Saturday 8 August, 2020

Jus D showcases his 'Other side' on new album out now

Bajan singer, songwriter and producer, Jus D is one of the region's dynamic triple threats and he looks set to create and push on regardless of how the current pandemic locks down the soca and Carnival scenes.

Having written and produced songs for numerous soca superstars like Alison Hinds, Statement, Machel Montano, Ricardo Drue, and Shaggy, Jus D has shown that he is a consistent powerhouse on the musical scene over the years.

At current, many artistes are planning their next moves, while others are focused on offering support and optimism via charity and online concerts.

The tectonic shift felt in the music and arts landscape as a result of COVID-19 has not stopped Jus D, real name Antonio Johnson from being able to put out a well-crafted mix of upbeat soca with the hints of bubblegum Afropop rhythms that have invaded the music scene as of recent.

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Loop chatted with Jus D on the eve of the release his new album - Other side.  Loop got the opportunity to sit down with the talented multifaceted entertainer and pick his brain on what it was like to make a record at the time of COVID-19. 

Loop: What has the experience been like making music while under COVID-19 safety protocols?

Jus D: To be transparent, it has been challenging at times, especially with all the changes being made around me and within the project itself. I’ve been forced to find solutions to remain focused on the project. Finding daily inspiration is difficult during the best of times, so imagine being creative during these trying times! But I always wanted to share this project with everyone so I had to figure out a solution, but it was one of the hardest things to do. I took it day by day.

Loop: What challenges have you encountered putting together 'Other side' now?

JD: It was hard trying to finish the project while having to deal with being indoors all the time. Have you ever tried to find inspiration cornered by walls? 

Loop: What inspired the album and why do the album drop at this time?

JD: Life as it is inspired the album. The timing couldn't be more fitting for our community. We still need music. I feel compelled to create and share because I can. I believe that if sharing my talents will help inspire someone else and boost their productivity so that we as a nation can press on, I’m willing to. 

Loop: Has the COVID-19 pandemic shaped how you will approach music-making going into next year with so much uncertainty right now?

JD: Not really, the only thing that has changed is how to present the music solely digitally without the addition of live performances. My team was forced to figure out how to get the attention of the listener, without connecting with them as I do annually on stage. 

Loop: What can your fans expect to experience while listening to this project, in your words?

JD: They can look forward to the 'Other side' of Jus D, a different point of view.

The album launched on May 6. Those looking to get their hands on Jus D's 'Other side' can check it out on all streaming platforms including Spotify.

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