“The Chinese Beatles!” ~The Washington Post
Unquestionably one of Asia’s most popular and influential rock groups, their place in Asian music history has already been established. Mayday may hail from the small tropical island of Taiwan, but their fans stretch across Asia, North America, Europe, Australia and elsewhere.
Mayday first started out as “So Band”, which Ashin, Monster and their first drummer formed in 1995 while attending high school in Taipei. They were later joined by Masa and Stone, also pupils at the same school.
After graduation, despite attending different universities, they continued to perform in pubs and live houses, and were at the forefront of the growth of the rock music scene in Taiwan.
In 1997, the band changed their name and performed their now legendary first performance as Mayday at the Formoz Festival that year.
In the 14 years since their first public performance, Mayday has released eight studio albums. Known for their poetic and heartfelt lyrics about love, heartbreak and youthful exuberance, Mayday’s music has been the soundtrack of this generation.
Recognition hasn’t just come in the form of monster sales and arena tours; to date the band has won over 150 different industry and fan awards, including at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan and “Best Buzz Asia” by the Greater China Artist Awards. They have been hailed as “Best Band” an unprecedented four times by the Golden Melody Awards (the Chinese Grammy’s).
In 2012, Mayday received six awards at the Golden Melody Awards. These awards included Best Band, Best Mandarin Album, Best Musical Arranger, Best Composer, Best Producer and Song of the Year.
Mayday has always pushed the limits in their live performances, and they have never ceased to challenge themselves. Their now legendary Touching the Sky concert in 2005 took place at an altitude of nearly 390.6 meters atop the, then world’s tallest building, Taipei 101.
They have performed over 200 concerts to more than 10 million fans across the world. Both nights of their Beijing Bird’s Nest leg of their tour in 2012 sold out in one day – over 200 000 tickets.
The band also spent over 220 million Taiwan dollars on their “Mayday: 3DNA” tour and movie, the first 3D concert movie in the Chinese music industry, and this year, they filmed the world’s first 4DX live concert movie “NOWHERE 4D”.
For a student band that started in the late 1990s, standing on the stage of Madison Square Garden to perform must have seemed an impossible dream, but Mayday did exactly that. On March 22 nd 2014, they performed for a 140,000 enthusiastic crowd at the Madison Square Garden.
In 2013, three members of Mayday were interviewed by Impact, a program from an international news channel, BBC. They are the first Taiwanese band interviewed by BBC.
NOWHERE World Tour is Mayday’s premier flagship world tour, bringing 82 concerts, and counting, to cities all over the world. During the past two years, 2.64 million audience members have joined Mayday in their dream of performing 82 concerts in 50 different cities across the globe.
With a futuristic stage setup and special effects, the tour brings a unique and unforgettable experience to fans around the world. Not only does this tour represent a major milestone for Mayday, but it also is a significant step for Asian Music on the global stage.
Dream of playing in the Nippon Budokan was finally realized and a two-day concert was held, which was a great success and became a historic concert in the history of the band. Mayday is determined to challenge themselves, and back to the Nippon Budokan again in February 2017.
On 21 July 2016, Mayday released their 9th studio album, History of Tomorrow . And now they are on their latest Life world tour.