Sounds of the Underground is the first and only alternative music show focused on exposing up-and-coming artists while showcasing them alongside major artists and international talent. The show was developed by Johnny Zirkel and airs on CBS.
Zirkel decided to develop the show as a way to give artists of all levels the opportunity to reach new fans based solely on talent and drive, and nothing else. With the decline of festivals focused around the genre, Zirkel hopes that Sounds will fill that gap to help artists and fans connect and build relationships with each other once again. The "underground" scene is not dead.
“Not one artist on Sounds Of The Underground had to do anything other than be talented and driven to be on the show,” Zirkel said. “They didn’t have to pay anything or sell tickets or win a contest or have a crazy number of followers or have a label. They just had to be talented and driven.”
Some acts appearing on Sounds of The Underground include:
August Burns Red, Frank Iero, The Wildfires Projekt, Halifax (reunion set), Emarosa, Craig Owens/Chiodos, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Sleeptalk.
Along with the announcement of the show, Zirkel has created an Indiegogo where fans will have a chance to own a piece of television and music history. Some items available are autographed guitars, limited-edition merchandise, and even a chance to co-host an episode.
The five-episode series began airing on Sept. 5 in select markets on CBS, with nationwide availability released the following Saturday on YouTube.