Q&A with Justin Nozuka
Ahead of his headline show at London’s Bush Hall on 9th June, we caught up with rising Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka.
You’ve been writing music since you were 12 years old, how would you describe your growth in songwriting and your sound?
I suppose subject matter and my songwriting approach has changed since I was younger. Now when I write songs I think about them more intently and how they will go over in a live setting as well as how the recording sounds/feels. I think about living with them more than I did in the past. These days I’m more interested in the uplifting and comforting aspects of music.
You will be playing in London at Bush Hall on 9th June, are you excited to be coming to the UK?
The UK is actually where I signed my first deal with a label called Relentless in 2006. I did my first proper tour here, had my first tour manager, and had my first beer here. I’m always glad to be playing the UK when there’s the opportunity.
You released your new album Ulysees last year, how does this album differ from your previous ones?
Ulysees is a departure from my previous works. It’s the first time I’ve been conscious of maintaining an aesthetic throughout as well as the first time I’ve produced my own music. It is much more spacious than anything else I’ve done and I don’t think I ever imagined creating something like it.
I read that your brother is in music too, do you come from a musical background?
I have a few brothers who write music. My father grew up dreaming to be an opera singer and my mother writes and plays songs as a hobby. As far as I know, that’s the extent of it.
Have you got a favourite track to perform?
I enjoy playing a song called September Grass these days. Discovered this song on a more recent James Taylor album.
What was it like supporting the likes of Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige?
Stevie Wonder was the equivalent of how it would feel to score a goal at the Stanley Cup finals. It was truly a surreal experience.
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve been given and from who?
A dear friend gave me the advice that if something’s not clear, it’s probably a good idea to take time away from it.
What’s the most exciting thing you are looking forward to this year?
I’m excited to be in Europe this month and looking forward to playing Squamish in Vancouver.
Have you got any messages for your fans?
Thank you for your support and I hope to see you soon.
Tickets for the show are on sale now and available at HERE
For more info visit www.justinnozuka.com