Midwest Hype came of age in the early 2000's in La Porte, IN when lead singer/guitarist George Matthew Prellwitz met drummer Max Kepler and bassist Nate Miller and began playing music together. The three of them went on to Ball State Univeristy, where they met keyboard player Kevin Krizmanich, saxophonist Ben Morrisey, & trumpet player Scott Whitford.
Upon graduating, the band proceeded to embark on a grueling tour schedule, playing 150+ shows annually over the course of the next 5 years. In early 2010, emcee Justin "Ideal" Diehl joined the group, adding the perfect complement to the mixture of hip-hop, reggae, funk, and jazz that encapsulates the band.
In 2012 the band released the "Dayglow" EP, beginning with a sold at show at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago. The EP was their first effort working with producer Steven Gillis (formerly of Filter). 2012 saw the band play numerous high-profile shows, including The House of Blues, The Metro, Wicker Park Music Fest, Summercamp Music Festival, and Hyperion, among others.
The band finished out the year by hitting Hollywood Way Studios with multi-platinum producer Dave Aron (of Sublime, Death Row, and Prince fame) to record the full-length LP "The Time." The album is some of the band's best music to date, with the Hype's dynamic contrast of hardcore hip-hop and soulful reggae set to the driven backround of progressive funk, sprinkled with flashes of rock and jazz to become the full realization of modern rock & roll, the Hype look to dominate 2013 with big ambitions and an even bigger sound.