Maya Over Eyes really began in the summer of 2004 in San Jose CA. In no time at all they began sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Hardcore, establishing themselves as a prominent figure in the local scene. Their first recording came as a demo in 2006. Soon after they finished their first demo, the band began to venture out on the road, including a western US tour in 2007 and a northwestern US tour in 2009.
Maya Over Eyes really began in the summer of 2004 in San Jose CA. In no time at all they began sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in Hardcore, establishing themselves as a prominent figure in the local scene. Their first recording came as a demo in 2006. Soon after they finished their first demo, the band began to venture out on the road, including a western US tour in 2007 and a northwestern US tour in 2009.First off introductions, what is your name/instrument played in the band?
How did Maya Over Eyes come to be?
Maya Over Eyes started in late 2003 as a high school project. With no plans to do anything major. Just a bunch of kids into metal/punk that believed family and friends was the biggest thing in life when it came to hardcore music with a few other influences. As 2004 began, things had gone from jamming in a garage/back yards to performing at the Campbell, Ca Gaslighter. High school talent show at D.C.P. Collage prep. We started to get a following in San Jose, Ca as soon as the Cave opened. Gig after gig we soon wanted to become a full time touring band.
What bands influence you guys?
Maya Over Eyes has a very diverse influences when it comes to music. There's bands from all different genres that have a huge impact on us. They range from latin bands to metal bands, but I think we can all agree that Hatebreed is our most major influence.
What is the band all about? (What is the message the band wants to send out?)
The message we have is pretty basic. Live life to the fullest and be happy with what you have.... "Better Times" is a song that we released that breaks down everything we stand for. Hard times or not, there's always better times..
Where/what do you draw from your life to write lyrics?
I write lyrics from my past. Experiences my family and friends have gone through. Things in life will take you to the most extremes without planning. Definitely worth writing. Everyone has things to say. Poetry to write or rhymes to rap about. Life itself is where things come from..
What is the biggest challenge you guys have faced as a band?
The biggest challenge we've had is keeping this project together. With so many line up changes. Things always get complicated. But some how, some way we manage to keep it rollin...
How is hardcore in the Bay Area?
B.A.H.C. is very strange. It has a South Bay, East Bay divisions. When they come together, it's really huge. We have a few generations that hold it down. Over all Bay Area has a great scene. If you can turn heads in your direction, no doubt you can make some damage.
What is the band’s current label situation?
We've never had a label. This has always been D.I.Y. band. Never had plans to sign with any labels but things keep going our way. As long as we got heart and a little cash. Maya will keep doing they're thing.
What has the band released? (Put download links as well if you guys want)
"Things Get Worse Before They Get Better" is the only official self release E.P. we have since 2009. Theres a few demos but nothing worth downloading.
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Any touring plans? Upcoming shows?
A full U.S. tour with Make It Reign (Reno, NV) & Forty Winters
(Coral Springs, FL) in June. It's a month and a week long. First U.S. tour we will do. A few gigs coming up but for that you can check out the Facebook page..
Thanks for your time. Any final thoughts or shout outs?
We want to thank everyone that has always had their arms open to us. Lets us stay on their floors, shower and have taken care of us like family. You all know theres too many to name. To the kids that haven't seen us. It's only a matter of time. Shout outs to all San Jose for giving us there love. We always keep it 408 no matter where we go.
Interview was done by Jeffrey Wang