Midwest Hype came of age in the early 2000's in the Chicago area and officially became a band in 2006 when lead singer/guitarist George Matthew Prellwitz met drummer Max Kepler and bassist Nate Miller and began playing music together. The three of them went on to Ball State Univeristy, where they met keyboard player Kevin Krizmanich, saxophonist Ben Morrisey, and trumpet player Scott Whitford. After leaving BSU the band members proceeded to embark on a grueling tour schedule, playing 150+ shows annually over the course of the next 5 years. In early 2010, emcee Justin "Ideal" Diehl joined the group, adding the perfect complement to the mixture of hip-hop, reggae, funk, and jazz that fully epitomizes the band.
In 2012 the band released the "Dayglow" EP, beginning with a sold out show at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago. The EP was their first effort working with producer Steven Gillis (formerly of Filter). 2012 saw the band play numerous high-profile shows, including The House of Blues, The Metro, Wicker Park Music Fest, Summercamp Music Festival, and Hyperion, among others.
2013 saw the band hit Hollywood Way Studios with multi-platinum producer Dave Aron (of Sublime, Death Row, and Prince fame) to record the full-length LP "The Time." The album sets the dynamic contrast of the band's mix of intelligent hip-hop and soulful reggae against the driven background of progressive funk, with flourishes of hard rock and jazz. The Time was released in 2014 with a solo-out headlining show at the world-famous Double Door Chicago.
The Hype followed up the “The Time” by once again working with Steve Gillis at Transient Sound in Chicago to record the "Nightglow" A/B-side 7 inch vinyl series, the first instalation of which was released in 2017 with with the recording of the live music video for the title track & lead single filmed at a sold out show at The Emprorium in Chicago.
The "Nightglow" series finds the Hype elevating their sound to new heights to become a manifestation of everything the band has evolved into over the past 8 years; a literal reflection of the time we live in, brought to you by a band with no boundaries that knows no borders. By bringing together the vast influences of all seven members, Midwest Hype creates a sonically unique blend of sound and emotion that is the true essence of modern Rock n' Roll. The Hype encapsulate the true definition of what it means to be Genre free. With an extremely high-energy live show that never fails to capture the electricity in the air, Midwest Hype is a free-wheeling, dance floor mayhem-inducing force to be reckoned with.
:NOTABLE PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS:
Summercamp Music Festival
North Coast Music Festival
Hyperion Music Festival
Do Division Street FestivaL
Wicker Park Fest
SXSW MUsic Festival
Sold out House of Blues Chicago
Colorful Love 2008
The Time 2014
Nightglow Ch. 1 2017
Nightglow Ch. 2 2018
Nightglow Ch. 3 2018
Official Website: midwesthype.com