Justin Fancy - Music Interview
Justin Fancy has spent over a decade playing music on the vibrant and competitive George street bar scene in the heart of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Hailing from Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, Canada, Fancy has become an 'artist to watch' in the country music scene.
His first two singles, "Long Time Comin’ and "Think About You" have been released in advance of his full-length anticipated album which is scheduled for 2020. "Long Time Comin" has already been picked up by more than 30 country radio stations nationwide, and the single "Think About You" promises to be equally successful.
What got you into music?
My extended family were musically inclined and really introduced me to a lot of older country and western music when I was young. My Dad bought me my first guitar when I turned 13, and the rest is history.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
Performing was definitely #1 and still is high up there due to the fact I've been playing live music for over 12 years now, but as I'm getting into the recording process more I am developing a liking to the process. Writing the song is the easiest part for me, and it doesn't really seem like I have to work really hard at that part, but actually going into the studio to record a song is a great feeling, and even greater feeling when you get the first mix back!
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
It's a high for me. Knowing that you're going in to record your own music is a definite high. I like to have a say in how I want the music to sound as well, sort of a co-producing role, and my producer works very well with what we both want in the end and I think that is highly beneficial - the fact that you have people around you who believe in the music and value my opinions. It's a great feeling and as mentioned, an even greater feeling when it all comes together.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?
The #1 obstacle for me is the fact that I still have to maintain a living and a life to support my family. I still work a 9-5, and music happens in the night for me, so it's hard sometimes. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, believe it or not it's a little easier for me to become more exposed to writing some new songs, being able to pick up my guitar when i'm working away (sshhh), where as normally I would never pick up my guitar at home after a long days work.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
The true professionals that are out there doing some unbelievable work in the Canadian Country Music industry. I have researched methodologies around getting my music where it needs to go, everywhere from streaming avenues online to radio trackers who spread the word across the country. It has been a treat meeting these very talented individuals throughout the process. The other side of it is the live scene and seeing people's reactions to your music is certainly satisfying as well.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
It's unreleased and will be on the album. It's called "Stop Loving You". It's all about the struggles of trying to get over someone and finally driving yourself to stop loving that person and moving on with your life. You just keep praying that you're going to get over that feeling of emptiness in your stomach until you eventually move on.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Yes, currently tracking some new music that will go on my debut album. We are actually recording everything remotely at different places to support social distancing, so that's really cool. We are finding it very collaborative and it's working. We did the first two songs on the record over the internet, so that was really cool.
Tell us where fans can access your music?