Singer-Songwriter Justin Dzuban will celebrate the release of his impactful new album “Shakedown” with a live performance at Los Angeles’ The Hotel Cafe on June 28th, 2014. Born in Ohio to a deeply musical family, Justin has spent his life studying the craft of songwriting and working towards building expansive musical arrangements that will stand the test of time; no surprise considering influences like Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby. On his newest album, “Shakedown” his goal was to construct a full length album that honed a distinct sound while remaining cohesive in both technique and instrumentation. A “DYI” musician to the full definition, he mixed and produced the album on his own, using unique instruments and gear, and a mono channel recording device that would allow his simplistic recording style to come full circle. However sparse his arrangements are, his songwriting pulls you in with honest and thoughtful stories, creating an experience that each listener can immerse themselves in.
Justin’s authentic sound and emotive qualities make for an intimate performance style that dives deep into human emotion. He’s a songwriter that focuses on the perspective and experience of his own life, injecting honest hopes and fears into each and every track. The tracks on his new album “Shakedown” are the perfect introduction into who Justin is as an artist, and it was an eye-opening experience to have the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about his performance and his new album. Read on for insight into his music and the inspiration behind his songs, then join him for the exciting “Shakedown” release party performance at The Hotel Cafe, this Saturday, June 28th beginning at 11PM.
When: June 28th, 2014 – 11:00PM
Where: The Hotel Cafe – 1623 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets: 21+ https://www.hotelcafe.com/
How old were you when you first began playing music? What inspired you to explore the art form even further?
My parents bought a piano when I was in kindergarten and my first song I learned was “Wipe Out.” I always felt connected to music and I didn’t have to decide anything I just gravitated to it at a young age, playing violin and trumpet throughout elementary and middle school, I let go of playing in a group setting when I realized I was never actually reading the sheet music and I was just memorizing everything I was playing. I moved over to the guitar when I was 13. Music has always been my getaway to the space
of inner peace even at the age of 13.
“Shakedown” is an incredibly eclectic album with a distinct focus on the sound of the instrumentation, what was your goal when going into making this record?
I really wanted to capture the essence of what I have been going through in this stage of my life. As far as writing style goes, I’m just following my interests keeping the flow as natural and allowing ideas to surface without judging where they might go… and for production and mixing, this is a project that is about as minimalistic as it gets for tracking and I wanted to really capture a cohesive sound through the different styles of songwriting that there are.
Tell us a little bit about the journey of recording this album. What were some of the defining moments in the process for you?
I spent a lot of time recording this at night between 1-4am when everyone was asleep for the night and I could really tap into my quiet/ space for focusing. Making this record was a deep almost spiritual experience for me, clearing out the old and bringing in the new emotionally. I didn’t spend too much time in the recording process, I really wanted to be who I am and roll with the takes that felt the best and not focus on how perfect things were. Being yourself is the greatest liberation in our world and we can find that within words, and expression.
I feel this will be a two sided treat. I’ve always wanted to perform there and it seems that this is my perfect entrance there. I really love the venue and it has a great atmosphere to it which is why I am very happy to be booked to perform for my album release show. Also, I will have some special guests joining me from the album including some back up singers and an organ player. We have a really special night planned for all who are attending.
When you perform, what do you hope the audience is taking away from you and your music?
I’m a down to earth person, simple man who is opening up and sharing an authentic perspective of how I make music and how I feel about the experiences of my own life. This music is for the people and hopefully it will influence the masses to realize something about themselves and not just be entertained on a safe, shallow level of appreciation.
What artists do you feel put on an impactful live show? What elements of a great performance leave an impression on you?
I have been to many shows over the years and I do have my favorites. They seem to be more stripped down, without the backing tracks and the plastic shades of colors sprinkled in their sound.