Mayday Parade have played together for a decade and released their fifth studio album Black Lines last year.
While on tour, they took the time to visit BIMM Bristol and give a Masterclass on the life of a touring band.
In their early days the five-piece progressed from local support for rare live acts that passed through Tallahassee, to going on the road themselves to get exposed to new audiences:
After meeting reps from Fearless Records on the road the band played a showcase and were signed, later moving to Atlantic. They communicated the importance of a supportive label:
The band acknowledged times have changed, and for new musicians they had broader advice:
Even after a decade in the business, the band had a great sense of day to day reality for up and coming musicians, and BA (Hons) Guitar student Dan Thould took away the perfect message from their Masterclass:
“Don’t sit around and wait for the big break to come to you, get out and do it yourself!”
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