L.A. Band, “Threatin”, Gets Exposed For Faking Their Following to Land European Tour – Podcast Episode #31
UPDATE 11/14/2018: In an interesting development, early this morning Jared Threatin’s social media profiles came back online, revealing a post that simply states “Jared Threatin to make “fake” official statement tomorrow”. Have his accounts been hacked? Has this all been an elaborate ruse? Or is he simply attempting to make the best of a bad situation by claiming that he meant to do this the whole time? Stay tuned for developments.
UPDATE 11/15/2018: Still more developments in this bizarre story. Jared Threatin (now revealed to be Jered Eames), or at least someone pretending to be him has made the following cryptic statement on his Facebook page: “What is Fake News? I turned an empty room into an international headline. If you are reading this, you are part of the illusion.” However, most (including his brother) have expressed the belief that he did not do what he did as part of a preconceived ruse, but rather he is trying to claim that it was done intentionally to save face. Additionally, the person claiming to be Jared Threatin has begun regularly replying to comments in an overtly arrogant, and crass nature, leaving many to wonder if this is actually Jared Threatin, or if someone has hijacked is social accounts. Though, this becomes less likely as time goes on with no changes. If it is in fact Jared Threatin, then it is a rather underwhelming end to a story that could have been so much more.
In Episode #31 of the Music Marketing Manifesto Podcast we will discuss the L.A. metal band “Threatin” who is currently in a bit of hot water over their failed attempts at self-promotion.
The band (who’s only full-time member is Jared Threatin) has reportedly gone to great lengths to create a fake record label, booking agent, fan videos, Youtube video views and comments, Facebook followers and event RSVPs, all so that they could land themselves a European tour that no one has attended.
This deception was recently uncovered by MetalSucks and the story has gone viral, as the internet turns it’s fury on Jared Threatin. Half of the band has quit and come home from Europe, the band’s Facebook page has come down, their Twitter profile set to private, and many of the more egregiously fake pieces of content have been removed from the web.
In this episode I am joined by Eyvindur Karlsson from One Bad Day, to discuss the situation, the ethical questions that it raises about faking aspects of your story, and to talk a bit about just how rampant this kind of activity is amongst independent musicians.
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So what do you think?
Is Jared Threatin a Fraud who deserves the thrashing he is receiving, or a kid that just wanted to be a rock star and made a few really bad choices in pursuit of fame? Let me know what you think in the comments below…