What are your names?
Cameron Jones- Vocals and Bass
Mark Nussle – Vocals and Guitar
Chris Rymer – Guitar
Adam Harrington – Drums
What is the band name?
What is your genre of music?
Alternative, Rock, Pop Punk
Give us a little bio about you as a band.
For Chicago, IL quartet High Wire, the story started in different places. In 2012, Iowa natives Cameron Jones (bass, vocals), Mark Nussle (guitar, vocals), and Chris Rymer (guitar) migrated to Chicago together in pursuit of their musical ambitions at the same time Adam Harrington (Drums) left Sydney, Australia to chase his own dreams in music. Since then, the band has made a name for themselves in a thriving Chicago punk scene establishing a dedicated fan base and sharing stages with the likes of Real Friends, You Me and Everyone We Know, Sleep On It, Knockout Kid and more.
How did you meet each other?
Cameron, Mark, and Chris all grew up in the same small town in Iowa. Mark and Cameron have been playing together since thirteen and Chris joined the pair in high school. After graduation, the three of us moved to Chicago to continue our musical pursuits. There, we met Adam through a sketchy craigslist posting. We hit it off immediately and have been playing together ever since.
Describe each other in one word.
Cameron – Chill
Mark – energetic
Chris – beard
Adam – wildcard
Are you a signed?
You set to release your new EP ‘Difference Places’ is being released soon, tell us more about it?
The EP is very much a step in a new direction for the band with a handful of new songs, but still retains a familiar sound that fans have grown to love since their debut. Different Places, produced by Seth Henderson (Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Sleep On It) is a collection of songs that tell a story of personal changes and growth. It’s the journey from who you were, molded by the irrevocable changes in relationships to where you are presently, and who you aspire to be in the future. The EP is a representation both literally and physically for the band and embodies where High Wire started, where the band is presently and where they’re headed in the future.
What was the writing process like?
It came together really quick. We already had a lot of ideas that we had been writing since our last record so there were a lot of riffs and ideas to choose from. Cameron and Mark do the majority of the writing and start all of the songs together. the more structured ideas will work their way into the full band practice where everyone will jam through it and finish it together.
What was the recording process like?
Super fun. Always Be Genius is a chill environment and Seth Henderson really makes you feel at home. The songs always evolve and grow from their original conception and it’s amazing to hear the early demo tracks to the final master. We worked about ten hours every day completing a new song each day.
Describe each track in three words.
Count on Me: Forgiveness, Trust, evolution
Different Places: opposites, loss, past
Empty Room: young, reckless, fun
Nothing Left To Lose: energetic, away, family
Something In The Way: nervous, excited, new
That Was Then, This Is Now: hope, change, growth
Do you have any videos to accompany the EP coming out?
We have a music video for our new song Nothing Left to Lose, and more music videos to follow soon.
You also have a tour coming up, what can we expect?
We’re hitting the road with our new friends in Gold Route, We’ll be playing some new songs from the upcoming EP, as well as some fan favorites.
Do you have support on for the shows?
Each show will have different locals every night, so come out early and listen to something new!
Where can you get tickets from?
From our website, www.highwireil.com or our various social media accounts.
What is next for you all?
The remainder of 2017 we will be on the road playing our new EP, as well as releasing some music videos for the EP. We’re reallly excited for the next few months. You can see all of our upcoming dates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc, follow us at @HighwireIL
Do you have any collaborations in the works?
We have a fun guest vocal spot on “Different Places”. Our good friend Zech Pluister from Sleep On It visited us while we were in the studio and lent his voice to the record on the title track
Would you be up for collaborating with other bands or artists, if so how could they contact you?
Absolutely! Have their people call our people and we’ll make something cool!
Do you play any instruments?
We can play Guitar, Bass guitar, Drums, Clarinet, Trumpet, Piano, Saxophone, Didgeridoo
Who are your influences?
The Starting Line, Blink-182, New Found Glory, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Yellowcard. Any pop punk or alternative band from the early 2000’s
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
It usually starts with Mark writing a guitar riff, then we will add the rest of the instrumentals, melodies, and lyrics collectively. If we are ever stuck on a song we aren’t afraid to move on to something else, or start something completely new.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully touring across the US, and internationally. Still creating music that we would want to listen to.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Cameron: More of the movie buff of the band, also enjoys puzzles and reading…nerd.
Mark: Enjoys playing golf, basketball, and other sports I don’t excel at
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
The Metro in Chicago
what would be your dream show to have your music played on?
MTV’s The Challenge (huge fans)
For anyone visiting Los Angeles, where would you recommend them to go?
Being unfamiliar with Los Angeles we’d go with your nearest Chipotle Mexican Grill.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
We’ve been on a Mooseblood kick recently, so it would be fun to share a stage with them or collaborate on a song in the future.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
New Found Glory. Writing with them would be amazing.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Mark: I heard Brainstew by Green Day in middle school and it made me want to pick up a guitar.
Cameron: Dumpweed, Blink 82 – the mark Tom and Travis show. Hearing the crowd swell at the beginning and the energetic start made me want to start my own band.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t care what people think of you and do what makes you happy.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Just have fun with it. Write music you enjoy listening to, you can’t go wrong with that.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Party on dude, and be excellent to each other.
You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit – Home to see our pets, friends and family.
2/ where is the first place you see – The skyline of Chicago
3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get – Pancheros, but since that’s more of an Iowa thing, we’’ go with Chipotle.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Capo – required for certain tunings
Todd – our merch mannequin
Drumsticks/Guitar picks/Accessories – We always check before we leave because of how many times these items have been forgotten.
Square app card swiper – no-one has cash anymore!