INTERVIEW: Female Fronted Rock Outfit High Grass

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey VENTS, we are doing great, thank you! Really happy to share with you our story.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tonight”?

This song is a very important statement for our project and means a lot for us. It’s our debut official release. We noticed that our audience really enjoys this song during shows, so we decided that this tune would break the ice for our band. We wrote and recorded it back in Cuba. This song is like a journey with its ups and downs. The bridge part is inspired by the beautiful sunrise hours in Havana.

Stream here: https://soundcloud.com/high-grass-band/tonight-2/s-yrGEs

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes. This song is about finding your path and being true to yourself. It was inspired by my decision to move from Moscow to Havana, where Marciel and I met and started the band. It was hard to leave my family and friends, but that decision totally changed my life. I believe it is essential to follow your instincts to find yourself.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah! In support of the single “Tonight”, we filmed a live music video at the recording studio InfiniteSpin Records, which was a drummers studio for many years [Sheila E. (Prince, Madonna) and Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who)]. The talent of our drummer Adam Ponce was noticed by Simon Phillips, and in the video you can see the band performing with an incredible drum kit that Simon used on various recording sessions and a Toto world tour. Our video release is set on April 10th.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote and recorded the song back in Havana in our home studio. Having very limited gear we started recording by ourselves. It was challenging, but we had a lot of fun, and we love the way we captured the vibe of the song.

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is an exciting city and the music scene here is very diverse. You can find any music genre and any band to your specific taste. It’s very competitive and motivates you to work on yourself constantly. It also was a very interesting experience for us to record a live music video for the track “Tonight”. We did it in a professional recording studio here in LA. It’s great to have a live version of the song that we can share with our listeners. When we just moved to this city we also wrote a song about the crazy life musicians have here. This place definitely has great influence on our project.

How did your musical perspective change as you move away from Cuba to the states?

Now that we have a possibility to listen and discover more music, we are much more open to experimenting… In our work on new material, we look for a unique sound and mix different genres as well.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yeah, definitely. There are many songs on the way. We have 15 songs recorded, some we recorded back in Cuba, some in the US. We are planning to release these songs in a chronological order sharing our journey with the listeners through our music. The next several releases have cohesion between them and our audience will be able to track it even through the artwork covers. All of them are made by an amazing artist The Real Theory. If you look at these works, you’ll see the idea of travel into the parallel world. That is symbolic considering our story and where we are coming from. The cover for our EP “The Black Door” is reminiscent of the Pink Floyd cover referring to the continuity that bridges the generations and different cultures.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

On April 17th we will drop a single “Gazing”. Our 5 song EP “The Black Door” is set to release on May 1st.

Any plans to hit the road?

We would love to. We are hoping that all the measures that are taken for coping with the Coronavirus will help and will bring things back to normal in the near future. It’s hard times for the music community in LA and all over the world, but we are keeping positive thinking and using this moment to create new music.

What else is happening next in High Grass’ world?

We are excited to mention that there are some big names involved in our further releases, such as Jacquire King, Christian Paschall (Maren Morris’ drummer) & Matt Bissonette (Elton John’s bass player). We will keep the details for now, but we can’t wait to share these tracks with our listeners.

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/high-grass-band/tonight-2/s-yrGEs

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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