INTERVIEW: Justine Dorsey
By Cyrus Rhodes
I like everything about Justine Dorsey. She's truly an infectious artist that possess a "Gold Standard" look, sound, appeal, talent, vocal passion and presence. She's also is a very impressive talent for her age. The music is warm, extremely marketable, uplifting and very passionate. The pin drop moments are amazing, and her falsetto is to die for. The songwriting is an interesting snapshot of music from a clairvoyant artist that has quite a lot to offer.All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely likeable very much like the artist herself.
IMD What do you want fans to take from your music?
JD What I love about music is that listeners take away something unique to them. What one person gets out of a song may be something completely different for another. I donít want to predetermine what I think my fans should take away, because I feel like that would rob them of what is to me, one of the most beautiful experiences a person could have: listening to a song and feeling utterly connected to it in a way that is unique to your life and your thoughts and feelings. I already know how my songs are significant for me; I want my fans to decide for themselves on how my songs are significant for them.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences?
JD Artists that have inspired me and left a mark on me are Ingrid Michaelson, KT Tunstall, Carole King, and The Beatles.
IMD What was the best concert you have ever been to?
JD Oh lordÖ This one is hard. Okay. Iím going to say Taylor Swiftís Speak Now tour. I saw it at the Staples Center with my best friend, and her dad surprised us with tickets right down in front, in the pit. Not only was the concert just this magnificent fairy-tale, glitter-filled extravaganza, I shared a really special moment with Taylor, whose music I love, and who I feel incredibly grateful toward for all the walls sheís busted down for teen songwriters. And the fact that she was able to make this huge event actually feel really intimate too was such a gift. Best. Night. Ever.
IMD Howís the music business in your neck of the woods? Whatís the best and worst things about being an Independent Artist in your LA?
JD Best thing: Some of the greats are right here in my figurative backyard. People that are the people to get your music in front of are in LA. Itís also become a cultural hub brimming with incredibly talented new artists. Worst thing: Itís brimming with incredibly talented new artists. Itís competitive and hard to get noticed. Being a small fish in a big pond is pretty daunting; but to be honest, Iím just focusing on writing music that is true and good and the best I can do for me. I think itís a creativity killer, to compare yourself to other artists because you are you and they are them and thatís not going to change. Another singer/songwriter I was talking to said this yesterday: ďSuccess is not finite.Ē Iím using it as sort of a mantra for myself as a reminder that there is infinite space for all of us. If the music rings true, and if listeners connect to it, then there will be a space for you. Just keep working hard.
"one of the most beautiful experiences a person could have:
listening to a song and feeling utterly connected to it in a way that is unique
to your life and your thoughts and feelings..."
- Justine Dorsey -
IMD What do you like most about performing live?
JD Performing live is an experience unto itself. Thereís this moment where, if itís the right audience, I feel this connection to every single person listening. And I donít know anything about them. I donít know what kind of day theyíve had, I donít know their history- heck, I most often donít even know their names- but in this one moment, I donít need to. Itís joy. I love it so much. I get chills just thinking about it.
IMD Any touring schedules to support?
JD Not currently, but eventually I want to tour! I love travel, I love performing- itís the perfect combination.
IMD Tell us how you met legendary producer Randy Sharp?
JD Itís a bit long, so Iíll give you an abridged version: I was at Guitar Center. One of the employees there told me he had a friend with a label that was only a few minutes away. I go to the label, and while it wasnít the right fit for me, the owner shows us this really cool in-ear audio monitor system called the Posse, and mentions that his partner is this guy named Randy Sharp. Well, turns out that my dadís brother (who is now deceased, sadly) was best friends with Randyís brother, Steve. So my dad calls Steve, Steve likes my music, and he puts us in touch with Randy, who also likes my music, and now here we are, working together! I have so much respect for him and we work really well together. And, um, heís won four Grammys. Which is sortakindaokaylikereally cool.
IMD Do your remember the first song you ever wrote?
JD Of course! Itís a song called ďEnglish RoseĒ. I was thirteen. My mom had come to me with an article about Taylor Swift around the time of Taylorís first album, and my mom said, ďThis girl is really young and is writing music that people seem to really respond toÖ I think you could do this!Ē So I googled ďhow to write a songĒ, downloaded this pamphlet, and ďEnglish RoseĒ was born. It actually went on to get me nominated for an LA Music Award in ďBest Female Singer/SongwriterĒ, and I was the youngest person to ever have been nominated in that category. Iím nominated again this year for ďUnsaidĒ, so thatís pretty exciting!
IMD Whatís next for Justine Dorsey?
JD Iím always writing, of course, and starting to work on getting more YouTube videos up. Iím working on another song in the studio right now, which Iím very excited about, and Iím also working with a licensing company called Laurel Canon. Iím performing all over SoCal and taking whatever opportunities present themselves! Thanks so much for the interview!! Xoxo
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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