When we call an artist a Dwyer Climber around here, we mean they’re making moves…and no one may epitomize this moniker more absolutely than country rocker, and our latest feature, Mr. Justin Fabus. Just review his timeline, and the leaps he’s made since 2013 when he dropped his debut EP, Save Me. In 2014, Fabus stayed hot with his critically acclaimed single, “Kiss of a Gypsy”, garnering chart time and air time, steamrolling him to his first full-length album, a self-titled collection that was released in 2015. Now we’re here in 2017, the year the CMA officially named Fabus one of their “Emerging Artists”, and the year you checked out his latest single, “I Hope She’ll Think of Me”.
One listen to this summer time tune and we just had to ask Justin for the details – he told us, “It’s definitely different from anything I’ve ever written and recorded before. It’s one of those wind the windows down and turn it up to 11 songs. I think everyone can relate to what it’s about. The writing process came very easy for the song. I had the melody in my head for a few days. Once I sat down to write the words to it, I had rough demo of it later that night.” Click to https://www.justinfabus.com
XXQs: Justin Fabus
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Justin Fabus (JF): The best way I can describe it is what you see is what you get. From the start, I’ve always strived on never emulating another artist’s sound. I always wanted to have my own. I believe that’s what makes you stand out from all the others. It took me years to find it but I never wanted people to say “wow he sounds like…”
PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
JF: I got the best music education I could ever ask for growing up from my family. My Grandparents introduced me to artists like Frank Sinatra, Louie Armstrong, Patsy Cline and Billy Ray Cyrus. My mother turned me on to artists like Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. My first concert was Billy Joel’s River of Dreams Tour at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh when I was 7.
PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?
JF: It was hard, and to be honest it’s still hard. The business changes every day and you have to be able to roll with those changes. When you start out you are trying to make a name for yourself and get established. At the same time once you gain a little momentum and build a resume, you then have to work even harder to outdo that and stay relevant. My first show was an acoustic show to maybe two people. My mom and the bartender.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Justin Fabus show?
JF: Its nonstop from start to finish. My band and I take great pride in our live shows. I want each and every person at my shows to leave exhausted because they didn’t stop dancing or drinking until we played that last song. If you’re choosing to spend your night at my show, and spending your hard earned money to come, I make it my responsibility to give you a night you will never forget.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?
JF: First thing that comes to mind is that no matter what, I have to find a way to connect with each and every person in that room. Whether it’s the first row or all the way in the back I have to make it possible for them to feel the band and I.
PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?
JF: The energy and being able to get lost in that moment. The band and I feed off of the fans and they feed off of us. Before I know it, its hours later and we are all still going.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?
JF: To be true, to write and perform songs that everyone has lived.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
JF: I think about it every day. The support, the sacrifices. Love lost and love gained. It’s what drives me.
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
JF: I’m a neat freak.
PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?
JF: It’s very frustrating for me when I hit that wall. I feel like I could go insane because writing for me is therapy. When I can’t, I start climbing the walls. To get over it, most of the time I have to wait it out. I can’t write under pressure or knowing that I have to write. I feel the songs, I never sit down and say “Well, today I am going to write a song.”
JF: It has changed completely. Anyone can put out music within minutes, and be discovered in seconds. Social media is king.
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, the single “I Hope She’ll Think of Me”? What was the writing process like for this work?
JF: It’s definitely different from anything I’ve ever written and recorded before. It’s one of those wind the windows down and turn it up to 11 songs. I think everyone can relate to what it’s about. The writing process came very easy for the song. I had the melody in my head for a few days. Once I sat down to write the words to it, I had rough demo of it later that night.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
JF: The band and I haven’t hit Florida or California yet, so we are hoping to soon.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
JF: When it comes to friends, I’ve lost more than I’ve gained. When you’re focused on a certain goal, and make certain sacrifices for it, you find out who your real friends are pretty quick. I wouldn’t have it any other way though. As to family, they support me more and more every day. I am truly blessed in that area.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
JF: I’m usually listening and discovering new music, or going to a concert. I don’t think I could breathe without music, its air to me.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
JF: Present artist, I would have to say Chris Stapleton even though he’s been killing it for so many years. He is finally getting the credit he deserves. When he sings you feel it in your soul. Past artist, hands down would be Billy Joel. He is the reason I became a musician.
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?
JF: There is a young pop artist that goes by IZAR, her voice is unreal.
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?
JF: I would probably be in jail.
PEV: So, what is next for Justin Fabus?
JF: I’m on the All or Nothing tour, and hopefully we will have a new album out by the end of the year.
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