Biography

Biography

Biography

If your New Year’s resolution was to find a cool, funny, super-talented new boy band to like, then we’re about to make your 2014 wishes come true. Meet M.A.D – Mike, AB and Dan (can you see what they’ve done there?) – your new favourite pop group.

 

The band formed when the trio’s manager George David contacted Dan and Mike after seeing videos they’d uploaded to a little known website called Facebook. “My cover of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car that popped up on George’s newsfeed and got his attention,” explains Mike.

“I’d been putting up videos for ages of me doing stupid stuff and kept getting loads of Likes, and as a result George heard about me and asked if I would be interested in potentially joining a band,” adds Dan.

 

The pair travelled to London and swiftly became the first two members of M.A.D, along with a third member who later dropped out due to family commitments. Queue the addition of AB, who already had history with the other lads. “I was a solo artist and I’d already met Mike and Dan quite a few times on school tours and at gigs because we were doing the same circuit. I saw how much success they were getting and how much their popularity was growing, so when the opportunity came up to be a part of M.A.D I jumped at the chance. What I liked about George is that he’s only 23. He’s not some 50-something record exec sitting behind a desk telling us what to do. He’s pretty much the fourth member of the band.”

 

All three lads bring something different to the band. From accents to looks to musical influences. Think the Spice Girls but male. Oh, and there are only three of them. Want a bit background info on them? No problem.

 

18 year-old AB started playing guitar and singing aged eight, and within a few years he began songwriting and busking in his native Chichester. “I used to make so much money, it was amazing at aged 11! I later got my music GCSE and then went on to Chichester Music College. I released some songs on an EP and toured literally anywhere and everywhere I could around England. I had the time of my life. I loved it, but when I joined M.A.D it felt right and the Mike and Dan are my best mates now.”

 

Dan, 17, sang as a hobby throughout school in Bridgend, where Welsh was his first language. He formed a few bands for a laugh but never imagined that it would lead to a career. “It was more like a dream than anything else and my plan back then was to become a nursery school teacher. I used to busk and I started doing a few covers and videos and posting them online, and I always got a good response. Then when George contacted me my dream became a reality.”

 

16 year-old Michael from Belfast kicked off his performing career as part of theatrical group Stagecoach, which enabled him to take part in musicals. “I loved being on stage and I worked with Aston Merrygold on one show, then a few months later he joined JLS, and I looked at him and thought ‘I’d love to do something like that’. When I was 12 the Haiti disaster happened my mates and I decided to go busking to raise money to donate and we made over £300. After that we went and busked for a different charity each week and we got such good feedback. And lots of attention from girls, which was also amazing! I play guitar, ukulele and a bit of drums and I started doing some small private gigs. I knew I wanted singing to be my career.”

 

M.A.D’S first single, Toy Boy, was released in the summer of 2013 and things took off scarily quickly. With thousands of pre-orders the track became a surprise hit.

 

“We were hoping for a top 200 with Toy Boy because we were expecting things to start off really slowly because we’re on a small independent label and we do all of our promotional stuff ourselves, but we ended up going top 40,” says Dan. “The good thing is that guys like us as well because we’re just being ourselves. We’re not trying to be clean cut or put on a show. What you see is what you get. We’re not exactly well behaved and we do stupid stuff all the time.”

 

“Our fans, who call themselves the M.A.D Ones, are so active and we’re basically powered by them. Every time Dan tries to do a Twitter friend it gets to number one or two. A few weeks ago he managed to get three in the top ten. It just shows how supportive our fans are,” adds Mike.

 

“People pick up on that vibe when we’re doing shows,” continues AB. “They see how much fun we’re having and they love it. We 100% let the fans into our lives and we do loads of YouMails and there’s no façade. Our fans are so loyal and they’re a part of our family. Facebook pages like The Authentic M.A.D Ones are incredible. When we do signings thousands of girls turn up without us having to do anything.”

