Taylor Bentz.

Casual local-music fans may not realize the Coachella Valley has a growing local hip-hop scene—including The Bermuda. I can personally say that if you haven’t seen this trio perform before, you should check them out. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/therealbermuda. Taylor Bentz (MaddHatter) was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Kottonmouth Kings.

What was the first album you owned?

Blink-182, self-titled.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Bring Me the Horizon, Lil Peep, and Green Day.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Trap music. I don’t understand why everyone likes it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Bob Marley or Jimi Hendrix.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Performing onstage. It’s the greatest feeling ever.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Observatory in North Park/San Diego.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“When the moon hit your skin, I can see you and him, not you and me, but it’s just you and me,” Marshmello and Lil Peep, “Spotlight.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I would have to say Prozak; he’s a rapper. He didn’t just change my life; his music actually saved me from committing suicide.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’m going to ask Paul McCartney: “What would you be doing if The Beatles didn’t work out?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

U2, “With or Without You.”

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

I’d have to say Bliss n Eso, Circus in the Sky.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Marshmello and Lil Peep, “Spotlight.” (Scroll down to hear it.)


A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...