Five & Five-Justin Carder
By now you probably already know that EMURG is dedicated to exposing music fans to new, emerging artists. In our efforts to bring listeners new music, we stumble across relatively unknown/dedicated artists that we believe deserve more credit than what they receive. Justin Carder is one of those artists that we think deserves that recognition and respect as a hardworking musician. He’s just not another musician in the crowd, but an artist that sweats and bleeds the music that he believes in. PART I KC: What artist/bands/songs/albums influenced you? JC: I have always been a huge Beatles fan. They are and will always be my number one. In my opinion, they’re the greatest songwriting band of all time. The way that they crossed genres and blended styles will most likely never be replicated. As a teenager growing up in the 90’s, I loved the grunge scene (Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Nirvana) but I was also attracted to the melodies of 90’s R&B artists like Mint Condition, Tevin Campbell, and Prince. I’m a big believer in listening to and studying all types of music. It will inevitably expand your skill as a writer and musician. KC: What are you currently listening to right now? JC: I’ve been listening to a lot of Justin Carder as we are working on new material, mixing, and remixing. Other than that, I really dig Sinclarity from York, PA and Badwolf from Orlando, FL. I’m friends with the guys in each band and I’m really impressed with their songwriting and both singers have killer range. I listen to a lot of different music when I’m running or working out. You’ll find everything from U2, The Beatles, and Tom Petty to John Legend, Kenna, and Robin Thicke on my Ipod (and everything in between). KC: What has been your favorite show/performance so far in your career as a musician? JC: That’s a tough one because I’ve had the opportunity to play some amazing shows throughout my musical journey. I did SXSW in 2008 and many of the shows on the run were a blast! I had the chance to perform with The Cult many years ago and that was a stellar show as well. There are too many good ones to name. KC: What made you decide to become a musician/singer/song writer? JC: Both my parents are musicians so I think it was in my DNA. I was predestined to be a musician. I grew up in a house full of instruments and I was drawn to them at an early age. My parents more than supported me in my aspirations to be a musician/songwriter. They pushed me to continually grow, learn, and get better. Good music has always moved me and I had an ear for melodies as early as age four. I kind of always knew it’s what I wanted to do. KC: If you want people to remember one song form you it would be? JC: I can only speak for what I’ve written and released, but I’d have to say, “So Easy”. The melodies are unique and memorable. It’s a feel good rock song with lyrics that almost anyone can related to in someway. Everyone has their dream world but most of them have to get up and go to work Monday through Friday. It’s a song about living in your dream world and how life would be “So Easy” if you could. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZczC9em73rQ&feature=plcp PART II KC: You are a relatively new face in the world of music. Do you mind giving our viewers a detailed look with about who you are and how you’ve become the musician that you are today? JC: Although Justin Carder the solo artist is fairly new to the game, I’ve been a touring musician since I was sixteen years old. As a child, I excelled on the drum kit. It was my first passion as a musician. I toured as the drummer and singer for several bands throughout the years and have done quite a bit of studio work for hire. I wrote my first complete song when I was twelve and started my first band when I was fourteen. I’ve played in nearly every major city in America and have written songs for almost every band that I played for. I spent 2007 playing alongside members of Evanescence and Future Leaders of the World, and in 2008 I drummed for a Dallas based band called, The Feds. My songwriting was always developing and my passion leaned more toward the pop/rock genre, so in June 2008, I moved to Las Vegas to pursue a solo career. That’s when I linked up with James “Bonzai” Caruso, five time Grammy winning producer/engineer who’d moved to Vegas from NYC the same year I did. KC: It seems that you are an extremely talented musician with an amazing gift to not only sing and play multiple instruments, but writing well rounded songs. Tell us, what goes through your mind when writing a song? JC: First of all, thank you. When I write, I always try to draw on a past experience or write about something I’ve seen or read. I try to write songs that are relatable to a broad audience. I want people to understand what I’m saying but I try my best to color my words in an attractive manner. I almost always write music first. If the music is right, the words and melodies usually come spilling out quickly. In my experience, the best songs are written in the shortest amount of time. KC: For your debut, you worked with producer/mixer/engineer James “Bonzai” Caruso who has worked with such big names as Madonna, Nas, Alicia Keys, and David Bowie. What was the experience like workin with him and how did he help you develop as an artist? JC: Bonzai has become one of my closest friends here in Las Vegas. We both moved out here around the same time, both of us not knowing many people here but leaving our homes to pursue bigger and better opportunities. We definitely related to one another on that level and by the time we started writing and recording together, we both knew it was going to be a good fit. Bonzai is extremely talented and is one of the best in his field (as proven by his five Grammys). He captures me at my best. It’s been a pleasure writing and recording with him. KC: What do you want newcomers to know about you and your music? Most importantly, what makes you differ from the ever-growing population of new artists that emerge in the music industry? JC: I want people to know that I’m just a regular guy, a southern boy from Little Rock, Arkansas with a passion for creating music and performing it. In my opinion, there’s no greater reward for the hard work that goes into writing and recording music than performing it for the people that support me. I think what separates me from the pack is that I’m not trying to write what’s trendy. I write with heart and soul, and I think my music is appealing to all walks of life. I want to write music that’s timeless. So many artists are here today, gone tomorrow. I hope that when I get my shot, I can stick around for a while. KC: You recently announced that you have a fourth single that’s due out in January. What is the new name of the single? What are your plans for 2013? Can fans expect a full album from you? JC: I’ll be releasing a single called, “Waiting For You”, in late January or early February. I’m extremely proud of this song and it will show a different side of me as a writer and vocalist. I really think people are going to fall in love with this track. I’m putting together a backing band to start playing regionally in 2013 and hope to develop a bigger following and continue writing and releasing great music. As far as an album goes, we’ll have to see. It’s definitely a singles market out there but I’m hoping we’ll have enough material by the end of the year to release a full length album! This young and talented artist has much to be proud of with his career as an artist, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for Justin. It was a pleasure to speak with such a talented artist and EMURG looks forward to seeing this artist’s reputation grow a successful presence in the world of music. If you want to find out more about Justin Carder, be sure to check out our review and his music at http://emurg.com/review/justin-carder/ .