Luis Fernandez aka LuieGo and his band the eGOmaniAKs are pioneers in a soundscape without much of a rap history or following. However, they are quickly creating a scene through their unique sound. Although LuieGO sometimes performs with a DJ, he prefers to perform with the eGOmaniAKs, a live band, to create what Luis describes feels like “two shows in one.“ The difference between a live band set and a DJ set is best understood if felt. The energy and ambiance LuieGO and the eGOmaniAKs bring win over every crowd.
Luis and his bandmates Eric Yelle, Noah Cohen-Corbett, and Myles Darby are all from the Pioneer Valley and knew each other from their school days. They formed in the summer of 2013 and steadily started building a following, performing dozens of shows from the Five Colleges to New York and Vermont. In April 2014, they opened up for big-name rapper Wale for the University of Massachusetts spring concert. LuieGO and the eGOmaniAKs are bringing a distinct style of rap to young audiences and popularizing a genre that has yet to fully root itself in the Pioneer Valley.
LuieGO and the eGOmaniAKs are all students: Eric Yelle and Noah Cohen-Corbett are seniors at Amherst Regional and will attend the University of Massachusetts. Myles Darby is a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts and is majoring in linguistics. Luis attends Greenfield Community College where he is passionate about earning his degree in early childhood education.
Luis is expecting to release his second mixtape, “Authentic Thoughts” this summer. The project has been in development for the last two years and Luis says its “lyrically more mature” compared to his first mixtape – “M.I.A.” https://soundcloud.com/luiego. In “Authentic Thoughts,” he explores a new chapter in his life after establishing his credentials with “M.I.A.” Luis is an up and coming artist with undeniable potential, and the rap scene in the Pioneer Valley is in good hands.