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.
Beginning his musical career at the age of thirteen after his parents purchased his first drum kit, Justin took every chance to explore and develop his talent. Playing with local bands, and taking every opportunity to play in venues, Justin spent hours honing his skill and exploring new genres. A product of multicultural upbringing, Justin spent much of his adolescence in both the US and Belize, a period in his life which contributed to his own journey of self-exploration as he began to develop a sound and style of his own.
When serendipitously introduced to the hang drum, Justin instantly felt a spiritual connection. It opened his mind with its rich resonance, and produced a polyphony so uplifting, so fresh, his future with this instrument seemed as though it was written in the stars. In his own words it made him imagine “the liveliness and sparkle of a Caribbean Carnival combined with the spiritualism of the Orient due to the miscegenation of instrumental influences.”
After years of self-directed study of the hang drum, Justin set out to compose his own music. Inspired by musicians like Manu Delago, and Laura Inserra, the hang drum granted Justin the ability to develop pieces with melodies to compliment the rhythmic nature of his earlier work. Justin’s compositions have been described as serene, containing an almost meditative-like quality. His performances have transfixed audiences of all ages in venues around the world. Justin is honored to perform at the Hermes Foundation, and to further their goal of celebrating the skills and creativity that shape and inspire the human experience.