My name is Joe Ragosta and I sing in the band Patent Pending. (That's me in the center of the above photo.) To give you a little bit of a back story on who we are, Patent Pending is a pop-punk/rock band that's been around for 11 years. We're a rag-tag group of kids from Long Island, NY that have been touring in the same dingy, smelly, air-condition-less van for the past 9 years. Scratching and crawling our way through the musical trenches in venues ranging in size from basements in New Jersey to Warped Tour amphitheaters across the country.
With gritty, grass-roots promotion and a whatever-it-takes attitude, we've been able to carve a (very) small pocket for ourselves in the gigantic ever-spinning wheel that is the music industry. A few months ago, Billboard called and asked us to be part of The Billboard & Chevrolet Battle of The Bands that we eventually went on to win. You can learn more about our band, the battle and our struggle over at Billboard.com/battle , but for now, this is the story about the biggest night of our lives, the 2012 Billboard Music Awards!
Battle of the Bands Photo Shoot
Winning Battle Performance
Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet
Backstage After the BBMAs Set
Being in a small band, it's easy to have the attitude of "pop music sucks." It's easy to say that what Justin Bieber sings about, what Katy Perry is wearing or what LMFAO is saying is of no concern to the music that we are making. To me, this couldn't be further from the truth. These are the taste-makers. These are the people who, like it or not, are pretty much the soundtrack to the lives of anyone who leaves their home for any length of time because you can't walk down a city street without seeing their faces or hearing their songs. To be included in a night like this with people like that was something I couldn't possibly begin to accurately describe without sounding like a 13 year-old fan girl. SO FAN GIRL I SHALL BE! Here are some of my personal highlights from the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.