Many outlets allow talented creatives to project their gifts. Visual arts, music, and entertainment are areas where gifted individuals can thrive and shine with their talents. Light Warriors is a musically talented group that takes creativity to the next level with their versatile sound, sharing their singular and unique perspective with the music industry.
Formed in 2016, Light Warriors was initially started as a solo project by Erik Rabasca. By 2019, the group grew into a collective of seven members who believed they could achieve “No More Division” as their singalong urges. Once the group found their rhythm, their music and performances have been compared with musical greats like Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Sublime, and others.
A unique aspect of Light Warriors’ origins is that the group was born from realization, not desire. While other musicians and groups strive to make music from their aspirations, Light Warriors believed that they could shine light through music. The group takes pride in being grounded, being of service to something greater than themselves, and speaking the truth on a range of issues while dreaming big.
As the modern-day is filled with an onslaught of negativity, Light Warriors feel that people need to develop a warrior’s discipline to remain positive. They are rooted in the philosophy that being positive is not just feel-good-only, but a conscious choice to address whatever challenges are presented on a daily basis. They code their DNA to walk in the light and avoid falling into a spiral of negativity.
Light Warriors advocate for their message through their collective frequencies, bringing love into action through a synthesis of sound that blends rock, funk, and reggae with global indie sensibilities. The result is a singular sound that balances between familiar and newness, transmuting energy that invokes uplift from the hopeless and the mundane to instill peace within and a deep connection to our global human family.
Producing music under Erik Rabasca’s record label, Highest Frequency Records, Light Warriors released their debut album titled Survival of Joy the same year they were formed. The band would follow up a year later with Raise The Frequency. Recently, Highest Frequency Records released their third release, Book of One. The latest release brings together a palette of artists from the Diné & Tsétsêhéstâhese Indigenous lineages (Lyla June), Ethiopia (Sydney Salmon), Ghana (Kwadjo Spiri), Jamaica (David Culture), New Haven (Light Warrior Kris Brewer), Bridgeport (Stenny Sten & Light Warrior, Steven Jean Baptiste), and Brooklyn, New York (Mistaish & Shane Digital).
An entirely unique innovation on the single, Book of One was created organically through volunteerism of each artist, reconstructing each track around the artists’ verses and styles all sharing their meditations on “oneness’ to create a cohesive album’s length single. This is possibly an industry first. Erik Rabasca described the release by saying, “It’s as much audio essays on oneness as it is a unified musical statement from international artists calling for collective solutions. That we’ve created something the music industry has never seen before is some delectable icing.”
Each artist involved in the project gave their service freely, asking nothing in return as they are grounded and egoless. Several of them joined to address serious political and transformation issues in their music, bringing their activism to their works. They believe in the audacious and lofty goal of oneness, going beyond the feel-good-only vibe that they find rootless and unattainable as hardship and growth challenges in life are guaranteed.
Most importantly, the band is raising money for WhyHunger, because Harry Chapin founded the organization that believes “Nutritious food is a human right.” Half of the proceeds from Bandcamp sales will be donated to fight hunger and poverty. And the band is encouraging direct donations to WhyHunger.
The band is hopeful that Light Warriors will gain momentum as a collective and tour, gaining representation where the band members can actually make a quality living from music. The group also looks forward to creating more collectively with a second album later this year and individually, with the band members exploring their solo expressions, sharing their works globally. Light Warriors also foresee continued service to WhyHunger and other causes and organizations they care about.
Learn more about Light Warriors by visiting their official website. They share their music on Spotify, Soundcloud and elsewhere. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where they share updates on their latest perspectives and releases.