High Street is a hard rock, heavily blues-influenced group that originated in Chicago. Now based in Los Angeles, the band is igniting their generation to partake in the most authentic, stripped-down, and honest type of rock and roll there is. Founded and led by Erik Findling, songwriter and lead guitarist, and featuring Chloe O’Mara on lead vocals, the band is delivering a fresh spin on classic rock sounds with current pop influences.
It all started back in the late 2000s in the attic of Erik Findling’s Chicago household. The young middle-schooler – who first picked up a guitar at the age of 4 – and his older brother, Kurt, on drums, assembled a group with some of their musically-inclined classmates. Their attic rehearsal space looked out onto the corner of High Street, inspiring the band’s name.
As young teens, they started out as a classic rock cover band with hopes of playing a few parties around the neighborhood – never imagining this would be the beginning of a long and exciting journey. At the age of 11 Erik started creating original music opening the door to many new opportunities. With Erik’s exceptional creativity, three EPs of original music were soon recorded by prominent producers in Chicago, such as Sean O’Keefe – known for his work with Fall Out Boy and Plain White T’s. The Chicago club circuit quickly took notice and booked them all around the city at venues such as the renowned Double Door, Subterranean, and Hard Rock Chicago. This was the beginning of a new chapter for the band that would take them to the next level.
Nevertheless, just as they were really gaining momentum, Erik – the youngest member of the group – watched the band dissolve as the other members went off to college. Alas, the band was no more. However, on his own, Erik went on a personal path to develop as an artist, exploring new genres of music such as jazz and classical. He’s performed at hotspots across L.A. and Chicago, even performing at the GRAMMYs official after party in 2017. Shortly after moving out to Los Angeles, Erik found the inspiration to revive High Street permanently. This time, a fresh set of talent has been assembled to pick up right where they left off to continue the High Street legacy on a larger scale.
Chloe O’Mara – Lead Vocals
Chloe O’Mara has been immersed in music literally since birth, having been born into a show-biz family. Her father is a professional singer and she took an interest in singing as far back as she can remember. Chloe spent the majority of her high school years singing with award-winning choral groups, and during that time she also became active in the instrumental and drama programs. This led to not only an appreciation for more diverse styles of music, but it also awarded her opportunities to sing with various different bands at big events including performances at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Tournament of Roses Parade…just to name a few. While she has a deep appreciation for all styles of music, Chloe is deeply influenced by classic rock, gravitating to Led Zeppelin, Queen, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Heart, and Fleetwood Mac. On top of that, Chloe is also a multi-instrumentalist featuring her skills all the way from the guitar to the mandolin. She now serves as the lead vocalist for High Street, bringing her diverse musical influences to a whole new creative level.
Erik Findling – Lead Guitar
Erik Findling first picked up the guitar at the young age of just four years old. Growing up in Chicago, Findling was heavily influenced by the Blues at an early age, being exposed to artists such as B.B. King, Albert King, and Buddy Guy. At around 7 years old, he would start to perform at Blues clubs around the city where his peers and audience members would revere him as a “guitar prodigy”. However it wasn’t until the tender age of 8, that Findling’s father had taken him to see Slash perform at the renowned Riviera Theatre in Uptown, Chicago that would create a jaw dropping experience for the young Blues guitarist, immediately shifting him from Blues to Hard Rock. His dad, a former musician, would play Van Halen and Guns N’ Roses records in the car wherever they went, leading Erik to practice hours on end, attempting to copy down exactly note for note what he heard on the recordings. By the time Findling was in the eighth grade he was performing already at highly acclaimed venues in Chicago such as the Double Door, Hard Rock Café, and the Subterranean with the first version of High Street. Once Findling got to high school, he started to explore other genres of music, mainly Jazz, where he really started to gain an understanding of the guitar and the sounds that could be produced from it. He would come home from school and go straight to the practice room, spending up to 8 hours a day mastering his abilities on the guitar. His devotion and hard work eventually paid off as he was the only guitarist in the country to be selected for the GRAMMY Jazz Band as well as the Jazz Band of America when he was just a senior in high school. Once Erik received his high school diploma he relocated to Los Angeles to start a career within the music and entertainment industry. Now, Findling is focused on his career as a rock musician and he serves as the group leader and lead guitarist of High Street.
