Interview with Singer-Songwriter Jus Brown
How did you come by your stage name?
I initially made the name up for a group. My friend Justin(JP Hustle) and I were working on some songs and came up with the name. His first name Justin and my last name Brown. After we decided to go down different paths, it was just me. I started doing my own back round voices, so the name stuck.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I was always into music as a kid. I could dance and perform since I can remember. My mom’s side of the family had the music sickness. Growing up with an electric organ and a piano in my grandmothers living room is where I feel in love with making songs up.
In 1994, I went to the studio with my friend Rob G from Vallejo California. As Rob and Johnny Z( producer), was working on a song, they needed some background voices. Rob gave me the headphones and I was hooked for life.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I would get me since of style from my grandfather and my dad first. Next would be the sounds of the Philadelphia music vibe and the soulful sounds of the south. Combine all of that with the laid back intellectual vibe of the Bay Area and you would get Jus Brown.
On your upcoming project, how did you come up with the concept?
I am working on the final version of a song called” Your Business” It’s a song based on the simple principles of minding your business, focus on the thing that you can control and seek peace in your life.
The song that I just released called” Wake Up Call”, is about a man having a dream that he has to put on hold in order for his family to flourish. He gets a few phone calls to wake him up. These are normally things that I live through. So it’s my form of therapy. It’s great if it helps someone else get through something similar.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenge would be to maintain my lifestyle as a family man and make sure I put in enough time with both music and family. I am writing songs out of a good place in my life. I recognize that I must let the music flow through me. It’s my job to get me out of the way of it.
My greatest attribute is my desire to never quit and work hard for what you love. I can only hope to pass this on to my kids that watch what I do in this life. Always live in your dreams.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I’m not the best singer-songwriter in the world yet. I have so many things to learn. That is the beauty of it. I plan on learning something new for the rest of my life. To be the best you must have mastered your craft. I’m already on the path and I’m halfway home. I do know that I have a talent that I have been given to share with others. I’m blessed to be an instrument.
What are your plans for the near future?
I am working on a movie soundtrack with my guy and mega-producer Rick Rivera of Jajuni Productions in Burbank CA. We are also working on shooting a video for my song “Don’t Hang Up”. I’m also working on a video with my guy Tony Rah of Air’d Out Records in The Bay Area. We too are working on a video called “ Your Business”. Both to be completed in 2019. So stay tuned in!!
How can fans find you?
You can find my music on Pandora, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and I Heart Radio
Discover “What Lovers Do” by Jus Brown on Deezer http://www.deezer.com/album/53641272
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
My message to other artists like myself is to stay true to yourself. Know that you are musical to the heavens. Never give up the dream and always be able to reinvent yourself. Thank God for your talent and keep it rocking!
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