The debut single “Heavy Hitters” is here to introduce Root Mind to the world. The grinding guitar grabs the listener right from the start letting them know they are in for something powerful. The lyrical delivery of J Ward turns up this power with a strong attack. - keith pro, indie band guru
Root Mind is a hip-hop-influenced Nu-metal band formed in the Bay Area of California in 2020, during the Covid 19 outbreak. Under strict orders from the United States government and the World Health Organization to stay at home and social distance, Root Mind, with a defiant eye, went against the opposition and all shelter in place orders to begin work on their first self-titled EP. Root Mind is Justin J WARD Baldwin on vocals, a local solo artist having hailed from the group Many Different Concepts; a group with some local fame and notoriety as lyrical heavyweights in their own right. J-WARD, determined to speak his mind about the current political climate and take the stage once again teamed up with guitarist Josh Stirling, who had a recent falling out with his previous band NMTA. Josh made a call and decided to start a new project with drummer Clinton Miguel. The two briefly played together in NMTA and side projects in the local music scene. It wasn't long before they had a few ideas and Clint suggested to Josh that he bring in J-WARD to fulfill vocal duties. As a local producer with ties to the hip hop scene, Josh was hesitant because he was unsure J-ward would be intrested but would ask the next time we had a session. Josh recalls, "I asked J-WARD if he would help me get this project off the ground and give it a try. With a little hesitation, he said it's not something he's used to but he agreed to meet for a jam session and try it out." However the band would not be complete without the bass, so Clinton suggests a friend, Colin Kyger, a local bass player and music major that was playing in theater as well as local bands around the area. Clint asked Colin if he wanted to play originals and start a new band; never having been one to turn down an opportunity, Colin was on board right away. As the catalyst was set in motion we made plans to meet. We got together, we jammed and a few hours later we all decided it was a good idea to pursue the project. We were all in total agreement, we all liked what we were hearing, it all just clicked and ROOT MIND was born Debut EP summer 2021!!!!
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