Meet The Greater Heights!
The Greater Heights are a pop/rock band from San Diego, CA, but not everything started in San Diego. Back in 2009, Chase Johnson (Singer) picked up everything and left his hometown of Rockton, Illinois and moved to San Diego to join The Greater Heights with Robert Main (Bass). Two years later, through some mutual friends, Chase and Robert connected with Chris Crain (Drums) and Chris joined the Greater Heights. Soon after, Chase got his best friend from Illinois, Maxwell Hobbs (Guitar), to move to San Diego as well to be in the band. With similar tastes in music but also very opposite opinions in music, the Greater Heights achieve a unique sound with mainstream pop with a dash of rock; they bring a new element to the table. If you’re a fan of The Maine, Mayday Parade, The Fray, Panic at the Disco, Coldplay, and The Cab then we guarantee you will love The Greater Heights! We recently caught up with Robert Main, the bass guitarist, for The Greater Heights to learn more about them as artists and individuals. Check out our question and answer session with them:
Q: What/where is your hometown? Do the people back at home support you?
A: As of now our hometown is San Diego, Ca, but we’re all from different areas. Chase Johnson (Singer) and Maxwell Hobbs (Guitar) are both from Rockton, Illinois. I’m (Robert Main (Bass)) from Orange County,CA and Chris Crain (Drums) is from Riverside, CA. Through all of our travels, we all ended up in San Diego and that’s what we call home now. All of our families support the band, which is a godsend to all of us. Without the backing behind us from our family and friends, we wouldn’t be doing the things we love to do.
Q: How did you come up with your band name?
A: We used to be called another name, and had a totally different sound; we decided to give us a new name. We must have come up with over 200 names and we condensed it down to the best words and came up with The Greater Heights. It’s kinda cheesy but it’s also where we want to go with our music.
Q: Who are your major music influences?
A: We all have different influences when it comes to our music. Some of us listen to Coldplay, The Fray, The Script and Justin Bieber, but some us listen to Four Year Strong, Cartel, The Cab and Weezer. I think because of the different genres interfering with our writing it helps us get something really special.
Q: How long have you all known each other?
A: Well because Chase and Maxwell came from the same area, they’ve know each other for years. But as a whole, we’ve been The Greater Heights you know for about a year.
Q: How did you meet?
A: I was in the band before “The Greater Heights” and we needed a new singer so through mutual friends and via MySpace, we found Chase and flew him out here to tryout. We all liked Chase so he moved out from Illinois to be in the band. Through a few member changes throughout the years, we hooked up with Chris and Chase got Maxwell to move out to San Diego as well.
Q: What genre would you consider your work to be?
A: We like to consider ourselves Pop/Rock. It’s so hard to name what kind of genre you are because there’s so many out there, so we just like to keep it simple with Pop/Rock.
Q: What is your biggest inspiration in life?
A: Our biggest inspiration is all the awesome music we listen to. If we didn’t listen to our favorite artists, I don’t think we would be doing we love to do right now. All the artists that have paved the way for us truly inspire us every day.
Q: Do you guys have any other hobbies besides, obviously, making music?
A: We all love going to the beach since it’s so close to us. We all live in the same house together so we all get together with our friends and watch movies and play Mario Kart 64 into the late, late hours.
Q: What are your hopes for the near future?
A: Our hope right now is to get our music into the ears of as many people as we can. If more people listen to us, the further we’ll get with this.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories along your journey so far?
A: Some of my best memories with the band have been playing out of town shows with these guys. So many good times and some bad, but the bad ones are good as well because we’ve learned some important things. Also recording, being in the studio for 14 hours at a time for a week is so much fun to me.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
A: The music industry has changed so much over the past 10 years and it so hard to judge what it’s going to evolve into next. Being able to stay ahead of the curve is the biggest hurdle to get over because if you have that advantage that no one else is doing, we’ll get noticed and ahead more. Money is a big part too. You gotta spend money to make money and we’ve done a lot of it, but since we put it towards something we love to do, it makes it all worthwhile.
Q: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
A: Be in it to win, or you won’t go far. If you just like playing for the heck of it, of course just do it because you love to, but if you’re in it for the long haul and want to make a career with it, you better put every drop of dedication and every cent into it if you want to get anywhere.
The Greater Heights is one devoted and talented group of guys! I can say without a doubt that they are one of my new favorite bands and I often find myself listening to their music on repeat! With catchy melodies and sing-able lyrics, I guarantee that you will fall in love with their music too! If you haven’t done so already, check out their CD “Streets Of The Better Life” and see for yourselves how awesome they are! The guys didn’t stop there with the amazing tunes though, with the release of their new radio worthy single “Make It Through”, they’ve added just one more reason for fans to “like” them on Facebook!
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