Mixing together hip-hop, rock, political awareness and introspection, the Bay Area’s Flipsyde utilize their diverse backgrounds to create ambitious, soul stirring music. Emcee Piper was born to an American mother, Brazilian father, and learned Portuguese growing up. Vocalist Steve Knight was born in Alabama and did a tour of duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. Guitarist Dave Lopez originally fled to the U.S. from Chile as a kidding search of a better life. In 2003, the guys all met in Oakland at Soundwave Rehearsal Studios where Dave Lopez was a manager. Piper and Knight had been working on a song called “Someday.” When Dave heard it he couldn’t resist grabbing his guitar and turning it into a jam, which turned into a band, which became Flipsyde.