Maniac is known to be the name of nine musical artists:
1. A pop group featuring members of The Matches and Something with Numbers
2. A grime producer from the UK
3. An Austrian speed metal band
4. A bounce musician from New Orleans
5. A French grindcore band
6. A Canadian thrash metal band
7. A Massachusetts straight edge hardcore band
8. A Memphis horrorcore rapper
9. A punk band from Los Angeles featuring members of The Girls, The Cute Lepers, LA Drugz, Clorox Girls, Images
1. A new project of The Matches frontman Shawn Harris and Something with Numbers frontman Jake Grigg. Formed in 2009 under the name Maniac, they currently have a blog for posting song clips of their covers of the current Billboard Hot 100 number one single. They have so far covered "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas and are set to release their debut album in 2010. Their debut album, Mania, can be previewed and purchased from their official website at http://maniacmania.com/
Maniac's first EP (2010) can be streamed on their "Extended Play Video" website: http://www.maniacmania.com/
Free tracks of their covers can be download by visiting their official blog, http://1thisweek.blogspot.com/
2. Maniac, real name 'Brandon Jolie' is a grime producer from Bow, East London, and got his breakthrough in producing the track 'Bow E3', which was released on Wiley's third album 'Playtime Is Over'. He was brought to the attention of Wiley by God's Gift. He has made tracks for many MCs, including Wiley, Little Dee, Griminal, Riko, Tinchy Stryder, Asher D, Jammer, Kano, Chipmunk and JME. He is recognised as one of the best producers in the scene despite being only 18 years of age. He also featured on the soundtrack to the film 'Adulthood', with his beat being vocalled by Bashy.
He has released three vinyls, the 'Devil EP' and 'Sorry You Are EP' on Admantium Music and 'Bow E3/50:50' vinyl on Wiley's previous label, Big Dada. He has featured in an advertising campaign for Nike.
At the age of 16, Maniac was at a comfortable stage. He got his first play on legal radio station Kiss 100 in August 2006, as part of DJ Logan Sama's 'War Report' special. He produced two tracks on which resulted in a free give away (see influences section). Still 16, Maniac was asked by fellow E3 native 'Wiley' to vocal an instrumental entitled: 'Bow E3' which he heard whilst they were at studio. This was the song that propelled Maniac into the ranks, and brought him a high level of respect in the Grime scene. This track features on the excellent 'Playtime Is Over' LP, which is the 2nd album to come from Wiley. It has been named by many as their favourite track from the album. This track can be heard on EA Sports'Need for Speed (Pro Street, 2007).
Now, at age 18, Maniac is keeping a clear head and is not getting distracted by any negative influences around him. He is cruising past veterans with ease which brings jealousy and envy in Maniac's direction. In June 2007, Maniac was approached to do an official Grime remix of the hit song 'Do It' by Grime artist 'Doctor' which featured American R'n'B group 'ATL'. Maniac also featured in the July 2007 edition of 'Rwd Magazine' with friends and fellow musicians: 'Bless Beats' and 'Young Dot'. In August/September 2007, Maniac started the first ever 'Production War Report'. He aimed his violent beat at producers such as Davinche, Skepta and Scratcha/DVA. This was not a serious issue as he respects each producer, which fuelled his intent to attack.
Maniac has mastered the 'FL Studio' programme. He is also comfortable on 'Logic' and uses Reason occasionally. He has an enormous amount of 'VSTS' and samples which he uses in his production with style. Maniac is known for his angry, hype-inducing yet technical beats; and is one of the most highly rated producers in the Grime scene. "If there's one thing I hate; it's people that copy. Come as yourself or don't come at all".
Maniac is a member of Eskibeat Recordings, now largely known as a production roster/label. Eskibeat Recordings was established by MC Wiley
Maniac has been jailed for 14 years on 04/12/09 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to murder
3. Maniac is a Austrain heavy/speed metal. Formed 1983 in Innsbruck. They relase 2 albums: Maniac and Look out.
Line up: Markus Überbacher - Vocals, Guitar (SupermäÄäx)
Christoph Just (aka Chris Justin) - Guitar
Andy Marberger - Bass
Tom Peroutka - Drums
4. A bounce musician from Memphis that created the 1994 album "The World Of A Psycho."
5. Maniac is also the name of a french grindcore band.
6. Maniac is also an active Speed/Thrash Metal band based out of Toronto, Ontario Canada, on the indie label Bloodbucket Productions
7. Western Massachusetts straight edge, http://maniacx.bandcamp.com/
8. The Memphis rapper released one album in 1994, titled World of a Psycho. This album is far out even for the Memphis style, with unique format including short verses and extended choruses.
9.Maniac were formed in Los Angeles, California in 2012. Zache Davis moved to L.A. via Seattle where he played in bands like The Girls and The Cute Lepers. After injuring himself in a serious bicycle accident in L.A., he became a drug dealer to pay his extensive medical bills. Andrew Zappin, an L.A. transplant from Dayton, Ohio had never played in a band before but honed his lead guitar chops for years playing along to Cheap Trick records. Davis and Zappin befriended each other out of a mutual love for music and Latin women and would often find themselves carousing in the seamy underbelly of L.A. night life.
Along with music video director Ardy Fatehi (who played in Portland, Oregon punk band Goons of Destruction), they formed the band Maniac, recruiting Richie Cardenas of Clorox Girls, Rough Kids and Neighborhood Brats on the drums.
When Ardy Fatehi was forced to work on location in another city, Davis and company decided to ask Justin Maurer of Clorox Girls and L.A. Drugz to fill in on guitar. This fill-in job became a permanent one, and Maurer began to contribute to song writing and arrangement duties. After recording their first single for Canadian independent label La Ti Da Records, Richie Cardenas left the group to go back to school while also working full time for the US Postal Service. To bring the band incest full circle, they brought in James Carman of Images and L.A. Drugz to play drums.
Bringing together their varied gazpacho of musical influences, the Maniac sound is lean and angular with sonic walls of power chords, biting leads and catchy vocal delivery. Carman slams into his drums with youthful exuberance and sets the pace for Davis' chunky bass guitar, Maurer's machine-gun rhythm guitar and Zappin's masterful lead guitar chops.
Maniac’s lyrics come mainly from Davis' comic yet dark sense of humor, drawing from both personal experience and a distinct passion for French poetry and literature. His themes range from sexual frustration to internal turmoil. Like L.A. songsmith Easy E., Davis has since quit his drug dealing profession to focus on music and to pursue a Bachelor's Degree at UCLA.
Maniac are a quintessentially L.A. band in that they love both punk rock and classic rock and bring to a table a deep understanding of the city they live in and the music they play. Maniac were finalists in LA Weekly's "Best Live Band in LA" awards category.
In the fall of 2013, they recorded their debut album at Station House Studios in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with Mark Rains manning the knobs as engineer. Daniel Hadji Husayn of Red Dons performed mastering duties at his North London Bomb Factory mastering house.
Maniac’s debut LP, "Demimonde" was released in November 2014 on La Ti Da Records.
Maniac's Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WeAreManiac
Maniac's Bandcamp: http://wearemaniac.bandcamp.com/
Maniac's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3b_xF_VBoappNLiLb42Uew