It’s every high school band’s dream to make it on the big stage at a major music festival, but it always seems like a faraway goal. For the band SWMRS, however, they made that dream a reality before the members had even reached their senior year.
Here’s how SWMRS became successful at such a young age and why they’re worth keeping an eye on.
1. The band members started at a young age.
Cole Becker and Joe Armstrong started playing music together well before high school, and they continued throughout their high school career.
Getting a ton of practice and staying dedicated to a dream counts for a lot, regardless of what age they started at.
2. They express their political beliefs openly.
According to an interview with Rolling Stone in 2016, the band has a pretty transparent agenda to bust the patriarchy. They claimed that they became aware of how much they were benefiting from their male-dominant audience and that they felt their work was feeding into it too much.
Showing their passion for politics was a great way to get an audience to empathize with them.
3. They work closely with famous musicians.
The drummer, Joe Armstrong, is the son of Billie Joe Armstrong, the frontman of Green Day. Billie Joe worked with the group as a producer and mentor until 2016 when he took a step back. He still supports them, but he allowed Zac Carper from FIDLAR to take over as producer.
With so many opportunities to work with successful musicians, they continue to grow and add to their fan base.
SWMRS found success through determination and collaboration. They are the quintessential example of a band starting young and making it big.
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Gabriel Dufurrena is a mathematician, writer, and educator living in Oakland, CA. When he’s not watching YouTube videos or teaching math, he’s jamming out to punk music.