Like most musicians, Justin can trace the genesis of his musical career to the environment of his youth. Born to parents of Belizean-Creole and Garifuna ancestry, Justin at any early age was introduced to the rich and complex sounds found throughout the Caribbean. These sounds, so unique and truly a pastiche of African and island rhythms, served as excellent fodder for inspiration.
Tell us about yourself and what you do?
I am presently a student at Occidental College and also a solo percussionist. I compose and perform all my music, which is mainly solo percussion songs. I play three types of The Drum Kit, Hang Drum and a cultural drum of the Black Caribs call the Garifuna drums.
I also enjoy playing video games, traveling and spending time with my friends and family.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Dafnis Prieto and Niel Peart are two drummers that have inspired my music. However, my main inspiration came from the Garifuna cultural drumming in Belize where I grew up for the first 10 years of my life. I have also gained inspiration from the drumming of Latin America and Africa specifically from Cuba and Brazil.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
In my musical career last November when I was contacted by a famous French Sculptor Vicent Beaurin to perform for The Hermes Foundation of Paris a theatre in Paris for 4 nights.
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