An excerpt from the BILLBOARD interview…

“I wanted to channel that feeling of escaping to a big city like New York or Los Angeles and breaking free from the surroundings that haunt your teenage life, a lot of the friends I made and spent time with as a teenager who got stuck in Santa Cruz turned to black tar heroin. It’s become a serious epidemic and I lost many friends to drug abuse. Some of my best friends found solace and sobriety in support groups others didn’t make it. The song is extremely special to me for that reason, because I battled to break out of my drug ridden community to chase my dreams in New York where I met Corey and Alex and formed Mainland. I always knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Photo (above) by Jabari Jacobs: Mainland – Jordan Topf, Corey Mullee, Alex Pitta