We’re featuring local singer-songwriter, Justin Jones. Making a name for himself in the area and being an artist on 9:30 Records, Justin Jones continues to produce music filled with poetic lyrics channeled through his deep, powerful voice on emotions and struggles on his latest full-length release called Fading Light. We spoke to Justin about inspirations, DC, Fading Light and more.
We are pumped to host Justin Jones and his solo acoustic show at our own Foundation Gallery & Liveroom this Saturday night (12/22) along with Buncearoo.
As someone who started dabbling in music at a young age, what musicians inspired you at the time to become a musician?
My uncle Randy. My mom. My stepdad. Steve Jacobs. Led Zeppelin. Muddy Waters. The Beatles. Rolling Stones. The Supremes. Otis Redding. Ray Charles, all day, every day.
Being a local singer-songwriter, does DC influence you and the music you write?
Sure. It’s definitely shaken a bit of the country out of me. I almost moved to Nashville instead of DC. I often wonder what I’d sound like now if I had?
How has the reception been to your artistry since signing with 9:30 Records?
As far as I know it’s been great.
Could you talk about the creative process of your latest record, Fading Light?
It took a couple years to write the songs, and we played them live for a summer on the road before we tracked them. We went to a studio in rural Virginia, and made a record without compromise. Recording live as much as we could, and filling in what needed to be overdubbed.
You’ve played some great festivals like Austin City Limits and, most recently, Virgin Mobile FreeFest – how were those experiences for you?
They were great. I mean the festival thing is so cool. There’s such a great vibe. I think it’s due to the origin of the festival thing. Its just everyone having a great time and trying to help everyone else enjoy themselves.
What would be your dream festival to play?
I’d love to headline any of the big ones. I’d love to play midnight Saturday at Coachella. I love the desert.
If anyone could play you in a movie about your life, who would it be?
Hopefully some unknown guy that would become huge because of his performance in the film.
Who are your guilty pleasure artists at the moment?
I don’t really have any. I have no shame, haha. If its good, it’s good. I don’t care who sings it.
What should your fans expect from you in the upcoming year?
Touring, an EP, touring, maybe another EP….and some more touring.
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