Get to know the group, High Dive!
Hailing from Texas and self-described as “pretty good,” High Dive’s music is for fans of bands such as Mayday Parade and Jimmy Eat World. All of the members grew up playing in various bands within the Houston area music scene, and they officially came together in 2017. They immediately started putting together their debut album, “Forget I Called.”
Connect With High Dive Here: WEBSITE: https://www.highdiveband.com
Check out their brand new music video for their latest track, “Never Really Over”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0-cmO62rb0
Learn more about High Dive in the following All Access interview:
So how are you keeping busy and musical these days during the pandemic?
Along with continuing to write new stuff together, I have been posting a “1- minute cover” video every single day to Tiktok and Instagram and is currently 150 days into his mission of 365 straight days. Zach found the extra time that came along with this shutdown inspiring and actually left his long-time job as a music director to pursue independent songwriting and production. -Kyle
How are you staying connected to your fans?
We’ve released two singles since the pandemic started and have made more effort than ever to keep a steady flow of visual content. We pieced together a small crew of creatives to make a DIY, iPhone filmed music video for our latest single and it’s been a hit this far! -Kyle
Are you finding that social media is even more useful now?
I believe we both knew how valuable social media could be for us pre-covid, but without being able to play shows for going on 8 months now, we’ve been relying on it as a way to build engagement that we might not have noticed before. -Zach
What do you think motivates you day in and day out? How has that drive changed since you first starting writing songs?
What keeps me going is knowing that I have the opportunity to give someone else the same thing that music has given to me. There is definitely less resistance now than the early days of writing. -Zach
How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?
Houston is such a massive, multi-cultural place that you could probably find a little bit of all it’s influences in our music. That being said, we grew up in the early internet days of myspace, etc. sooooo our influences definitely can’t be tied directly to Houston. -Kyle
Growing up, how important was music in your life?
I grew up with parents who had very different music tastes so I started forming my love for it very young. Country music was my intro into music and then when my dad showed me the Dookie album it kinda went downhill from there. Zach says music never really peaked his interest until he got into skate culture around 14 or 15. -Kyle
Was your family and friends always supportive of this career choice?
Our families have both been extremely supportive from the beginning. I played my first show at 9 years old (4th grade talent show) and most recently in March of this year at a dive bar and my parents were at both gigs. -Kyle
If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?
I would probably be some sort of engineer or mechanic. I always liked doing things with my hands which has crossed over to music in a useful way. -Zach
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
That it’s not always about the music. The backend of the industry is so vast and not everyone is here for the same reasons. Our approach is to keep it as much about the music as we can. -Zach
Is there anything you wish you could go back and tell your younger self about this industry?
That there really are no rules or a proven method. It comes down to the arts being about individual expression and trying to be something unauthentic will fizzle out. -Kyle
Let’s talk about your newest music. What has been inspiring you lately?
Whenever I’m looking for inspiration I just look for anything different, like a new playlist, and I have yet to fail to find something that’s refreshing. The overabundance of music that’s available at all times is inspiring. -Zach
What was like making your music video for “Never Really Over”? How creatively involved with the overall process were you all?
We had a blast. There wasn’t much else going on at the time so it was a nice mental massage. -Zach
A good friend of ours came up with the concept for the video, which was loosely based on the original songs music video, and we filmed it all on an iPhone and edited it ourselves. Our goal was to make a silly and heartwarming video for people to enjoy during these darker than usual times. -Kyle
Do you have plans to release a new album soon?
We’ll be putting out another single at the beginning of next year which is definitely going to turn some heads. It’s a totally new energy and a bit reminiscent of our earlier stuff from Forget I Called but much more sonically pleasing. -Kyle
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? Who has consistently been inspiring you and the music that you make?
Rick Beato, Butch Vig and John Mayer -Zach
The band Camino has been one of the more inspiring groups for me to be a fan of over the past few years. Their evolution has been awesome to watch. -Kyle
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
That they’ll praise our songwriting ability, give us all their money and want to practice their instruments.