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MayDays

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE
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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

Studio albums
Date of Release Album Record Company
07/07/1999 Mayday's First Album Rock Records
07/07/2000 Viva Love Rock Records
06/07/2001 People Life, Ocean Wild Rock Records
11/11/2003 Time Machine Rock Records
05/11/2004 God's Children Are All Dancing/Flying Angels With A Falling Soul/ Rock Records
26/08/2005 Just My Pride Best Of Album Rock Records
29/12/2006 Born to Love B'In Music (Rock Records)
23/10/2008 Poetry of the Day After B'In Music (Rock Records)

[edit] Live albums and DVDs
Date of Release Album Record Company
30/11/1999 The 168th Performance Rock Records
21/12/2000 A Hundred Thousand Youths Standing Up Rock Records
25/12/2001 Where Are You Going?Rock Records
30/03/2004 City of the Sky Rock Records
27/05/2005 Final Home - When We Are All Together (Final Home Rock Records
29/07/2007 Leaving the Surface of the Earth B' In Music
20/03/2009 In the Sky of 100000 You & Mayday B' In Music
4/12/2009 D.N.A. Live! B' In Music 29/3/2010 DNA World Tour In Live DVD B'In Music

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Bio

Formation and early years (1995–1997)
Mayday evolved from So Band which was formed by Ashin, Monster and the first drummer Qian You Da in 1995 while they were studying in The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan . They were later joined by Masa and Stone, who were attending the same school. After graduation, the members went to different universities but continued to cut their teeth performing in pubs and eateries. They were also actively involved in promoting the growing rock music trend in Taiwan.[9] In 1997, the band registered under the moniker Mayday[1] in order to join the Formoz Festival. This would become the official name of the band.

Early recording career (1997–1999)
Shortly after participating in the Formoz Festival, the band began to actively send demo tapes to various record companies in the hope of sealing a record deal. Their demo impressed Rock Records executive Jonathan Lee who described them as "the ones who would usher in the sound of the future".[10]

As a result, they signed their first record deal with Rock Records in 1998. In the same year, they also took part in the release of the Taiwan Independent Compilation Album by indie music label tcm which included their first studio recording Racing Car .[11] In June 1998, they also released the Embrace compilation album for which they took on most of the songwriting, production and recording duties.[12]

In 1999, Guan You became the band's fourth drummer and they went on to release their first full-length studio album under Rock Records on July 7, 1999. Their debut received critical acclaim and gained a following among the Taiwanese. It went on to move more than 300,000 copies, a considerable feat for a new band in the then pessimistic and saturated music industry.[10] They were also nominated for the 11th Golden Melody Awards under the category of Best Band .[13] The tracks "Peter and Mary" and "Embrace" also caught on among the youth, and became the top songs in the KTV list. "Peter and Mary" was one of the top ten songs of the year according to the The Association of Music Workers in Taiwan. In fact, "Peter and Mary" has been acknowledged by Mayday's Ashin as the "song that brought them from the north of Taiwan to the south, allowing everyone to recognize Mayday." On the 28th of August, they held their first large-scale performance called 168 Performances 168, cementing their position as one of the rising bands in Taiwan.

Viva Love and People Life, Ocean Wild (1999–2001)
The band's second album Viva Love was released 7 July, 2000. Sales of Viva Love exceeded their previous album, shifting more than 350,000 copies.[14] Additionally, Viva Love won them the "Best Band" award at the 12th Golden Melody Awards .[15] Mayday also held a series of concerts called Ten Thousand Youths Standing Up in Taipei City, Zhang Hua and Gaohsiung City. The concerts were famous for having the most concert-goers in 2000.[10]

In 2001, Mayday worked for the first time, on a movie soundtrack and accompanying score for the movie Migratory Bird «??»which starred Rene Liu and Huang Pin Yuan. Two months later, Mayday released their third album People Life Ocean Wild, sales of which hit more than 35,000 copies after just a month.

Temporary hiatus (2001–2003)
In view of Masa's impending military call up, Mayday decided to take a temporary hiatus at the height of their popularity. This led to their farewell concerts titled Where Are You Goingfrom 18 August 2001 to 1 September 2001. Tuo La Ku and Japanese rock band Glay were special guests at the concert. Memorably for many fans, guitarist Stone chose the occasion to propose to his girlfriend and the proposal song was also included in the live concert album. In November 2001, the members temporarily disbanded with Masa going into the military, Stone heading to England to learn production techniques and Guan You to Los Angeles in order to hone his drumming skills. Meanwhile, Monster and Ashin remained in Taiwan with Rock Records, taking up recording and production duties for other label mates.

Return to the music scene (2004)
During their hiatus, Mayday released the autobiographical documentary titled The Wings of Dream, with ticket sales hitting more than NT1.2 million in barely three days.[16] They also released an accompanying soundtrack.

After Masa's official release from the military, the band regrouped and made a return to the music industry. To mark the event, Mayday held their City of the Sky concert on the 16th of August 2004 at the Taipei Stadium. The concert attracted nearly 40,000 fans which broke the record for most concert-goers at a concert, a record previously held by Michael Jackson.[17]

On the 11th of November 2003, the band also released their 4th studio album Time Machine. Sales of the album hit more than 15,000 within two days[18] , with Mayday seeing no decline in their popularity despite their hiatus. The Time Machine also won Mayday their second "Best Band