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Rock band with local ties hopes for MTV gig

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By Johnathan Ryan

A Los Angeles band with local roots is trying to benefit from its large network of fans to win a MTV 2 contest.

Djinn, an alternative rock band with three members from Lancaster County, is looking to get enough nationwide votes to be considered to play on the MTV New Year's Eve celebration show in New York City.

"We're really getting into it for the further exposure," said former Lancaster resident Daniel Ghent, Djinn's lead singer.

The band was in sixth place in the Los Angeles region on Wednesday, with nearly 57,000 votes. That was about 2,000 shy of fifth-place band No More Kings.

Djinn has to be in the top five in order to be considered by MTV judges to play on the show and represent the Los Angeles area.

Other cities will also have winners representing them on the show.

Ghent's sister, Mica Jones, who still lives here, suggests that local people vote for the band. She and her family have done so, and hope others will do the same.

"I've probably voted a couple hundred times," she said, laughing.

MTV's New Year's Eve show is one of the most-watched television bashes on the national holiday.

"They're going for that national exposure," Jones said.

Of late, Ghent said his band is balancing its time playing shows in California with recording a new EP, which will consist of five or six songs that will likely be completed early next year.

He said the songs will be more intricate, both lyrically and musically, than past efforts, and reflect the band's further artistic development.

Voting for the MTV 2 contest can be done online through Sunday.

Jones said to go to www.mtv2ontherise.com/contest/nye/la/ to cast votes for Djinn.

You may also check out Djinn's Myspace page at www.myspace.com/djinnband.

Other local members of Djinn are Russ Harper and Jason Avant.

The band developed a following after performing on the Charlotte music scene after it was formed in 1999.

Members of the band moved to Los Angeles about four years ago to pursue their dream of gaining a larger audience and a recording contract.

Contact Johnathan Ryan

at 416-8416 or

jryan@thelancasternews.com