Just – Deep Cycles (Q&A)

Deep Cycles is beautiful and melancholic.

Music that makes the leaves turn red.

Just debuts with eight very personal songs and a sound that has been compared to that of David Sylvian, Power Of Dreams, Tears For Fears, The Sound, Simple Minds, Red House Painters, and Talk Talk.

As an artist, you choose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?

It is very uncomfortable. But I have learned that that’s a good thing. It’s like a compass. When I’m starting to feel nervous and uncomfortable, it means I’m onto something meaningful and true. Something I would preferably keep to myself because it’s embarrassing or painful. But the whole reason why I make music is to confess my insecurities to you as a listener. Honesty is the only thing I’m interested in. And that has to start by me being honest first.

You can pick 3 co-writers to write new songs with. Who? … and Why?

Mark Hollis
Ben Howard
Shawn Colvin

These three songwriters would challenge me to cut away all the unnecessary bells and whistles and get to the core of what I’m trying to say. It would be brutal and terrifying, but I would totally subject myself to their regime because they are totally transparent and honest about their own flaws as humans.

Suppose you were to introduce your music to new listeners through three songs. Which songs would those be and why?

Desperate Play
Eye Of The Storm
Dark Days

These three songs tell the tale of my experience with anxiety.

Desperate Play is a dialogue between me and my inner demon, who is always trying to scare me into thinking something really bad will happen.

Eye of The Storm is my bumpy journey from the dark to the light. From being pretty depressed to finding a new way of dealing with sadness and loss. With all the setbacks that came with it.

Dark Days is me confessing that I used to be somebody who pushed away all the bad experiences and acted as if nothing was wrong. Every day needed a silver lining. Now I’ve learned that you have to sit with your fears, doubts, and sadness. To let them run through you. Only then will they eventually subside.

What compliment you once received will you never forget?

That my music comforts people.

The record is done, the music is out.  Is the best fun done now, or is it just beginning?

It’s is just the beginning. I’ve found my voice. I love to connect with people that look at the world in the same way as I do. It took 50 years to get me started; I’m not stopping now 🙂

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