 

The guys online presence is already massive, and it’s growing daily. AB’s Facebook fan base is building at an incredible rate, Dan currently has 130K FB followers, while each of Mike’s videos get between half a million and a million views. Their schedule is currently booked up until summer, with the album dropping in September.

 

With influences ranging from Mumford and Sons, Busted and 1975 (AB), Jason Derulo and One Direction (Mike) and everything from Five to Ed Sheeran and Skipknot (Dan), their debut offering is eclectic to say the least.

 

“We’re basically One Direction meets Busted,” says AB. “We definitely have that that Busted vibe to us because it’s fun and energetic. We worked with a producer called Jamie Sellers, who is a part of the production company Audiofreaks (Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige). He’s pretty new but he’s going to absolutely massive so we feel so privileged to be working with him.”

 

“We’ve done a lot of writing for the album which was really important to us,” says Dan. “Some of the songs are brilliantly cheesy and then we’ve got a track called Dizzy, which is a ballad, and Girl You’re Amazing, which is shameless Europop. There’s even a bit of dubstep on there. We played around a lot and every song has a unique sound with a M.A.D feel. We’re saving the death metal for the second album…”

 

“We do acoustic versions of our songs to mix it up a bit too,” says Mike. “We love performing those versions when we’re touring to make things a bit different. Gigging it one of our favourite things to do and we’re really hoping we can do some of the festivals this summer.”

 

The lads’ new single, Fame and TV, is a tongue-in-cheek look at the music industry and the nation’s obsession with fame. The single features a rap from up and coming grime artist Kobi Onyame, who has supported the likes of Kanye West and Wu Tang Clan. “He’s been asked to appear on loads of pop songs and his manager initially said he’d never agree to it, but as soon as he heard the track he said yes,” smiles Dan. “We’ve got loads of ex-reality stars in the video, like Rik Waller and the Cheeky Girls, and it was such a laugh to film. It’s not a slick industry video, it’s just us being ourselves. It basically sums up what we are – fun.”

17 comments

  1. Vilma Lindström - April 11, 2014 8:23 pm

    Love the website, good job!

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  2. Chloe Williams - April 11, 2014 8:55 pm

    so proud of you boys and a big congratulations to all the M.A.D team and george, thank you! can’t wait for the album and i love all you guys! the biography was so emotional haha, im going to stop writing now because i look like an idiot but i love you<3

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  3. Sophie ford - April 11, 2014 9:05 pm

    I love you boys more than anything, without them I’d not be who I am today! I saw them on their acoustic tour in Kingston, the fighting cocks and stood directly infront of dan, I got his water at the end and I was the first fan EVER to get a TEAM DL top and dan signed it telling me to ‘stay sexy’ as he does. I am also going to see them on the 5th of May VIP in again the fighting cocks, Kingston. And I’m so excited because it’s 3 days before my birthday and it will honestly be the best birthday present seeing them VIP! You may of guessed I’m TEAM DL.. I’m so lucky to have him follow me on twitter and he’s favourited a few tweets but I’m so grateful for him! He is my entire world. But I do love AB and mike so much because mikes a minion and ab is a pug.. What more do I say. I also think this biography should include more about george because if it weren’t for him the boys wouldn’t be M.A.D and they wouldn’t of come as far and been offered as many opportunitys without him! I think it could also be a bit longer, going into more detail because if i think like every other fan then we would love to know as much as their willing to give away! I love the boys and wouldn’t be complete without them.
    So thank you M.A.D not just to george and the 3 boys but to all the people who work behind scenes and help the boys that way. Also to the fans because I don’t know if you realise how much of a family all the MADones really are!

