Mayday on Music Critics: "Don't Know If Anybody Cares What They Think Anymore"
If The Clash were from Miami and made a record in 2013, it might sound like ¡Mayday!'s new album, Believers.
With rock and Caribbean guitar riffs, simple and heavy basslines, snap-and-crack drums, multilayered lyrics, and catchy hooks, this slab is the Miami rap crew's latest masterpiece.
We spoke with MCs Bernz and Wrekonize about Believers, touring through the weed states, ¡Mayday!-label whiskey, why music critics don't matter, and how to survive the apocalypse.
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Crossfade: Talk about manipulating the universe.
Bernz: The album is about, like, being able to shift your reality, bro. That's what we're on right now. We feel that you gotta be able to do that. The people we hang out with are constantly living art and living all creativity, and we feel like they're shifting their own realities. That's just metaphoric. In terms of what you want, you can achieve it, if you can really see it. That was one of the overlying themes of the album.
Wrekonize: When people hear our music it kind of makes sense. We make believers out of them.
How many tours have you been on now?
Wrek: The one we just did was our third with our label, Strange Music Inc., and we did one early ourselves. So this is the fourth one, and we're about to go on our fifth in September.
Now that you've been around the country a few times, is it any different in Colorado, Oregon, California? You know, the weed states?
Bernz: They are very different, my friend. They have a different attitude, specifically on marijuana, but in general. We have the most fans in those areas. They have the most open-minded people and the live-music scenes are thriving in those areas. We resonate there. And our music is pretty vibey. A lot of those cities are just a lot chiller.
Strange Music does a lot of great merch, like cups and koozies and sunglasses and all type of shit. What type of ¡Mayday! merchandise would you like to see?
Wrek: I'd like to see a flask, a ¡Mayday! flask. A shot glass would be cool too.
Bernz: And I want take it up a notch, like, having a ¡Mayday! whiskey or ¡Mayday! rum.
Wrek: Our own rum. That's dope. Something with some wood barrels. Real authentic. With an oaky flavor.