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AGT producer Matt Banks: ‘Everyone is allowed to come to the auditions’

Mr Matt Banks shared that New York City has the best turnouts because of the diversity of its people.



n many ways, like AGT, GRUNGECAKE is an amazing platform for undiscovered talent. Today, we are nowhere as popular, but we have the same passion. It’s why it is such a privilege to help push the message forward and to be the bridge to our audience.

In this city, talent is everywhere—on every inch of its landscape (above ground and under it). I had some questions, so I wanted to chat with a producer for the NBC television series.

Ahead of the auditions tomorrow, I had the chance to chat with one of its producers. During our morning phone call, Mr Matt Banks (Britain’s Got Talent producer) shared that New York City has the best turnouts because of the diversity of its people. When I asked him approximately how many people come out to the auditions, he shared that about three thousand people show up to share their talents.

I grew curious, so I asked Mr Banks is he fond of any of the street-performances. He mentioned a lad named Mike Young. He couldn’t recall which train station he frequents, but what he did share is that Mr Young makes his living by performing on the streets. We believe that is the tale of so many undiscovered New York musicians. If you’re from the city, or if you travelled on the subway system, you’ve seen a lifetime of talent. Whether it is young men from Uptown swinging on the poles, or it is a mariachi band, it tends to become part of what you expect.

Before we completed our conversation, I asked what he thought about the name of the magazine. When he was growing up in the United Kingdom, he used to listen to grunge a lot. After he shared that bit, he asked about the origin of the name.

“It is the beginning and the end, then?”

“Yes, it is. The Alpha and the Omega.”

Mr Banks wanted me to let you know that tomorrow, anyone is allowed to come to the auditions. You don’t have to sign up online. Walk-ins are welcome. You’d have to sign up when you’re at the Jacob Javits Center. 7 PM is the cut off time. Please, find the address of the venue below. We hope to see you all tomorrow.

It will be interesting to see how far some of these people will travel to audition.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York

655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Written by Richardine Bartee

It’s her unprejudiced love for people that’s taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs.

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