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.
The band began 2013 by hitting 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. Released to the masses via a headlining show at Chicago's world-famous Double Door venue on to sold-out crowd, "The Time" is the 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 Genrefree. 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.
The Hype have followed up the “The Time” by once again working with Steve Gillis at Transient Sound in Chicago to record new material which they’ll be releasing in the summer of 2016 on vinyl.
MIDWEST HYPE IS
George 'Genrefree' Matthew / Lead vocal, Guitars
Nate Miller / Bass
Max Kepler / Drums
Ideal / Vocals, Rhymes
Ben Morrissey / Saxophones, EWI, Backround Vocals
Scott Whitford / Trumpet
Kevin "Keyz" Krizmanich / Keyboards