Take the time & get to know Justin Forsyth!

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As a child, I grew up in Canada surrounded by Country and Motown. Whilst dad was blasting Travis Tritt, Mom had The Supremes flowing through the living room of my childhood home. From distant, but vivid memories of my first Monkees cassette tape, I have always loved music. 

 

In 6th grade, I made an executive decision that would change everything when it came to where music would lead me to this day. After begging my Mom for a $75 deposit for a Saxophone to join my school’s music class, I discovered my friend was selling his electric guitar for the same amount. Though I had a serious relationship with all things jazz at the time, I made the impulsive choice. 

Needless to say, my mom wasn’t all that pleased. After the battle, the hand-me-down electric guitar remained in my possession. Looking back, it wasn’t the best, but it was my gateway to endless possibilities and allowed future dreams to be fulfilled. 

 

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They say you always remember your first and I have fond memories of all my musical firsts. First store bought cassette with my own money? 311’s ‘Blue Album’. First real young adult cassette with my own money? Duran Duran’s ‘Wedding Album’. First cassette that blew my mind? Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ ‘One Hot Minute’.

When I really get down to the bottom of what drives me, what makes me tick, what moves me – it has to be music. I don’t really care what genre it is, I don’t really care for titles at all. I just care that it does something to me. Music has always been a part of my life, and I have always loved the thrill of creating original music. I’ve created music in some way, shape or form since I was 21. I started my first band Shade of Blue in 2004. I began as the bass player and finished as the band’s frontman.

I left Shade of Blue for Plusminus X in late 2004 where I truly honed in on my vocal abilities and grew more confidence in my talent. During this time I met lifelong friends and gained expertise in music production and performance. We would eventually put out two records with industry interest before separating in 2006. After later projects and less pressure, I found my own style. After a few more chances at “success” didn’t pan out, I took the leap to Australia.

 

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I’m 35 years old now and have been living in Melbourne since 2013. I got a one-way ticket to the world’s most liveable city, and since then, I’ve fallen in love with Melbourne.

I left behind all my friends, bandmates, contacts and equipment. I didn’t have the gear to do it alone and putting a new band together takes an unbelievable amount of time and dedication. When everything got pushed onto the back burner, it gave me the opportunity to experience and understand the Melbourne music scene. 

 

I was expecting a grunge rock vibe, but was shocked when I met with the dominant electronic scene instead, a genre I tended to avoid. But little by little, I found the Melbourne sound creeping in on me. I went from “that’s not real music” to “How did they make those sounds??!”.  I began to really get it. 

Three years after I arrived down under, I gained enough confidence and equipment to begin my very own solo record that I worked on in my spare time. After 22 months, I had a 10 track, 45 minute record I could call my own. The record was heavily guitar and vocal driven with an anti-industry flair with it’s raw, human and lo-fi nature. The album was titled ‘Master of None’ and is one of the most coveted achievements in my life thus far.

After the release of ‘Master of None,’ I dug myself into the EDM world and worked to understand the chemistry behind beats and EDM design. As my collection of musical knowledge and gear grew, so did my style. I am now excited to announce I’m working on my second solo record titled ‘Oddity’ that is electronic driven. 

 

On any morning off, you can bet that I will be attached to a cup of black coffee with the sounds of 1950s jazz pouring out of my apartment. I am at my happiest when I am alone with a day filled with creativity. Aside from my music, I have passions invested in photography, drawing and painting. This has led me to have amassed a collection of strange, one-off creations that may never see the light of day. There is an immense satisfaction in creating something new and original – that even if no one else but me likes it – it doesn’t matter because that’s what its all about.

 

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