Hailing from Los Angeles, California, High Sunday bring sizzling energy and a massive hip-hop presence to their debut single, "Wonderland." The group is an eclectic mix of talents that include Eddie Core, Ike Deezl, Nick Fazekas, Evann Lewis, Nicole Row, Drin Elliot and Ryan Evangelista; who consistently produce a fresh take on the genre by combining elements from Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Funk. They count their influences among Hip-Hop heavyweights like Eminem and Outkast, while incorporating an infusion of rock akin to the likes of Hendrix and The Doors. It's a sound that rejects typical genre convictions in the pursuit of creating an unforgettable experience.
We connected with High Sunday for this interview because we think 'Wonderland' is a DOPE track and because we look forward to hearing and seeing much more from them. In this Q&A, we ask High Sunday about how they came together, about their debut single, their plans for the remainder of 2016 and much more.
How did you guys come together to form High Sunday?
We (Ike and Nick) had been a hip hop group for 10 years since 2005 under the name "Enfamus". We decided to move to LA and recruit a live band (drums, keys, bass, guitar, saxophone, and lead singer) comprised of extremely talented, and overall great people from around the country. Thus, the birth of the musical experience that is High Sunday.
Does the name High Sunday have a special significance?
The meaning of "high Sunday" is best explained through our music, but to us the significance is simple. With the current lack of talent and creativity, we feel like hip hop is at an all time low, so our goal is to continue raising the bar and keeping our aim "high". As for "Sunday", we just feel like it's a day of positivity, regrouping, and refocusing. Sunday gets us ready to work hard and take on the challenges that face us every week. We felt it's the perfect metaphor for how we take on our music, and what we want people to take from it.
Tell us about your debut single 'Wonderland'. Who produced it and how did it all come together?
Wonderland was produced by Ike Deezl. It's inspired by the dream of trying to "make it" in LA/ Hollywood, and discovering that the glitz and glam come with a price, and aren't exactly what they seem to be on the surface. The theatrical undertone stems from just that; to give the feeling of a grandiose wonderland, that gets darker and heavier the further you dive into it.
Is an EP or full length High Sunday album on the horizon?
We have an EP that we are planning to release at the end of November after releasing our 2nd single "hip hop anonymous".
What are your goals for the rest of 2016 and in 2017?
We will be releasing the EP along with some videos for our singles. As for 2017, we plan on playing more shows while creating more music for our fans. Quite possibly a tour coming up.
Are there any fellow artists in Los Angeles that you look forward to collaborating with musically?
We have already been fortunate enough to collaborate with plenty of great musicians here in Los Angeles. Spanning from amazing guest guitarist and bass players to singers and emcees on stage at many of our shows. That's one of our many treats we like to give to our fans. You never know who you might see killing it on stage at our shows. We are a 7 piece but a lot of times you will see up to 10 people on stage jamming at once.