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Meet Kristina Miranda of High Grass in DTLA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Miranda.

Kristina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Everything started with my trip to Cuba in 2009 when I arrived in Havana to record my solo album. I met my future husband and bandmate, guitarist Marciel Miranda, in the recording studio. In 2010, I moved from Moscow to Havana, where we started to write music together and, later on, created an alt-rock project, High Grass. In 2016 after our project was nominated for “The Best Rock Band of Cuba” on the Award TV show “Cuerda Viva“, we decided to take our music overseas. After traveling and visiting several American states and cities, we settled in Los Angeles.

Speaking about the latest events, I would say that this year marked a new chapter for the project. I am very excited to share our news with you! My band has just dropped an EP “The Black Door”. All the songs were written and recorded back in Havana. We also released a music video for our single “Tonight” where you can see us performing it live together with our drummer, Adam Ponce, at InfiniteSpin Records here in LA. This song is about finding your path and being true to yourself. It was inspired by my decision to move from Moscow to Havana, where I started my music career. It was hard to leave my family and friends, but that decision totally changed my life. I believe that it is essential to follow your instincts, sometimes taking risk and never giving up, to find your way.

Has it been a smooth road?
With Cuba being an isolated country, with hardly any internet until 2015, no music stores, it was a challenge to put this record together. Marciel and I decided to build a home studio and recorded songs in our small room in Havana. We learned a lot through that process. Despite limited resources, we had so much fun with our friends Daryl Vaillant and Marlon Yamian making this EP. You can really feel the collaborative energy on the record.

As the year 2020 announced the start of the new decade, we excitedly planned live shows around the city and had scheduled a release party for our EP at the Whisky a Go Go. Sadly, with Covid-19, those plans had to be put on hold. We miss performing a lot. We are lucky to have the amazing support of our fans and listeners, and are excited to release more music in the near future!

Could you tell us more about your new EP?
The name of our EP “The Black Door” is also the name of the last song on the record. It was the first song Marciel and I wrote together. The EP itself is a throwback to the beginning of our journey that started in Cuba. Every track is full of energy, and there is storytelling involved. We wanted to bring up different topics such as relationships, women empowerment, life motivation, drug addiction, TV criticism. The black door symbolizes the unknown and uncertain choices we all have to make at some moment in our lives. The cover for our EP is reminiscent of the Pink Floyd cover, referencing the continuity that bridges the generations and different cultures.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the future is difficult to predict these days — we’ve seen so many unexpected events recently that are affecting artists all over the world and the whole of the live performance scene. However, we have also seen an increase in the use of virtual meeting technology, helping artists stay connected with the audience. I believe this new way of interaction will get further development to bring even more opportunities to everyone.

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Image Credit:
Alex Elena, Chuck Fedalizo, Tyler Miles, Ricardo Herrera, Artwork by The Real Theory

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