Interview with High-Brid
High-Brid Band is an American Rock Band from Upper Marlboro, MD reppin the DMV area. The Band consists of five members: Rel, Dion, Tony, Steph, and the Drummer, Josh, creator of the band. High on life, love, and music, High-Brid fuses most known genres of music in a rock format and will blaze a trail at any of their performances. The band is known in the DMV area and has several singles out on platforms like Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music. Some of the events and places High-Brid has performed include, but not limited to, Hard Rock Café; Baltimore Soundstage; Apollo Theater, just to name a few. High-Brid Band goals are to entertain, travel, and bring about a new era of music.
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
As a band, music has always been a big part of each member's lives along with the art of performing. We pride ourselves in making music that relates to real world events, uplifting spirits, and promoting a revolution in a positive outlook. If we had not gotten into music, most of us would just live a normal life of a 9-5 (although all of us want more in life than just a 9-5).
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Josh has a business called Caribbean Breeze Tree LLC, making Caribbean Rum Punch and a health drink called sorrel (you can visit online to view and purchase cbtree.biz) and loves to play games when he has free time; When Josh is working at CBTREE, the caribbean atmosphere inspires him to incorporate the Trinidad culture into his drum playing. Rel has a business called MECCA Warehouse where he produces apparel/merchandise (clothes, hats, cups, etc) with either his own design and or custom designs. He hangs out with his family and friends often; Creating designs and hanging with family and friends helps Rel with the process of producing lyrics and melodies. Dion works in IT and enjoys playing video games; Video game music gives him ideas to create different melodies on the guitar. Tony works at the Navy Shipyard, is in school for Computer Science, and enjoys video games, along with taking care of his son; The impact of seeing what society has to offer, helps inspire creativity to produce music. Steph is an advent concertgoer, and plays video games; He enjoys the breakdown of different band's artistry and applies that to his music creativity.
How long has music been your career?
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based out of DMV (specifically Upper Marlboro MD). Josh created the band for his love of rock and found the rest of the members who also enjoyed rock and fusing most genres into a rock format.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
Best show was Thomas Pullen Academy influencing the kids to continue on their music path. The worst show was at Waldorf memory bar due to their sound system being messed up.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Favorite Venue Pie Shop DC
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Linkin Park, Periphery, Bad Brains, Rage Against the Machine, Coheed and Cambria
What advice would you give to someone who is just getting into music?
Discipline and invest.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Collectively do more research on obtaining advanced equipment and merch. Also to weed out the wrong people that came in and out into the band.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
It's a mix between Truth Be Told because it was created in response to Trayvon Martin's death and Tropical Cyclone because of its spiritual message.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Favorite song Tropical Cyclone, and requested to play Q&A
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
As a band, we each adhere to one another's musical likings, so that each of us has a bit of our own personality in the songs we make.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
We have disagreements all the time, but communication is the key to solving all of the issues that arise (and good reasoning).
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
New single "If I Fall" is coming out at the end of November, and our plans are to have more shows and perform more festivals.
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