Young band set for Hollywood

Teenage band Purple Mafia who won this year’s AMP Awards in Harrogate have been invited to California to record with Grammy-nominated producers at a Los Angeles record label where Hollywood star and keen music fan Johnny Depp has a creative interest.

Made up of five, 15 to 17-years-olds, Purple Mafia has been together since four of the boys met as pupils at Ripon Grammar School and they have been performing for more than three years building up a strong regional fan base.

As a result of the publicity generated by their AMP Awards success at the Royal Hall, the band was contacted by Mitch Goodman, the label manager, at Unison Music, an independent record label in Los Angeles who was impressed by their energy, talent and enthusiasm.

Unison is owned and operated by renowned producers Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn, both of who have been immersed in the music industry their entire lives.

Witkin was nominated for a Grammy – the music industry’s equivalent of the Oscars – for his work with film star Johnny Depp on the soundtrack of the film Sweeney Todd.

Witkin and Depp have been close friends since they were young teens, playing in their own band, The Kids.

Purple Mafia are scheduled to fly out to Los Angeles from Heathrow on August 23 and return on September 3. During the trip, they aim to record several of the band’s original songs and also perform a live show at a Hollywood club.

Goodman said “We’re excited at the prospect of working with Purple Mafia who really caught our imagination with their talent and obvious enthusiasm. Not a “boy-band”, but a young rock outfit with a great sense of melody and fun.”