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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
My name is Justin Mayhugh, and I play guitar in My Fairweather Friends

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?
Matt Hydeman sings, and plays bass. Andrew Hydeman plays guitar, and Codey Gulley plays the drums. We’re all from around the Kansas City area.

Afresh: How did the band get the name?
I think the original idea for the band name was taken from the Beach Boys song “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times.” There’s a line in the song that says “Where can I turn when all my fair weather friends cop out?” I think Andrew is the one that came up with the name. Both him and his brother (Matt) are huge Beach Boy fans. When Andrew threw out the idea of naming the band My Fairweather Friends I thought it was a good name, because I think everyone has to deal with their fair share of fairweather people in their life at some point in time. People who only want to be your friend when they can get something out of you that they want.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
I’d just say we are a fun pop/punk band. We write high energy songs. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel for rock.. We’re more or less spinning that son of a bitch in it’s place.

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?
Andrew and Matt are twins. They’ve played in a few local bands around Kansas City, most notably a pop/punk band named A Fool’s Paradise. Codey played in a local band called The Friday Night Fight probably less than a year ago, and I played in a pop/punk band called Fed Up around 2004, and also a band called A Delicate Disaster a little bit after that.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?
For me personally, I’ve been performing live for probably close to 10 years now. I guess you could say I’m the veteran of the band. The old timer ha. I’m not really sure how long the brothers have been playing live.. I imagine for at least a few years now, and Codey has been playing out around the Kansas City area for quite a while as well. Probably close to 7 years or so.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
This particular band is pretty new. We actually just started in January. We’ve mainly spent most of our time writing songs, and getting the music as tight as possible, and then we plan on playing our first show April 10th at Main Street Cafe in Kansas City. I met the Hydemans through a mutual friend of ours that was playing in a band with them a few years back. They were really cool guys, but I didn’t really keep in touch with them until more recently, because I was looking to start a pop punk band, and I knew that they played pop punk a few years back, so I just left a comment on Matt’s facebook, half jokingly, but half serious asking if him and his brother would want to start a band. I was pretty certain they would politely decline, but they wrote me back and said that we should get together and jam. About a week later we did, and things just really seemed to click basically from the get go.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
I think the hardest thing is to stand out in today’s music scene. There are so many bands out there, and with the advancement of the internet, every band is trying to get their name out there through online promotion. You have to find a way to make people give a damn and actually give your music a chance.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
I think the biggest thing is that you have to stay positive no matter what. I know that probably sounds cliche, but I think it’s very true. If you really want something you have to go out there and get it, and it’s probably not going to be easy. People are going to tell you that you suck, or that you’ll never go anywhere in the music business, but if you really believe in the music you are making, and you keep working, good things will happen. At least I’m crossing my fingers that that’s the way it works.

Afresh: Everyone loves a celebrity so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
I was trying to think of something to say that wasn’t going to sound cheesey, but most of the time cheesey advice is actually good advice. So I’d probably say “follow your dreams.” Man, that sounds cheesey as hell, but it’s true. Do what makes you happy, because if you only do the things other people expect of you, or what you feel like society thinks you should be doing, chances are you will never find happiness.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
My mom and dad have both been extremely supportive of me pursuing a career in music, and that’s something I’ll never forget. Most people are telling me I need to go back to school, and join the 9 to 5, and I’m making a big mistake by sticking it out with the whole music career thing, but as mentioned before, playing music is what makes me happy, and I know that if I didn’t pursue this I would look back 20 years from now and be majorly disappointed with my self. Whether I fail or succeed doing this, at least I’ll be able to look back and say I gave it 100 percent.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
That’s kind of the weird thing, because neither my mom nor my dad or any of their siblings played any instruments at all. My mom and dad love music as much as the next person, but they are strictly listeners. For me, I remember hearing Oasis’ song “Don’t Look Back in Anger” back when that first came out, and thinking about how amazing that song was, but also, I thought about how I wanted to play songs like that, and write songs like that. It made me want to pick up a guitar and learn how to do all of that myself.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
We’re a pop/punk band, and I do love quite a bit of pop/punk music, but I’d have to say my favorite type of music overall would have to be classic rock. AC/DC, Queen, The Beatles. All of that stuff. I don’t think it gets better than that.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?
I can play a mean harmonica haha. I guess I shouldn’t say a mean harmonica, because I’m no where near as good as Brody Buster, or John Popper, but I feel like I’m half way decent at it.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
I’d say the fact that music is the only thing I can see myself doing that would make me completely happy. If I was working a 9 to 5 and making a ton of money, the money would be nice for sure, but I wouldn’t be happy because every time I clocked in to go to work I’d be dreading it.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?
I’d probably say there are too many to count, but if I had to pick one influence I would probably have to say Bob Dylan. Besides the fact that I love his music, I always found the fact that he always did what he wanted to do musically no matter the consequences to be inspiring. You don’t see that very often. Most bands are trying to sound just like some other band that has sold a bunch of records, and look just like some other band. Bob Dylan just did whatever the hell he wanted to, and that was awesome.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
In this band everyone pretty much contributes to the songwriting process. Sometimes I’ll have a song idea and I’ll bring it to the guys, or sometimes Andrew, or Matt will have ideas. Basically, whoever has a good idea, we’ll use it!