Cole Supple – Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals
Cole Supple is an 19-year old singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and recording-engineer from the greater L.A. area. He grew up and remains an insane Beatles-addict but has been immersed in music of all genres, which greatly influences his singer-songwriter/alternative style. He loves artists like The Rolling Stones, Harry Styles, Counting Crows, U2, Coldplay, Maroon 5, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Winter, and Paul Simon. Cole had an inclination for music and the guitar before he even knew it. His mother notes that he was always dancing to the radio and music since he was a toddler. After discovering The Beatles at six years old, he was set on playing guitar- rock and roll compelled him. He started taking guitar lessons, writing songs, and performing and has continued ever since. Now currently studying Music Business at the University of Southern California, Cole is rocking the L.A. scene playing gigs, writing music, collaborating, and recording non-stop. He also attended one year at Cal State Northridge studying Music Business prior to USC. Some fun facts about Cole- he is an Eagle Scout, he can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 30 seconds, and he has climbed Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental U.S.!
Nicholas Metaxas – Bass
Nicholas Alec Metaxas is a Greek-American bass player who began his journey at the age of 12 after being introduced to the instrument by his step-father, subsequently turning into an obsession with the four stringed instrument and music as a whole. During his childhood, Metaxas resided inside of Huntington Beach and soon moved to Corona at early adolescence permanently. Due to his parent’s extensive variety of music played constantly throughout his household, he began taking great inspiration from a plethora of genres such as jazz, indie, alternative, postrock, rnb, rap, blues, rock, country, and pop respectively. After his discovery of albums such as “Hatful of Hallow” by The Smiths, “Turn On The Bright Lights” by Interpol, “Summer in Abaddon” by Pinback and “Siamese Dream” by the Smashing Pumpkins, Metaxas was hooked on music like a drug. He began arriving to school early for practice, practicing at lunch, and coming home from school and immediately finishing all his homework only to then practice bass once again for a minimum of 8 hours daily while maintaining good grades in Advanced Placement classes. Going through a great deal of difficulties in life at school, home and internally, he decided to enter the classical, jazz and rock scene with full force to cope with his struggles. In little time, Metaxas picked up the guitar, upright bass, clarinet, bassoon and began extensive studies in the realms of music theory. He would go on to play a myriad of instruments at countless bars/venues/restaurants, jazz/classical competitions in California, Hawaii and Chicago, march in the Rose Parade alongside play as the committee’s jazz combo, perform as the main event at the prestigious Carnegie Hall, and open up for popular rock bands such as Motley Crüe, Great White, Berlin and Dokken. Metaxas now currently attends Cal Poly Pomona as an aspiring teacher/musician and focuses on both his academic and musical career simultaneously.
Jonathan Gawrich – Drums
I’m Jonathan Gawrich, but you can call me JJ. I reside in Southern California and I started playing the drums many many years ago in just the living room of my home. My very first kit was passed down to me from my grandfather. He had been gifted it from a musical icon way back in the day! My passion quickly ignited and I haven’t been able to set the sticks down since. Later on, I picked out my current kit and I played my first live gig on April 6, 2014, at the Water Wheel Saloon in Norco, CA at just the age of eleven. Some of my instructors have been: Ray Obenchain from Brookfield Studios, Brent Arcement, Jerrico Law, Michael Anderson from Rock Stars Of Tomorrow and Kyle Schweikhard from Drum Sync Academy. I have been lucky through the years to bring together and start a couple of bands. My first band was formed in 2014 and went by Sliktwist, later on joining new bands down the road. Now, I serve as full time drummer for High Street, looking forward to see what the future holds!