High Moonlight // São Paulo // Brazil // Hard Rock Band // Talk With Rock ‘N’ Load
About The Band:
1- For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band / project.
Hello everyone. I am Robert Wagner, leader and guitarist of the band High Moonlight and we are from São Paulo – Brazil. We played an authentic / original Heavy / Rock with influences in big s style bands. We have been on the road for some years composing and playing in small events. During that time the band has gone through many formations and at the moment we are preparing to launch our first EP on several digital platforms by the label Roadie Metal.
The band High Moonlight began its work in the late 90’s. From the beginning it had a first name that was Evil Side for next Elves of boots. The sound was more sturdy in a heavy blues than a metal itself, but soon they would begin to develop more precise and objective ideas.
If at the beginning the idea was to play cover songs from bands such as Sabbath, Dio, Purple and others, the move now is also to focus on songs of their own.
As with almost every band at the beginning of their journey, it was never easy to maintain a solid formation at the beginning, so the hardest thing was to have members committed to serious, focused work.
In the early 2000s the band had to cease their activities, returning years later with a new lineup.
In 2016, the first big opportunity for the band appeared on their journey until then, which was their participation in the compilation Roadie Metal-volume 8 (Brazilian Heavy Metal bands). Big national metal names have gone through this collection, Torture Squad, Claustrophobia, Heaven’s Guardian, Fatal Scream are some of them.
2 –What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
That’s when I heard the song “Supernaut” from Black Sabbath. I was 14 years old and it was a really cool experience that made me stop wanting to listen to rock for the rest of my life.
3 –Who was the first album / single you purchased?
It was an album of Ozzy Osbourne (a compilation with several songs from his entire career).
4 – When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
My mother had a guitar at home but no one could play anything. After I got to know rock music through the songs of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppeli I decided to start learning to play on my own. That was from my 14 years old.
5 – What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school /self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
I am a self-taught musician, I tried to take classes but I could never find a teacher who knew exactly how to guide … But that didn’t stop me from learning to read music and composing for other instruments, for example. One of the coolest memories I have of it all was when I learned to read and write sheet music and without anyone’s guidance I learned it all on my own.
6 – Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Tony Iommi and Ritchie Blackmore. These were the guys that inspired me the most at the beginning when I started playing the electric guitar.
7 – Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Wow, yes … many but as I said, Black Sabbath’s “supernaut” was the first great song that really caught my eye.
8 – What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Difficult to answer this because we have done many shows that bring us great memories, but usually the best are the ones where the people really pay attention to our songs and at the end of the show want to meet us to take pictures and everything, besides of course wanting to know more about our copyright work.
9 – Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
No, I just regret sometimes that we haven’t been able to record our first official album yet, but this will happen one hour.
10 –So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We will be participating in a Heavy Metal collection that will be released in the first week of August. In this collection we will participate with an unpublished single. We are also preparing the release of our first official EP, this will all be released by the Roadie Metal label later this year.
11 – Where and when did you record it?
Everything was recorded in a simple studio that has the basics for a quality recording I have in my house. The songs that I said are about to be released were recorded at this studio earlier this year in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
12 – How does the song writing process generally work for you?
I let the ideas come naturally and the more inspired I am the more cool ideas come up. Sometimes, after I watch a movie or read some book I can even create something on top of that but most of the time everything comes naturally and without anything programmed.
13 – What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
I always try to be involved with metal-related advising in general, and of course always keep the main features of our music that is based on great electric guitar riffs and extreme taste music. so our fan base has been sustained over the years we are with this project.
14 – What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
The music scene here as in any part of the world today is giving more space to many extreme metal bands, but despite that we also have our space and venues to play and promote our work. Our sound fits the classic heavy metal style more so it’s in places with these characteristics that genta tries to get involved with, but we have no problem playing alongside death metal bands or whatever, the important thing is that be metal.
15 – Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
No. We who make heavy sound here in Brazil are very needy in places to play and present our works, especially when we make copyright and heavy music as is the case with our band. Investment and encouragement is too little for a style of music that will never cease to exist.
16 – What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
There need to appear more producers linked to heavy metal and rock in general. Producers should help by promoting more events and release forms for these bands out there. There are very few labels out there that really give the bands great strength at the beginning of their career.
17 – What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
That I can no longer stop and I must move on because if I do so it will be impossible not to work.
18 – What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
When we do things seriously and lovingly, the greatest reward is our personal satisfaction.
19 – With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
I’m still trying to adapt (laughs) But there’s not much to do, things are always changing and with music would be no different. I always try to be connected to everything that happens around me regarding heavy music in general and keep making my songs, that’s all.
20 – Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
It helped a lot of things but I will always prefer to listen to a CD rather than an MP3 file, the sound and visual quality is much higher when we are listening to our favorite bands or songs on physical than digital media.
21 – So moving forward what’s next for you?
We will be part of another official compilation this year that will be released on the Roadie Metal label on various streaming platforms. Soon after we will have an EP released in the same format and by the same musical label later this year as well. In the other is only what I can advance for now, other news I still cannot speak because there are still some details to be able to state about, but I can say that with each passing day our music has reached as many people as possible and it only motivates us more and more.
22 – How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
As a musician and artist I am always looking to learn more every day, I consider this a constant evolution. As for the band, with each new release or composition it is evident how much the songs are also improved, and that’s great because it always makes us motivated as musicians and bandmates.
23 – Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
In the long run yes, that is the consolidation of our band in the world metal scene.
24 – If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?