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Eddie Witz and The Most High

Eddie Witz and The Most High: "It’s a reminder of the importance of staying connected to one’s origins and the enduring power of those early influences in shaping our dreams and aspirations."



Welcome to our exclusive interview with a talented and multifaceted artist, we delve into the inspiring story behind the formation of Eddie Witz and The Most High. We explore the eclectic blend of genres that define their unique sound, and discuss the profound impact of collaboration with esteemed musicians. We'll also uncover the personal and nostalgic journey that inspired the new single 'In California,' and gain insights into the artist's evolution both musically and personally. Join us as we explore the aspirations for the upcoming album, 'I Am What I Am,' and discover the artists who continue to inspire and influence this remarkable musician.

How did you originally get into music, and what was the first music you loved?

I began taking piano and singing lessons at the age of 5. Throughout my school years and into college, my primary focus was on performing on stage in the theatre, and I studied acting and performing at USC and the British School of Acting in London. The first music I fell in love with included legends like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and The Beatles. Their music had a profound impact on me and sparked my passion for performing.

What inspired you to form ‘Eddie Witz and The Most High?’

The inspiration to form ‘Eddie Witz and The Most High’ came from a deep desire to create music that resonated on a spiritual and emotional level, at first to heal myself from my own personal trauma and from a physical ailment called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome that left the right side of my face partially paralysed.

I wanted to form a band that could transcend traditional genres and bring together diverse influences, from rock and soul to reggae and world music. The idea was to create a sound that not only entertained but also inspired and uplifted our listeners. ‘Eddie Witz and The Most High’ became the perfect vehicle for this vision, allowing me to explore profound themes of self-love, healing oneself, unity, and enlightenment through our music.

What genres does the musical collective explore?

'Eddie Witz and The Most High' explores many genres, reflecting diverse musical influences and commitment to creating a unique sound. Our music is an eclectic blend that includes modern pop, we incorporate powerful guitar riffs and dynamic rhythms that drive much of our sound. We infuse soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, aiming to connect with listeners on an emotional level with laid-back, rhythmic grooves of reggae adding a distinct vibe to our music, bringing in elements of relaxation and positivity. I am very inspired by global sounds, so we have worked hard to integrate various instruments and styles from around the world, creating a fusion.

By blending these genres, we strive to create a musical experience that is diverse, engaging, and reflective of our collective artistic vision. This fusion allows us to explore different themes and emotions, making our music resonate with a wide audience.

You’ve got to work alongside some credible musicians  - how has this shaped the sound, and do you prefer to work alone or collaborate?

Working alongside some incredibly talented and credible musicians has been a transformative experience for me. Each musician brings their own unique perspective, skills, and creativity to the table, and this collaboration has significantly shaped the sound of ‘Eddie Witz and The Most High’ by adding layers of depth and richness to our music, allowing us to explore new directions and push our creative boundaries.

While I enjoy the solitude and focus of working alone, where I can delve deeply into personal expression and fine-tune my ideas, I ultimately prefer to collaborate. The collective energy, shared passion, and diverse influences that come from working with others are invaluable. Collaboration not only broadens the scope of our music but also strengthens the bond within the band, making the creative process more fulfilling and enjoyable.

The new single ‘In California’ seems to reminisce on growing up on The West Coast and your personal journey. In your own words, what is the story behind the song?

‘In California’ is a deeply personal song that reflects my journey growing up on the West Coast. The song is a nostalgic look back at the formative years of my life, filled with vivid memories of the sun-soaked beaches, the vibrant music scene, and the diverse, eclectic culture that shaped who I am today.

The West Coast, with its natural beauty and dynamic lifestyle, has always been a source of inspiration for me. The song captures the essence of those carefree days, exploring themes of youth, freedom, and the pursuit of dreams. It also touches on the inevitable changes and challenges that come with growing up, moving away, and finding one’s path in life.

The lyrics are a heartfelt tribute to the places and people that have left a lasting impact on my life. It’s a reflection on the journey of self-discovery and the importance of staying connected to one’s roots, no matter where life takes you.

Overall, the song is a celebration of my personal journey and the indelible mark that California has left on my heart. It’s a reminder of the power of place in shaping our identities and the enduring memories that keep us grounded.

What does ‘In California’ mean to you?

‘In California’ the song is more than just a nostalgic reflection; it's a tribute to the experiences, people, and places that have profoundly influenced who I am today.