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?
That’s a tough question, but right now, I really don’t think I’d change anything. Everyone gets along so well, and everyone contributes, and loves playing the music, so right now I’d say I’m pretty content with everything.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
Back in the day with my old band Fed Up there were a couple of times where a few girls got pretty creepy. There was this one girl that every time I would sign on to the internet the split second that I was logged on, she would send me an instant message. Every single time. It was like she was just waiting for me to sign on. Maybe I should say that was more annoying than creepy haha.
While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
We haven’t had to worry about that just yet, but that would be pretty sweet if it ever does happen.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?
Easily falling down on stage during a show. Trying to look cool and tripping over your own feet doesn’t go over to well with the crowd or with your self esteem. Actually, it probably did go over well with the crowd. Crowds love comedy, unintentional or not.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?
It’s not bizarre, but there was a band my old band played with back in the day, and they used to throw water at us while we played on stage. It used to piss me off. I don’t mind getting wet myself, but when someone throws water on a guitar that costs a grand and a half…. man… The guitarist of that other band that was throwing the water at us had a lisp, and I remember one show they were doing their usual routine (throwing water, and heckling us during our set), and so I basically just started making fun of the guy’s lisp during them middle of our show. He got pretty embarrassed. When I think about it now, that was a jerk move by me, but at the time it felt real great.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?
I wouldn’t say this was a nightmare by any means, because this happens to a lot of bands, but our original drummer had to end up quitting the band. When we asked him to play with us, he was already playing with another band. After a while his other band started playing quite a bit more shows, and it made doing anything with us very tedious. So he ended up having to quit My Fairweather Friends to play in the other band, which we understood, because he was dedicated to that band before this band even started playing together. But he is a great drummer, and it’s always tough to lose a band member that is great at what they do, and that you get along with as well as we get along with him. Luckily for us, we knew Codey, and asked him if he’d want to fill in on those skins for us, and Codey is a great drummer as well, so we have been lucky in that regard.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

Right now the plan is to start recording a demo within the next month. It’ll probably have 3 or 4 songs on it. We have about 7 or 8 songs right now, so it’s basically just a matter of deciding on which 3 or 4 to record. And then we have a couple of shows lined up for April. April 10th will be our first show, and we’ll be playing at the Main Street Cafe( in Kansas City. Right now we’ve been busy just writing more songs, and getting a set together that’s as tight as possible. And we will also have t-shirts, and all of that good stuff on the way here within the upcoming month.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)
For me personally, I’d love to play with Bob Dylan of course. The guy is a legend, and one of the biggest influences on me personally.  Also, I’d love to play with Fall Out Boy circa 2003. Take This To Your Grave is one of my all time favorite albums. And I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure the brothers would say The Beach Boys, because their songs, and vocals are over the top amazing.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Furthest would probably be Long Beach, CA. I miss the weather over there.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
Not at the moment, but hopefully in due time.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
This would be the first interview for My Fairweather Friends, and we really appreciate the opportunity to get our name out there.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
We don’t have videos just yet, but they should be coming soon. We will be vlogging in the studio, so videos will be up shortly. We do already have a You Tube channel, so when we start posting the vlogs, people can go to and check out the latest news with the band.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

Afresh: Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.
and I would not mind having you on my radio program soon as well.
First, I just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to do this interview. We really appreciate the opportunity.
I also wanted to tell everyone about a website called It’s a really neat website where fans can help fund a band’s upcoming recording, and in return, every fan that donates receives a copy of the record when it comes out, as well as some other cool things. If you like our music, and would like to help donate towards our upcoming E.P. feel free to visit Any help we can get we honestly appreciate. And on top of that, if you help donate to our release, we’ll mail you a copy as soon as it’s finished. Thanks so much.

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