Interview with Adam and Jason of HIGHFRONT and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Jason: I would describe HIGHFRONT as a post grunge hard rock band. Adam: I like to describe our music and how we approach things as relentless.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Adam: I grew up with music always being played in the house and it was something I was drawn to. Then I asked my dad to get me a guitar and things progressed from there. Jason: At a very young age growing up in the mid to late 1970’s, I idolized KISS and always dreamt of being in that band and being part of the whole charisma of what they were at that time. By the time I entered high school, I was caught up in the whole Heavy Metal scene emerging from Los Angeles and the Thrash Metal bands blowing up in the San Fransisco Bay area. I knew I wanted to be part of it all. So, I found some like-minded friends from school and formed a band.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Adam: It’s hard to say where inspiration truly comes from. Sometimes it’s as simple as hearing a drum beat and that’ll trigger a riff. Songwriting is a challenge, but when it gets done it feels right. Jason: What inspires me is hearing all the great music coming out from all around the world and wanting to be part of it.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Adam: For our music to reach as many people as possible. Jason: I aspire to make my wife and kids proud of me for doing something that I’ve always wanted to do. To hopefully play on the same stage as the bands that I loved growing up.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Jason: The proudest moment I’ve had was finally holding in my hand my first bands’ professionally recorded demo complete with cover and lyric sheet. To finally have something that I helped create. Adam: I would say being asked to do this interview 🙂
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Adam: There’s a lot of great music to choose from these days and promoting it can be difficult, but we just do what we do and hope to find people that enjoy what we do as much as we do. It’s people like you doing this interview with us that helps build support too.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Adam: We introduce ourselves to get shows and try to surround ourselves with people that help get the word out about the band. First show of 2023 is January 13th at Legends in Pembroke, Ontario Canada
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Adam: Streaming is a great way to discover music and if you find our band through that, thank you for listening.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Adam: for me it would be Man In Black by Johnny Cash. Jason: I wish I was part of the writing process for the song You’ve Got Another Thing Coming by Judas Priest. It’s such a hard driving song that hits you. Whenever I hear it, it gets me going. I’m surprised I don’t have more speeding tickets.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Adam: There’s plenty not to like, but I think we as artists now more than ever can be “the industry” Jason: What I don’t like about the music industry is all the dishonesty and underhandedness within the business end of it. If given the choice and opportunity, I would transform it into an industry in which it would be based on trust, where the music rather than the bottom line would be the focal point.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Adam: We’re always working on new music. We’ll be releasing more this year and we’re also looking to play more live shows
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Adam: You can check us out at highfrontmusic.com We’re also on band camp, which is a great way to directly support bands highfront.bandcamp.com You can also check out all of our links at linktr.ee/highfront Thank you for featuring us. We appreciate the support!
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