High Minds Cafe is the product of a vision Jaquan had while on his journey on the islands of Hawaii during February-March 2015.
From across the ocean, he contacted Rickey and Lord back in Chico, and asked if they would be interested in starting a new band. Over the next month, Jaquan recorded his new song ideas on his cell phone and shared them with Rickey and Lord on a shared Google Drive folder, who would download the songs and play along with them at home.
April 1, 2015 Jaquan flew back to California. April 2nd, Rickey picked Jaquan up from the Oakland airport. April 5th was the first time High Minds Cafe met in person since the initiation of this project.
On July 18th, 2015 we had the wonderful opportunity to perform at the Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest! We shared the stage with top-notch acts such as: Wyclef Jean, Stephen Marley, Capleton, Don Carlos, Prezident Brown, and many others over the weekend.
In September 2015, we performed live on the radio for the first time on Studio 416 at KZFR 90.1FM. We also began recording our debut Dizzy EP at Electric Canyon Studios with Dale Price. We were hard at work recording from September 2015 through March 2016.
On July 22, 2016, the Dizzy EP was released on Bandcamp. Which you can purchase by clicking on the "Shop" tab in the navigation bar. Enter the code "Dizzy20" to receive 20% off!
Throughout 2016, High Minds Cafe performed at many events throughout the northstate region. Including several performances at Chico Breaks the Record, an attempt to break the world record for longest concert. As well as another performance at the Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest alongside L.A. Guns and Bunny Wailer.
2017 has been a productive year so far. We have begun writing for our debut full-length album, we have begun designing merchandise, and we are booking shows regularly. We are looking forward to the future!
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Rickey started playing music when he was 9 years old playing clarinet in school band. He played clarinet all the way through high school.
At 13 he got a guitar for his birthday and began playing and taking lessons. At 14, he started his first band with friends from school. Throughout high school he played in several different bands.
In 2007, Lord contacted Rickey to play guitar in a new band he was trying to form in Chico with people he met at Chico High School. This band became to be known as Random Tuesday.
Random Tuesday won the Wild Oak High School Battle of the Bands in November 2007, and again in April 2008. They also came in 2nd place two years in a row for the Chico News & Review's favorite local rock music act.
In 2008, Random Tuesday recorded their full-length album Baptized in Fire. In 2009, Random Tuesday disbanded due to members moving away for college.
After Random Tuesday, Rickey tried playing different instruments in other bands, but nothing really stuck.
Then, in 2013, Rickey and JaQuan met while working together in Chico. They hung out frequently, and Rickey even filmed some videos and did recordings for JaQuan's solo-music project.
In 2015 JaQuan asked Rickey to start a project with him that turned into High Minds Cafe!
The rest is history...
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Hey y'all. As the picture caption states I am Ja'Quan Sayres. High Minds Cafe is essentally my brain baby whilst on my backpacking trip in Maui. I'll give you a breif background on me and my energy.
I started my solo acoustic journey at the age of 15. I picked up a guitar and taught myself how to play. Through years of frustration and determaination I finally came out of my box and decided to embark on this mission and what that would look like. I origanally had the name YoungBlackPoet and it just sprouted from there.
I've played many venues during the years of 2010-2014 but I always felt that something was missing. I decided to go on an adventure to a remote island just to see how my music would fair. while in Maui, Hawai'i I had the feeling to call Rickey and Lord and decided to record all my songs on my phone and send the recordings to them via google drive.
On April 1, 2015 I flew back to California. On April 3rd We had our first jam, and agreed on the band name High Minds Cafe. The High Minds project officially began. Two weeks later we played our first show at Chico Breaks the Record.
This band has always been a dream of mine and I am so happy to be able to share our vision, journey and accomplishments with you. I would like to say thank you for visiting and actively engaging in our website and social media pages.
Our reason and mission statement is simple:
We are an Earth-sole, folk-sway band, looking to raise the concious mind with meldodic tones and vibrant frequinces. Be light in the world, Be love to those around you, and Be gentle to yourself.
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Lord always had an interest in music starting at an early age. He began listening to his mother sing and play guitar as he would play along with a small Indian drum.
However, it wasn't until his sophomore year in high school that his musical career began to unfold. Lord's step-brother lended him a bass
guitar and taught him to play "Smoke on the Water."
He moved to Chico where he quickly joined several bands as he attended high school. He was a member of Rosevelt and Random Tuesday.
After high school, Lord delved into an underground fusion of jazz/funk-rock free-style; playing with a variety of local artists throughout Chico and Oroville.
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James has always been into sounds. The tap of raindrops, pant of a dog, a note from any instrument, any sound.
Music works hand and hand with sound and as James grew so did his composition of sounds to make music. At five years old James was given a childs keyboard by his mother which he held very dear. He learned all the songs which came featured on the keyboard in his head, which he now says is his “base of scales and creativity.”
James “identifies with every type of music,” ranging from gospel to metal, classical to rap and all in between. It wasn’t until 18 years old that James would pick up a guitar. He fell in love with the sound of its “screams and tones” and hasn’t stopped playing since.
James would go on to play in a band called “Slurr” and an R&B Hip-Hop group called Provoked Thoughts.
In September of 2015 James was asked to feature as lead guitar on the E.P of High Minds Cafe titled “Dizzy.” Through the recording process James would play shows with the band and months later eventually James joined High Minds Cafe at the invitation of JaQuan Sayres...and a new journey began.