Justin Brown - Submit To The Big Picture
“We live to learn; to grow.”
Justin Brown is a world-class bi-coastal musician originally from Oakland, California. He has gained a notable reputation as both a bandleader for his project, Nyeusi, as well as a sideman for Thundercat, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Esperanza Spalding among others.
Justin grew up with gospel music, as his mother, Nona is a gospel singer and pianist. Music chose Justin, not the other way around. As he explains in this interview, his mother would feel Justin kicking to the beat as she played her music when she was pregnant with him. He attended Berkeley High School and attended a summer music program for several years. Both he and Ambrose went to the same school and began their friendship there.
Justin eventually would receive a fully paid scholarship to attend the esteemed music school, Juilliard. This lasted for one day. Justin was offered to tour and also felt that for him to grow he had to experience music in the real world instead of being subjected to more traditional methods of education. Essentially, he wanted to form his ideas about music on his terms.
To my knowledge, this is the first-ever podcast episode featuring Justin. He has received a lot of positive press concerning his debut album, Nyeusi, but until now we have not heard him speak on a podcast about his life, career, and artistic process.
You Will Hear About….
- Justin’s early formative years with music.
- Does natural talent exist?
- Justin’s beliefs on giving back.
- The importance of patience.
- The costs involved in getting where he is with his craft.
- Justin’s approach to leading his own band Nyeusi.
- How to maintain control of yourself when we become overloaded with sensation during a performance.
- Justin’s thoughts on improvised music.
- Why we should abandon the security of being a big fish in a small pond.
Why Should You Listen?
This episode is a reminder of why we must remain humble in the pursuit of knowledge and our greatness. It can be easy to become disenchanted with all of what we don’t understand and feeling defeated that we can’t reach our fullest potential.
Justin is a world-class musician who has devoted his life to music. Just listen to how sincerely humble he is. Justin is a fantastic example of a person who understands the importance of learning, giving back, being honest, working hard and exercising patience. We can all use this message to check ourselves from time to time.
Music used in this episode:
Lesson 1: Dance
Lots for Nothin’
Lesson 2: Play
Waiting on Aubade
Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot
Drumeo Gab’s Socials