1. Introduce us to your 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.
2. How did you start out?
The band High Moonlight began its work in the late ‘90s. From the beginning, it had a first name that was Evil Side for next Elves of boots.
The sound was more sturdy in heavy blues than 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.
3. Describe your project’s sound
The main feature of High Moonlight is its authentic, punctual, striking and creative guitar Riffs (something that most bands have left a bit aside these days). Joining to this are beautiful vocal melodies (and with weight) and very inspired soils, done! Here is the formula that composes and defines the sound of the band, with no obligation at all for the great bands of the metal genre worldwide.
The lyrics address conspiratorial issues (aliens, occult government, existentialism), epic or intergalactic battles, and sometimes themes of contemporary pop culture as superheroes.
4. What influences your craft?
I could never get away from the music altogether. Even when I’m working on something totally different, I’m always thinking about heavy music in general. For me Heavy Metal and Rock and Roll is much more than a musical genre, for me, it is a lifestyle and it is this lifestyle that I have always tried to follow.
5. What makes your project different?
People always tell me that our music looks like a lot of bands they’ve heard but at the same time they do not look like anything, meaning it’s really an original work.
I think it is by the direct and simple way that I try to create the compositions.
It really is a song that gives pleasure to listen to it.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
They could start with “Arcturians” which is a song with very powerful riffs and a nice drum line. She is powerful by nature and describes well the personality of the band: Wild and nervous.
I also like ‘Inovaya’, which is something really magical, but I’m suspected of talking, we have many compositions that can easily be candidates for the band’s classic.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
The biggest problem I’ve faced so far in my career is finding good musicians who are committed to the band’s proposal. Unfortunately, here in Brazil, many do not take heavy music seriously as they should and this ends up making the metal scene a little difficult in the country.
But gradually things have improved, I am building brick by brick and the right people are appearing and consolidating the sound of High Moonlight in the heavy music scene and this motivates me to always move on.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
The biggest highlight of my career so far was the participation of my band in an official heavy metal compilation in the year 2016. Big names of the national metal participated in this work and this made the band happen to be known in the national metal scene.
9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
I have always believed in my work more than anyone else and I will always continue like this. I believe very much in the potency of my band and that I am managing to consolidate a career as a musician of heavy metal and spreading more and more the sound and the name of the band. As I said we are about to release an EP that will be available on various digital platforms. This will be a great leap in our careers as it will certainly open many doors so that soon we can record our first studio album and be invited to play anywhere in the world. This is what I foresee and believe for High Moonlight.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
All I want is to have the name of the band as one of the representatives of the style (heavy metal) nationally and internationally. Being recognized for this is one of the most important things a heavy metal musician aims to achieve.
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