Producer, Songwriter and Performer.
Justine Blazer is blazing a new trail for women in Nashville and beyond...
How did you get started in the industry?
I got started in the industry pretty young. My mom was a professional dancer, model and owned her own dance studio. As a young child, she put me in dance lessons, voice lessons, modeling lessons and I did theater. I started recording when I was 13. I fell in love with the recording, the studio and being an artist. After high school I moved to New York to pursue my music, then Nashville and it took off from there. It's been majority of my life working in the industry and I still love it.
What motivates you?
What motivates me is to continue to set goals and achieve them. I am also always involved in new projects with clients and productions, it keeps me from getting bored. Also I am very cautious of my circle. I try to only hang around people that are go getters, top achievers and also doing amazing work in the industry. I do not do well with negative people with small mindsets. Just people winning at life.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
I have so many inspirations. For production, Linda Perry, Sylvia Massey, Billy Decker, Machine, Chris Lord-Alge and many more. For songwriting, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Diane Warren and more. As a singer, I have so many inspirations from Reba to Judy Garland to Mariah Carey to Alanis Morrisette.
What do you love most about making music?
What I love most about making music is continuing to reinvent the wheel. Being bold, being fearless, being different. I have always been kind of a lone wolf but still very social, if that makes sense. I try to do my own thing and not follow what everybody else is doing. I experiment with different sounds, stories, production effects and vocal techniques. I don't like to do the same old, same old. I get bored very easily, so I'm always trying to push myself further because it's fun.
Your greatest achievement so far?
I feel my greatest achievement is being able to sustain a lifetime career in the music business working full time. I have never worked a so called "9 to 5" job. I been able to provide a great living for myself as a professional songwriter, vocalist, entertainer, producer and mixing engineer. I like to always continue to learn new things and improve my skills the best I can. Also I love helping other people, especially young talent in the business. I think there needs to be more role models in this business versus the snakes that tend to lurk throughout the industry. I try to be positive, inspirational and motivational to the people I work with.
Any challenges along the way?
Challenges come with life so I look at it as an opportunity for improvement or a different way of doing something. Challenges could be the fact that I am a music producer in a field that's 98% men. I hope to be a role model to up-and-coming talent to help provide more equality in this industry however, I try not to focus on that and only on things I can control and improve.
What advice would you give someone following in your footsteps?
The advice I would give somebody coming into the industry would be to learn the business aspect is thoroughly as possible. Educate yourself on the way the music industry works. Also create your own sound! Don't try to sound like Taylor Swift or Selena Gomez or Miranda Lambert or Carrie Underwood because there's already those artist. It's great to pull inspiration from others but truly become your own style, sound and brand. Just being a singer or just being a songwriter doesn't do much. You have to create a brand, a sound and a marketability factor to be able to sell. People seem to forget that aspect. Music is a product like anything else. You have to give a reason why somebody wants to buy it and listen to it. Be unique. Be you!
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
I see myself doing the same thing I am doing now just with more accomplishments. Maybe a number one on the Billboard chart as an artist, producer or songwriter. Maybe have some artists I am producing and working with hit it big. Either way I continue to seek happiness and self fulfillment. And never do anything that I don't thoroughly enjoy. Life is too short. 🏻
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