks’, who sport women’s clothing just as well, if not better, than the legendary frontman of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler.”
It’s safe to say that The Fame Riot are breaking boundaries in the industry, with their music uniting a diverse range of people. 2017 is set to be a big year for the dynamic duo.