Scott Avid was a professional pianist until he came into contact with the early Detroit techno scene. One exposure converted him permanently from ivory to underground. Avid matured as a composer and producer by collaborating with other Detroit-based artists, cutting multiple records, and developing live acts in the Midwest. Following his move to California in the late 90's, he produced projects as a signed artist with Moonshine Music, Risk Records, and Glasgow Underground. Outside of the studio, Avid supported artist tours as a keyboardist on the Moonshine Over America Tour and at various concert venues such as the House of Blues in Hollywood.
High Spies is the moniker of Scott Avid and Ching-Hwa, a production team comprised of two Detroit natives who later reunited on the west coast, merging their inimitable styles. They have defined themselves with a musically distinct approach to songwriting by creating imaginative beats and rhythms, and mashing contrasting musical influences to form what can only be described as the High Spies sound. Extending beyond the dancefloor, the group scored a handful of dramatic pieces for the HBO Documentary "Looking For Fidel", directed by Academy Award and Oscar winner Oliver Stone.
Stationed in San Francisco, High Spies has emerged on the west coast delivering soulful sounds, rooted in jazz, disco and funk. With a history of consistent ahead-of-the-game productions, the duo continues to bridge the ground between underground beats and hook-laden melodies. Garnering production credits with notable labels and film affiliations such as Geffen, Sony/Epic, Interscope/Island Records, Moonshine, Universal, and Oliver Stone films, High Spies applies their signature style on both the dancefloor and theater sound stage.
Collaborating with LA DJ/Producer David Garcia (IHR, Moonshine), High Spies landed their first 1 Billboard Dance Chart spot with their latin-influenced remix of the UK pop group Sugababes' international hit "Hole In the Head". In the same year, High Spies teamed up with international megaclub bomb-dropper Olav Basoski and debuted the single "Better Days" featuring the captivating voice of D'Layna (Defected, NeoDisco, Transport). Their following release, "Skyz the Limit" featured Latrice Barnett (Defected, Naked, OM Records) who blazed her way onto the dance charts on Jay-J's smash hit "Keep On Rising".
The Spies next upped the ante with their remix of Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me" on Geffen, released in the U.S. and internationally. Sony/Epic later engaged the team to take on a bold club remix of KoRn's new single, "Word Up", a remake of Cameo's 1982 funk classic. Collaborating with Tony Lindsay (Grammy Award winning lead singer of Santana), High Spies cooked up a funkified remake of "Just Got Paid" under the alias Atlantic Soul, co-produced with Alex Romano (Rootz Records).