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Daily Inspiration: Meet Justin Elliott

Hi Justin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always had a love for music, growing up, I have just found different ways of expressing it. My uncle was a DJ on the weekends growing up, so I think that is where my love of it comes from. I was little helping him carry crates and set up turntables and I think, planted a seed. Fast forward to a time in life where I didn’t know what I wanted to do, it was my friend Chris “DJ Genesis” that told me to tag along with him to some events. It was free drinks and free food most of the time I just had to help him set up equipment. From there I would start to play the early parts of the events before people started to reach. I knew the concept and have a very vast and eclectic music knowledge so it was easy for me to think about what songs would sound good together. I started to take it seriously and would practice sets and look for new music daily.

My 25th birthday was coming up and I decided that I wanted to surprise my friends and DJ at my own party. I had been doing events in South Florida for years and people knew me as a promoter but no one knew the DJ side was in the works. From that night, I would start to play at my own events and build a following of people that liked how I played. Whenever I venture into a new field, I look at who is at the top and what they are doing. At the top of the DJ, world are the DJ/Producers. So that is why I decided to get into production. By making remixes, edits, and original music, I have been able to create a unique sound for myself and differentiate myself from other deejays.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The road was not smooth so I figured if I was going to have a bumpy ride might as well create my own path. One of the struggles in making the transition into deejaying is that people didn’t take me seriously. Some of my friends made jokes and promoters didn’t want to give me a shot so I had to create my own opportunities. I started my event Good Vibes Only back in 2015 as a way for me to practice playing in front of a crowd. It was a free event that I started at my friend’s shop in the design district, From there, we moved to weekly in Wynwood and became a South Florida staple. In struggles, there are always opportunities, it really depends on how you look at it.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a DJ/Producer now more focused on the production side of things. My music is a blend of Caribbean, African, and popular music. I draw from my experiences and try to find new ways of blending sounds. This year has been my best year so far with releases, I have two songs with over 1 million streams, which I’m very proud of. It is a mind-blowing experience when you get in the car from the airport in another country and hear your song playing on the radio. What I am known for and what sets me apart from others is my sound. I try to find ways to bring familiar sounds together that people wouldn’t expect and I also try to introduce new sounds in ways that are easy for the listener to vibe with.

What matters most to you? Why?
What matters most to me is my son. After he was born, it put me into overdrive. Building a legacy for him is important to me. I want him to be proud of his dad and have an example that he can do anything that he puts his mind to.

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