San Jose, California’s reggae-rock Yeshua & the Hightones are living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can still prevail in a ever changing music industry. What else would explain a meteoric career that has found over hundreds of shows leaving a trail of sweaty fans in their wake. With buzz continuously building enter the next step in their rise, Their debut album “Book of Life.” For 5 years, their unwavering dedication to song perfection, their work ethic has become part of their signature sound. So much talent in one band hasn’t been seen or heard like this in a reggae genre they are unknowingly changing forever. The album runs the gamut of emotions but always with an underlying message of unity. Infectious and undeniable, Yeshua and the Hightones want to know who you are and share a moment of honesty set by music.
1. When did you all start making music?
Yeshua & the Hightones started 5 years as a group of friends who hung out and jammed frequently at a friends basement turned night club “The Velt.” I was the last piece added to the group as a mutual friend suggested I check them out. Immediately as the first chord was strummed, I knew there was something special there and became immersed in the possibilities.
2. What elements and/or characteristics made you say to yourself that you wanted to do music for a living?
From the onset, I knew music was and is going to be everything for me. It was a curse during my school years but now a blessing to have music 24/7 non-stop playing in my head, as we speak now I’m breaking down A Perfect Circle song I heard the other day. From lessons, to concert band, jazz band to a major in saxophone performance in college, there is and was no other avenue I wanted to walk.
3. Who are your influences/heroes/role models?
Miles Davis, my instructors, rock, latin and funk music in general have been are my heroes role models who set the example of how I conduct myself musically today. As of recently it’s been producers such as the legendary Rick Rubin who I seek the knowledge of as my producer ear grows.
4. If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would that be and why?
This is hard to say. I mean musically we have the energy of an Ozomatli, Making Movies or dare I say Steel Pulse but now were in the stage (finally) where we can work to reach the amount of fan reach they have with our new album finally entow.