-Interview- Morning In May (11/22/15)

Get to know Morning In May and their unique style of pop/punk.


From: Akron, OH
Sounds like: Pop/Punk

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Morning In May” and is there any meaning behind it?

Music has been a big part of all of the members lives since we were kids. I (Jake) started this band. After going through members like underwear like all musicians do starting out, I found Josh, he brought Chris on board and we just made a great team. That's when thinks really started to take off. The meaning behind Morning In May; May is such a positive time of the year. The rain starts to let up, everyone is getting excited for Summer, it's a time of hope.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your new record?

We were all going through some personal stuff while we wrote this upcoming record, so these songs mean a lot to us. More than anything, I want these songs to mean as much to the listener as they mean to us. I want these songs to make the listener feel the way they make us feel.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

A lot of energy, some witty jokes, and a band that genuinely appreciates every single person at the show. Out goal as a band is to make our listeners feel more like friends than "fans."

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

It would probably have to be "Vampire Diaries Saved My Life".

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Oh my... That is such a hard question. I think Neck Deep, Taking Back Sunday, The Used and Morning In May would make for a killer tour.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Every night haha. There's no such thing as a "normal night" with Morning In May. We're kind of crazy, so we make crazy things happen if they don't happen on their own.

7. What’s your take on the current state of pop/punk?

Just like with any genre of music, a lot of the newer stuff is a little over-saturated and watered down. There are a lot of great new pop/punk bands out there. I think we stand out from other modern pop/punk bands because we aren't trying to be anything. We aren't trying to write songs that sound like Neck Deep. We are just us, we write songs that we feel compelled to write in the moment, and so far it always turns out great.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Ohio both locally and state wide?

A lot of great Metalcore bands have come out from Ohio. Not much here as far as pop/punk. A handful of great bands have come out of the Akron/Canton area. The "local scene" here is pretty dead, but we kind of stay out of that because we're not trying to be a "local band" haha.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Everyone in the industry knows it, bands are making less and less money off of record sales because of illegal downloading and even streaming sites like Spotify that people pay for, but we never see a penny of it. The way I look at it, if you have the money, buy the music. Support the bands you love so we can eat food. If you don't have the money to buy it, then sure. Steal it, I don't care. Just listen along and be a part of this.

10. What’s next for Morning In May?

We just finished recording our new record with producer Jeremy Stimpert. He's such a great dude and did an amazing job putting his vision into ours and helping us turn them into songs. We will have more details and a release date shortly. After that, hopefully going on tour and getting to meet all of our friends that took the time to check us out, told their friends about us, bought our music, etc.

11. Any shoutouts?

First and foremost, all of our supporters. Thank you for giving us a chance and helping us continue to do this. It means the world to us. Also a huge shoutout to Jeremy Stimpert for helping us make such a solid record. And of course, you for doing this interview!