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  4. Alix Wake - April 11, 2014 9:24 pm

    Ive been a M.A.Done for a while now, just before christmas 2013, then i realised in january that they where perfect, all three of them are perfect, then it came to the febuary tour and then i realised that they are going to go far. They have over 90K likes on the official page, ive never been so happy when it came to the 19th febuary, it was possible the best day of my life, then again on the 16th of may i get to see them live, but i didnt get the chance for vip, but it is amazing, i hope these boyos go very far! ILoveM.A.D♥

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  5. Becky Rutter - April 11, 2014 9:34 pm

    love the new website guys, can’t wait for the tour in May. Its amazing to see how successful you’ve come since last May, so quick! Oh and nice mention of The Authentic MADones…. very proud of us hehehe we love you guys so much x

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  6. Shannon Louise - April 11, 2014 10:14 pm

    This is just another step forward boys! Another way of promoting yourselves to become what you’ve always wanted to be! The feeling i get in my stomach when even i look back at how far you’ve come is indescribable so i cannot imagine what it feels like for you boys! It’s a long journey but you got to keep chasing your dreams! This is still early days and you’ve a lot to experience! It’ll be the best time of your lives and I’ll never leave! Thank you for giving us fans everything you possibly can! Never give up on what you believe in boys! My worlds x @shxnnonlxuise (Twitter)

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  7. Mel - April 13, 2014 11:06 am

    You guy’s are amazing. Us MADones are proud xx

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  8. Heidi Nash - April 17, 2014 8:07 pm

    SO proud of how far you’s have all come! well done boys<3

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  9. Bethany - April 18, 2014 6:17 pm

    This Biography is great. I always wondered how the boys started off, but now I know. I love M.A.D’s songs and I’m looking forward to hearing more of them in the future. Thank you!

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  10. Abigail - April 24, 2014 3:55 pm

    I love you guys so much. I was wondering if there was any instore cd signings for shotgun? MADone for life love you, could you follow me on twitter- @abs_lovesMAD x

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    • Abi Gant - May 22, 2014 4:09 pm

      yes…..on each of theirs facebook cover photos
      next week (half term)

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  11. Caitlin Taylor - May 13, 2014 5:54 pm

    I love you all so much and I love how you are close to all your fans !!!!Xxx

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  12. Hannah Cardwell - July 4, 2014 12:38 pm

    I have read this about 18 times and all I do is cry. I miss them so much.
    These boys changed my life in a good way, they have helped me boost my confidence, They mean the absolute wold to me.
    I wish I could repay them for what they have done for me, they may not know it but they have saved my life.
    My confidence has soared since last year, I have met so many new friends through this fandom. These boys are my life, and I cant wait to meet them again.
    I know they will soar and go far in the years to come and that makes me cry cause they aren’t my little secret anymore.
    When I first met the boys I looked at them and turned round to one of my friends and was like these guys are going to go far, and look at them now they have one 2 UK tours, released 3 singles which have all got into the UK Top 40, with Toyboy at 37, Fame and TV at 32 and Shotgun at 30.
    They have done all this through Social Media and I have never been so proud to be a fan of anyone, MADone for life. The Michael, Ben and Dan are a huge part of my life and I hope they know im not leaving, even if everyone else left the fandom I am here from the START to the END MADone till the end.
    Love you lots like Jelly Tots
    Hannah Cardwell xx

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  13. bethjane - July 7, 2014 1:21 pm

    All us MADones are proud of you guys
    we all love you guys xxx
    I love youguys

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  14. Jessica Jefferies - July 11, 2014 9:55 pm

    This is so cool. I have been a MADone since day 1 and I love u guys.

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  15. Jessica - July 29, 2014 7:40 pm

    It’s fascinating to hear how the best band on the planet came to be and I would love to congratulate George,mike,dan,AB all the MAD Ones and lets not forget Aidan. He was part of the band although he’s left but he will always be remembered. M.A.D have changed my life as well as others I wish I could meet them one day and I will certainly be looking forward to the album. All the best in the near future I know u will go far. To infinity and beyond!

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  16. hollie - October 14, 2014 7:44 pm

    Love u lads. Can not wait to see u live on Thursday 17th October. Do us proud. You are the best boy band in the whole wide world. ONCE A MADone ALWAYS A MADone. I love your songs and you. Can not wait to see u even got VIP tickets xxx. Love you boys ;).XXXXXXX

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