The Scene at “The Scene…LES” Casting Call

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am by

We’ve been covering Craigslist ads for an upcoming reality television show by Jimmy Lloyd Productions called The Scene… LES, and being huge music fans, it’s something that caught our attention. Following up on a tip, we trekked uptown to the Gibson Showroom, formerly the Hit Factory, at 421 West 54th Street this past Saturday.  As it happens, April 1 marked the six year anniversary of the Hit Factory officially closing its legendary NY recording facility, so it was good to know that music hasn’t been replaced 100% by the new condos that now share the name.

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With potential to be just another Craigslist scam, it was apparent that, not only was this a legit casting call, but there was a line of eager guitar-clutching musicians stretching down the street. Passersby were entertained by songwriters warming up their voices and a camera crew shooting interviews.  Many stopped to take pictures of a few hopeful contestants carrying signs with slogans like “I want my 15 minutes bitch!”

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We were able to score exclusive access inside the studio to check out the audition process. Before heading into the main audition area, though, we snuck into the VIP room with almost every model of Gibson and Epiphone guitars and basses ever created. It definitely took some restraint, but no tears of joy were spilled onto guitars that likely cost the equivalent of two years rent.

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As for the casting process itself, what grabbed our attention was the type of people who were applying.  So many music-related reality shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent feature Midwest hillbillies competing against cheesy model wannabes with halfway decent voices. Not so with the folks we saw on Saturday. While there’s plenty of fodder for potential drama, that genuine vibe was quite apparent.  Indeed, everyone was there because of a true love for songwriting/performing, and not to become the next Justin Bieber or Rebecca Black.

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The Scene… LES will be shooting later in the year after the final casting decisions are made. Expect to see filming in neighborhood venues such as Piano’s, Cake Shop, and Living Room.

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