J$TN

Tell us about yourself.

Well, my name is Justin. I’m 19 and from East York, a small borough in Toronto, Canada. I went to school for game programming for a year and decided I wanted to focus more on my music, so I left. I’m quite introverted, which is something I have been working on to get rid of.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

As an artist, I make a lot of music that’s R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, and even Pop if the vibe is right. I try my best to induce an emotion to the listener.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

The genre of my music is what I would call ‘Alternative R&B’, because almost all of my songs have at least one R&B element in them. That’s just the sound I gravitate to the most.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

This song is basically about me confessing to my own faults, while also telling other people to worry about themselves. Pretty contradictory, but that’s just the Gemini way.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

I’d say my biggest problem as a musician right now is the lack of free time I have to write and record. Thankfully, all of my best tracks were done in less than two hours, normally in one session.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

This song was produced by myself, inspired by an old beat I made but threw away. The recording was done less than a week after my first live performance, where I previewed the song to an amazing audience that wanted more.

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

I have been supported by Good Juice Box and featured on Hip Hop Canada at the end of December. Shout out to Sarah Jay. 😊

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

All of my musical experience is pretty much my bedroom studio; I try to learn everything organically through trial and error. When it comes to future goals, I just want stability and balance. There are a few more things on the list, but nothing that matters more than that.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Almost all of the songs I have written document real life scenarios or conversations I have had. Sometimes I speak on these topics metaphorically, but mostly I tackle them head on and just leave out names. I’ve also had a natural inclination to sing since I was a kid, but I only recently took action.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

Honesty. If you can open up and put everything you’ve got into a track, people will know. Think ‘XO Tour Llif3’.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Just do you. This is still something I am constantly working on, however I think I have come a long way from my first songs, sounding exactly like other people. Please, experiment and find your sound…

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

Well I don’t have any awards/accolades yet (See you at the Grammy’s in 2022, 😉 ) but I have release two EP’s since I started making music in late 2016. The first one was released under a different artist name and was honestly terrible. Like, actually trash. But, I needed to do this for myself to prove I could do it. This past November I released what I like to call my debut EP, ‘Pink November’, which I am really proud of.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

There’s not really one way I do things, it depends on everything that’s going on. But almost always, I start with the instrumental, and then I create the vocal melody and lastly put words to it.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

I don’t think there’s anyone I wouldn’t collaborate with. I think I’d enjoy working with almost anyone, just meeting their energy and creating something awesome.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

Instagram: @jstn.ca

Twitter: @SaubleShinobi

YouTube: JSTN TV

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/j%24tn/1276413361

BandCamp

https://jstnszn.bandcamp.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Damn. My happiest day was probably when I released ‘Pink November’, my debut EP. It was the first artistic body of work I was truly proud of, and everyone loved it. As for the saddest day, that was when someone very close to me fell pretty ill. They’re still struggling with their health to this day, which still upsets me quite frequently.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

First things first, pay off any debt my immediate family has. I’d set my mom and dad up in a condo, and stay where I live now. Buy a nice car, and invest in a full on studio. Save the rest/live off of it.

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Tell us about your song.

This song is pretty dope. The first track of mine with a proper bounce to it that I could actually hear at a concert or in a DJ set.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

Well I work full time, as I’m saving up for better equipment and a car. This takes up about ~52 hours a week, including commuting time. Doesn’t leave me too much, but I can be super productive in the morning and late at night. This is when I record & write.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

As much as I hate doing this, top five artists of all time, in my opinion, are: Nas, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, and Michael Jackson. I apologize if I left anyone out.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I plan on collaborating with a whole lot of artists and progressing a lot, musically. I want to be on someone’s legend list one day.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

I think it’s super important and overlooked. There are too many ‘popping’ artists that are rehashes of each other, with very little uniqueness.

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Tell us the major reason you are into music.

I’m into music because it’s the language I understand the most. Melody and groove feel as natural to me as breathing.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

Please don’t kill me for this one; I love old school, and every one should respect the forefathers in any craft, but new school music is way more advanced and has progressed everything that old school created. I got to rock with the new school for this one.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

My most memorable day as an artist was my first live performance. It was truly awe inspiring when I had a crowd of 50+ chanting my lyrics with me. Really heartwarming and motivating.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

I’d try to put a lot more attention on mental health and the support system behind it. This is almost at an epidemic level and is swept under the rug in most politics.

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