Artist Interview: Justin 3
Tell us about yourself and your music
I am a musician and actor, I have been writing and composing music sine I was 15. It is only thing I do in my life. I can’t separate which I like more, acting or making music, both of these professions are equally important to me, I am acting in musicals, that is the place where I feel really great and I can combine two skills I do the best in life. Being an artist in small country such as Lithuania is not very easy. Well, nowadays I believe, no matter where You are, it’s not easy. There were days when I had nothing to eat and now I have my own studio. I have met lots of interesting people, with lots of interesting experiences and stories, some of those I put into my songs
Talk to us more about your latest release
I am recording an album, it’s called Illusion. I am collaborating with such a wonderful writer Hayley Timmons and we have lots of interesting songs prepared for You. Some of those are yet to be recorded. This album will be about everything we come across in life. Some of those things are uplifting, some sad, even heartbreaking ,we already have a song about cancer, because I lost some close people because of this illness, and I think it’s a modern day plague. Also we have songs about love, because nobody ever avoided this feeling and some of our songs tells a story that you shouldn’t even try to avoid it ?
What inspired you to write this release?
Well, basically what every musician is inspired by. Life, love, hate. This album will combine every emotion, music is always about the same things, just from different angles, points of views. That is why it is so magical, You can sing about the same love in ten billion different ways, and everyone will find something close to their hearts.
Any plans to hit the road?
Our 2017 will start in Riga on February 9th and from there our plans are from Lithuania to Germany ? dates are still to be confirmed
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I am not sure actually, there are a lot of so called “Gurus” who always preach how one or other thing should be done, but at first and most importantly there is good music, You must make good quality music, you must know what Your music is about, than there is marketing, Photos, Videos and etc. And when you have a good product, you put it in front of those people who actually listen to that genre of music. And there is lots of ways to do that, internet, radio, Television.
Who have you been listening to lately?
Bryan Adams, John Mayer, The Train, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith. I like melodies they make, the sound they produce and different techniques they use to produce that sound.
Tell us about your passions
Actually art is the thing I do for living, in my free time and I dream about it. I love filmmaking and acting, that is my passion, that is why I love making music videos. I am planning to release my self directed short movie.
What else is happening next in your world?
Well, there is political circus, terrorists, prices keep rising, salaries keeps going down. Some kind of a mess. But in these times, director Georg Malvius once told me in musical “Rent” production, in these times art is the most important thing, because it makes people live. And I think that is kind of truth. Of course, you should have something to eat, but art actually makes us who we are and that is also a very important part in our existence.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Justinas!