Band of the hour: MAYDAY!


MAYDAY! manifests an undeniable star power. The dynamic alt hip-hop band has collaborated with Cee-Lo and shared stages with the likes of Daft Punk, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Method Man, winning over audiences around the country. Within two days of posting their video for hit song “Groundhog Day” on YouTube, MAYDAY! received over 2 million hits. The song then got picked up on HBO’s hit series Entourage. And that leaves fans wondering, “Can we be in their entourage?”

For this six member outfit, the mission is to make sure the world realizes that musicians from this city can compete culturally with the best of them. “No doubt, it takes a real talented group to break here. We feel very lucky to have earned our stripes here. We played nightclubs for a year before we got a real movement behind us. Now it’s like a speeding locomotive, the crowds don’t stop coming,” said vocalist Berniz. Currently in the laboratory recording their sophomore album, MAYDAY! will continue the journey as they play around the city and state in preparation for a national tour next summer.

Founding members Berniz and Plex on keyboard met during the aftermath of the notorious Hurricane Andrew. The rest of the members, Wrekonize on vocals, Primo on bass, Gianni Cah on turntables and percussion and L.T. Hopkins on drums, came later to round out the sextet. “Wrek and I have more of a pop sensibility in the stuff we write than Plex does. He usually brings more theory and science to the mix,” said Berniz about how they do what they do. He continued, “It’s really the combination or balance of the two that gives us our unique sound.”

Without a doubt, fierce beats and slick production hype up their performances. But it’s the depth of their lyrics that keep people coming back for more. Berniz explains, “The most inspiring thing about music to us is the unknown, and how you can start not knowing where a song or riff will take you until suddenly your memory and musical sensibilities start to show themselves and manifest into the piece. It’s pretty dope… like magic every time.”

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Published: 11/08

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