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About Fitz & The Tantrums

Fitz and the Tantrums, led by lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick, is a six person indie pop neo-soul group that has mastered the craft of making highly danceable sing-along anthems. Their “seventh band member” is the avid following of fans they have earned through their ecstatic and extremely engaging live performances. On top of their famously fun live shows, they have achieved great studio success with releases hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and the popular single “HandClap” breaking into the Billboard Hot 100. Fitz, a French-American dual citizen, was born in Montluçon France and grew up in LA. He attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied film, in hopes of being a movie director. His dreams changed in his senior year of college when he put together his first rock band, got in the studio and fell in love with the music making process. Post-graduation from college, Fitzpatrick worked as a sound engineer for producer Mickey Petralia, who produced for Beck, Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, Flight of the Conchords to name a few. Fitz’s next breakthrough in his own music career would begin by chance when he got a call from an ex-girlfriend saying that a neighbor was unloading a church organ and selling it for $50. That same day, he got the organ moved into his apartment, sat down and wrote the song “Breakin’ the Chains of Love”. He describes knowing immediately that it was the best song he ever wrote, inspiring him to form a band. To start the new group, Fitz reached out to old college friend and saxophonist James King. James would recommend singer Noelle Scaggs and drummer John Wicks, Wicks would bring along bassist Ethan Phillips and keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna. A week later, they hosted their first rehearsal and after playing the very first song, Fitz left the room and immediately booked them a gig for next weekend. They knew they had something special from the beginning as they instantly clicked. “It was literally like five phone calls, one rehearsal, and we could have played a show that night,” says Fitzpatrick. Fitz and the Tantrums would soon be offered shows opening up for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and then a tour opening for Maroon 5. This is where they first road-tested their