In the ’90s, R&B was in its prime. With groups such as Jodeci, Silk, and Boyz II Men supplying us with quality, authentic music, it’s easy to remember just why we have become obsessed with the sounds of that time. Unfortunately though, more than 20 years have passed and we still haven’t been able to replicate the same feeling from music that we got back then.
That was, however, until we met the men of Day 26. Formed in 2007 by Sean “Diddy” Combs via his Making the Band series, Rob, Willie, Brian, Que and Mike erupted onto the scene with their big personalities and even bigger voices. Delivering two classic albums that hosted a number of tracks such as “So Good” and “Since You’ve Been Gone,” we watched wide eyed as the five talented members shot to stardom.While the years have brought them much fame to celebrate from, the group hit a few snags as well. From losing Que, to an all out disbandment, R&B almost lost one of its most talented contemporary acts.
Now, two years after their official disbandment, the lovable group is back and ready to do it right. Packed with all five original members, Que, Willie, Rob, Mike and Brian are wasting no time singing their way back into our hearts. Returning with the new single, “Bullsh*t” and Silk cover song “Lose Control,” Day 26 has returned from their hiatus to give us what we’ve been missing…the true essence of R&B.
While prepping for the release of their upcoming EP The Return, ThisIsRnB.com got the chance to chop it up with the fellas and discuss plans for new music, the EP, reuniting as a band and much more.
Check out the exclusive interview below!
How has the relationship been between each of you since you’ve reunited?
Willie: It’s been great. You know, I think the chemistry never really fell off. I think the biggest thing for Day 26 is that we were all picked from different states and different cities. So, it’s like you know, through the process of us recording and everything it was easier for us to get around each other. When that started to become a problem, then that’s when the group ended up taking it’s wave, but us being back together has been refreshing. We’ve never been enemies at all – we’ve always had a brotherly bond. From the first record we’ve recorded, it’s been nothing but that same chemistry. So, we’re back – we’re ready.
Your last single, “Made Love Lately,” was a great song, but unfortunately it didn’t retain the attention that it deserved. How do you anticipate keeping fans interested in the new single and the new sound you have coming out?
Mike: Well the reason why it didn’t give us that is because we had some things come up between us and the promotion for it just stopped. But we really liked the song. It did pretty good.
Now that there are all five original members of the group back, do you guys feel as if you have a better chance of regaining and retaining the attention of the original fans from when you started out?
Rob: I definitely think we do have a better chance because even though we have our individual fans…you know, Que’s fan base is a good percentage of our fan base as well, so definitely to regain Que’s fans back and individually just bring them all back together, it can’t help but to be bigger. With the music that we’re doing now and the new sound that we’re trying to bring to y’all, it’s definitely gonna grab new fans that didn’t know who Day 26 was before this.
-Interview by Ni’Kesia Pannell
Day 26 – ‘The Return‘ hits stores on June 26!!