The misty weather couldn’t stop folks from leaving their homes to gather in efforts to hear new music from one of today’s most talented singer-songwriters, Justin Love. Down in George’s Basement at The Delancey, fans, artists, and creatives alike mix and mingle among one another preparing to take in Justin's new work. Captured by the notable faces in the crowd, Justin exchanges a few words in the audience before making his way to take center stage.
“There’s a lot you have to sacrifice and do on your own to make it happen...”
It is here that the artist takes a sincere moment to thank everyone for coming out and asks for participation from the crowd. Glasses are raised, the background music is lowered, and people begin to gravitate towards the stage to hear more. After thanking his teammates, Justin is joined on stage by media personnel Boom Boom Knuckles (@boomboomknunckles) where the two sat for a heart-felt Q&A session. Below is a short recap of the conversation.
Boom Boom: "What was something that you accomplished that you were proud of, that made you say, damn, I did that! I made that happen!"
Justin Love: "The grammy writing. “Focus” made a really big impact in my livelihood. Not only my career but definitely my living situation.... I have a mother [and] a little brother to take care of...There’s a lot you have to sacrifice and do on your own in order to just make it happen. I'm definitely proud of how I made it."
“You either feel it or you don’t.”
Boom Boom: "What is your recording process like? How do you know you have one?"
Justin Love: "...You really got to practice your intuition and know something is something... But I make sure every time I go to the studio I'm finishing a song, the whole song..."
What heightened the impact of this exchange is getting to see the man behind the artistry. Regardless of his accolades, Justin Love remains humble, hungry, and admirable. Not many artists have those traits associated with their name. When asked about what he sacrificed along his journey, Justin replied "What you sacrifice is time.You sacrifice the time away from people you really want to spend time with."
No truer words were spoken. Chasing your dream will cost you something and time is the number one thing put on the line to help materialize the your vision. Justin and Boom Boom continue their exchange where a more vulnerable side of this singer is revealed, sharing his deep insight and experiences. As the Q&A section comes to a close, the real show begins.
Justin takes a stand and riffs his way into the hearts of party-goers, as he sings along to songs unfamiliar to the crowd. Justin excites the room with more exclusive listens from his upcoming project. There may be no official release date but be on high alert, new music on the way! In the meantime, listen to “Sober” below.