AN INTERVIEW WITH HIGH SUNN
We met up with Justin Cheromiah after he got off his shift at a coffee shop, and went to a nearby park to ask him a couple questions. Justin is the lead singer and guitarist in High Sunn, a solo project which was turned live through the help of his band members, Ari (bass), Fredy (live lead guitar), Joe (live drums), and Tristan (recorded drums). High Sunn makes lofi tunes with hints of garage rock and dream pop.
ANY PREVIOUS PROJECTS BEFORE HIGH SUNN?
Really bad ones, I did covers of Buckethead and recorded them and put them on CD. On Halloween I gave them to my friends because I dressed up as him. There’s also a really cringy band I had in 6th grade which was really shitty metal. Don’t laugh at the name, actually you can laugh at it, it was called Toxic Pandas.
YOU’VE BEEN QUITE PROLIFIC. HOW DOES YOUR SONGWRITING FEED INTO THAT?
Basically, I fuck around with a Tascam, it’s an 8 track, and I would constantly layer stuff with my guitar. From there I added drum machine and vocals. I would do a song a day. But now I use Ableton.
EVOLUTION IN SOUND FROM FIRST PROJECT TO MOST RECENT?
Back then I wanted to be super garage rock, like Wavves and Fidlar, which influenced me. After that, I kept getting into dream pop, and when Televisions came out, I wanted to be like him, his style. It was really easy and simple, but still catchy.
INSPIRATIONS + INFLUENCES?
Anime, that's a main influence right there, and Craft Spells.
FIRST EVER SHOW??
I was 16 and it was booked at the Revolution Cafe on Mission, but the owner fucked up the dates and booked a jazz group so we just went to a house and started playing. There was an opener who got together in like 30 minutes. I remember the picture for the High Sunn bandcamp was that show for a while.