Members: Esteban Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez, Brayden Dillard, Andrew Dillard
Recent Release: Beautiful Mess EP
Texas pop/rockers Mayberry released their newest EP Beautiful Mess just a few weeks ago. The EP showcases who the band is and how they’ve grown since forming back in 2012. You can stream the EP here and get to know more about Mayberry below!
How did Mayberry form and come to be what it is today?
Mayberry started back in 2012. I (Esteban), started it as a side/solo project just for fun my senior year of high school. I was always too shy to show off my own personal work but when I finally felt this is what I wanted to do and built up enough confidence to go for it, I took it serious and began to devolope and work on my craft. It’s all been DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) and 100% independent, which I feel is important since I got to learn how to do things myself. I got a band together (Brayden, Andrew) and eventually let my younger brother hector join the band. We’ve been playing shows, creating music and growing as people and musicians ever since.
Who are some of your musical influences - both as a band and individually?
As a band, I feel like we try to stay as true as possible to who we are and what we would love to listen to. We don’t ever go into a writing session thinking “lets try to write a song like this”, its always organic and it just depends on what direction and feel we’re trying to go for with each particular song. We set no boundries on ourselves with our sound but we are literally influenced by everything. From hip hop/r&b to rock alternative artists.
Esteban: I know queen has played huge impact on me since a very young age. Currently Ryan Tedder (One Republic) is a huge musical influence. The guy can do it all, and that’s what I strive for.
Brayden: My musical influences range from The Beatles to Underoath.
Hector: The weeknd, Travis Scott, Drake
Andrew: I have a big rock background as well as classical music. That’s how it all started for me.
What do you enjoy most about playing shows?
The best feeling in the world is seeing a crowd sing back lyrics you wrote. Seeing fans sing their hearts out and be so passionate about music we created is surreal. I love playing shows. The energy from the crowd always the best.
What do you do when you’re not playing music?
Esteban: I go to school & work as well. Everyday still revolves around music anyway, so I’m usually still working on either editing videos, writing, doing emails, hanging with my brothers or just having a old fashion nap. I don’t do much outside of music.
Brayden: I’m a full time college student but When I’m not playing shows or writing music you can catch me putting together festivals on the road or fishing in my spare time.
Hector: I’m also a full time college student and work when I’m not playing music. I like to workout and hangout with my brothers.
Andrew: I’m usually doing some form of musical production or music planning aside from playing. Aside from that I’m focused a lot on my academic studies.
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