“The best advice I could give would definitely be to expose yourself to every genre of music … If you refuse to do so and limit yourself to a certain genre you may be missing out on your true calling.”
Check out the interview with Justin Kelly exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Justin Kelly: When I was seven years old I started taking guitar lessons with my guitar instructor Mark in Massachusetts. He noticed I had a voice and put me onto some of the greatest bands I’ve ever heard. Hearing these artists and all of the different creative edges that they brought to the table really inspired me and showed me what it means to be an artist in the music industry and how to properly present yourself as an individual.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
The best advice I could give would definitely be to expose yourself to every genre of music and don’t ever give up on learning who you are as a person and as an artist. If you refuse to do so and limit yourself to a certain genre you may be missing out on your true calling. Always stay humble and continue to strive for the best that you can achieve.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Definitely the hardest challenge would be time management. Whether it’s interviews with different blogs and music sites or spending time in the studio working on your next hit song and album, and trying to balance that with spending time with friends and family. It can take a lot out of you.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Social media is hands down the most effective tool for marketing and promoting yourself as an artist and the music that you make. An artist who’s not on social media is shooting themselves in the foot. Just about every person in this generation has an account and once you understand the power that social media has you can wield it to your advantage.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I grew up on Cape Cod and I was born in New York. I can definitely say that the music scene where I’m from has always been strong and influential for every artist that’s a part of it. If you have a product in your music that’s worth listening to and investing in then people will always find a way to help you out and support you.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself continuing my sophomore album and potentially signing with a label. I have had offers in the past but for me it’s always been more about the music and presenting myself the way I want to as opposed to the fame and fortune. If the right label does come along I’d definitely consider signing with them.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
Like I said I listen to a lot of old-school rock and a lot of soul music. For me I would definitely say that modern-day r&b is my inspiration as well as some of the older school cats like Boyz II Men, Seal, R Kelly, and so on. John legend and his first major album in 2004 definitely made a huge impact on the current music that I do.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
You know I really think it’s a 50-50. Some of the modern day hip hop glorifies things that I don’t necessarily agree with but some of it is also powerful and inspirational. I definitely have a lot of respect for Drake and his ability to create hit after hit with lyrics that hit you and inspire you and help you understand what life’s like for some people.
Where can we contact you and find you online?
I have my first EP and album Younger Than I Was available for download on iTunes.
Vine: @justin kelly