Following the deep and moody, “Stuck Inside My Head,” Justin Jay is back with his new single, “Time.” Time features Benny Bridges on guitar, Henry Was on drums and Justin’s own singing/songwriting.
Justin had an enormous 2016 with the release of his collaborative album, the start of a credible underground imprint and a run of legendary house parties, all under the name Fantastic Voyage. Justin and his Fantastic Voyage Crew — a collection of childhood friends from his high school & college days — then continued to bring the good times across the country with their raw, infectious live show. Highlights include high-profile music festivals such as HARD SUMMER, DIRTYBIRD Campout, and Splash House.
‘Time’ is the perfect follow up to ‘Stuck Inside My Head’, showing the continuation of Justin’s journey as an artist. He once again flexes his singer/songwriter muscles but goes on to defy the mold of a house/techno producer by channeling a slew of unlikely influences. The live drums, intricate guitar recordings and savvy chord modulations blur the lines of House, Funk, and Psychedelic/Alt Rock. You can catch glimpses of inspiration from bands like LCD Soundsystem, Pink Floyd, and the Strokes to name a few.
The single highlights Justin’s effort to step outside of his wheel house while presenting listeners with everything we know and love about his music: funky beats and bass lines, creative sound design and production, and catchy, self-recorded vocals.
“Time” drops on Fantastic Voyage, the label that Justin and his friends created around their musical community at USC. the label has released music from talents such as multi-instrumentalist Sam Von Horn, DIRTYBIRD’s own Ardalan, and Desert Hearts signee Fritz Carlton. With Fantastic Voyage, JJ and his crew push musical boundaries by fusing House and Techno with live, singer/songwriter-oriented music, all while bringing smiles and good times to the dance floor.
Justin Jay on “Time”:
“When I was in 8th grade, I dropped by a music class to find some friends playing a cover of Reptillia by the Strokes. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and really wanted to join in but felt like I had nothing to bring to the table. I grew up playing classical piano and didn’t feel like a Mozart Sonata had a place in their rock band. In a way, that belief lead me to start making electronic music on the computer.
“Time” is a deep intersection between my love for making beats/sounds and my exploration of live music, jamming with my homies. So many parts of the song came about while Benny Bridges, Henry Was and I were hanging out, messing around, just having fun. When my bandmates and I get to perform “Time” live, I feel my inner-8th Grader realizing those childhood ambitions and it makes me really happy.”