California, with its diverse landscapes and vibrant culture, has always been a source of inspiration. The song captures the essence of growing up in such a dynamic environment—filled with moments of freedom, exploration, and discovery. It reminds me of the sunlit days spent on the beach, the late-night drives along the coast, and the music that filled the air and my soul.

On a deeper level, ‘In California’ represents the journey of self-discovery and the sense of belonging. It's about embracing my roots and acknowledging how they have shaped my identity and artistic expression. The song also reflects the bittersweet nature of change and growth, as it evokes memories of a time and place that I hold dear, even as I move forward in life.

Ultimately, ‘In California’ is a celebration of my personal history and the lasting impact that the West Coast has had on me. It’s a reminder of the importance of staying connected to one’s origins and the enduring power of those early influences in shaping our dreams and aspirations.

How do you hope the track will resonate with listeners, and what is its key message?

My hope is that ‘In California’ resonates with listeners by evoking a sense of nostalgia and connection to their own personal journeys and the places that have shaped them. The track is designed to be both a reflective and uplifting experience, allowing listeners to reminisce about their own memories and the moments that have defined their lives.

The key message of the song is about the power of place and the enduring impact it has on our identity and sense of belonging. It's a celebration of the experiences and environments that mold us, reminding us to cherish our roots and the journey of self-discovery that comes with growing up.

Through its lyrics and melody, I aim to convey the importance of embracing change while staying connected to where we come from. I want listeners to feel the warmth of those sunlit California days and the bittersweet beauty of moving forward while holding onto cherished memories.

Ultimately, ‘In California’ is about appreciating the past, understanding its role in shaping who we are, and carrying that sense of place and identity with us as we continue to grow and evolve. I hope the track inspires listeners to reflect on their own stories and find joy and meaning in their personal journeys.

How does it reflect how you’ve evolved both musically and personally?

‘In California’ reflects my evolution both musically and personally in several profound ways. Musically, the track represents a synthesis of various influences and genres that have shaped my sound over the years. It blends elements of rock, soul, and a touch of the laid-back West Coast vibe, showcasing my growth as an artist who is comfortable experimenting and merging different styles to create something unique and authentic.

The song's production and arrangement demonstrate a maturity in my musical approach. I've learned to appreciate the nuances of songwriting, focusing on creating melodies and lyrics that resonate deeply with listeners. The craftsmanship behind ‘In California’ reflects my journey towards finding my own voice and sound, which is both a tribute to my roots and a testament to my artistic growth.

On a personal level, ‘In California’ is a narrative of my journey of self-discovery and the life lessons I've learned along the way. The lyrics capture my reflections on growing up, the importance of staying connected to my origins, and the bittersweet nature of change and progress. It's a reminder of the experiences that have shaped me and the values that I hold dear.

The song also illustrates my evolution in terms of perspective. It speaks to a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between our past and present, and how our experiences and memories continue to influence us. This personal growth is mirrored in the way I approach music—infusing my work with authenticity, emotion, and a sense of purpose.

In essence, ‘In California’ is a testament to my ongoing journey as an artist and an individual. It captures the essence of where I've been and hints at the direction I'm headed, making it a significant milestone in my evolution both musically and personally.

Can you share what artists currently inspire you, and why?

Artists like Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Ben Harper, and John Butler inspire me for various reasons:

These artists inspire me because of their ability to blend musical talent with meaningful lyrics that resonate on a personal and sometimes spiritual level. They create music that is not only enjoyable to listen to but also carries messages of positivity, introspection, and social awareness. Their authenticity and dedication to their craft continue to influence and inspire me.

What are your aspirations for your upcoming album?

My debut album, “I Am What I Am” drops July 12th, and my hope is to convey a genuine reflection of identity and beliefs through the music and lyrics, embracing authenticity and self-discovery. I wanted to create music that resonates deeply with listeners, fostering emotional connections and provoking thought on themes like identity, acceptance, and personal growth my exploring diverse musical styles and genres, blending elements of acoustic, folk, and electronic experimental sounds to create a unique sonic experience.

I like to use my music as a medium for storytelling, sharing personal experiences, observations, and perspectives that invite listeners into a narrative journey. I enjoy challenging myself artistically, pushing boundaries in composition, arrangement, and production to evolve creatively and expand my musical horizons and to inspire positivity, introspection, and empowerment through the album's themes and messages, encouraging listeners to embrace their true selves and celebrate diversity. Ultimately, the goal would be for "I Am What I Am" to be a meaningful and enriching musical experience that leaves a lasting impression on those who listen to it.

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