Meet Justin Prime!
A highly talented Dutch DJ and sound engineer graduate, there’s no doubt this guy has got the skills! Prime and Showtek took over the charts world wide with their instant hit ‘Cannonball’.
Justin has received one platinum-plated record and two golden records for this track.
He is currently working behind the scene with several top-notch names in the music industry.
This super talented DJ/Producer has spent only a few years in the trade so far but he already has released tracks under the highly acclaimed labels like Musical Freedom, Spinnin’, Def Jam and Ultra Records.
Prime also remixed Jenifer Lopez, Flo Rida, Rihanna and David Guetta to name but a few.
He also worked with the legendary U2 singer Bono.
Currently Justin is demolishing dance floors all around the globe with his bangin’ originals like: Thunderbolt, Cannonball and Poing!
After teaming up with We Are Loud for ‘Drowning’ and ‘Tomorrow Sounds’, Justin Prime has come forth with a smash song of his own. Through ‘Wasteland’, the Dutch DJ, producer and sound engineer offers a splendid crossover song, released on the Amsterdam-based record label Armada Music.
Listen to Justin Prime feat. Cristi Vaughan - Wasteland
An infectious blend of electronic music and pop-flavored deliciousness, ‘Wasteland’ is a song that sticks.
Comprising the silky vocals of U.S.-based songstress Cristi Vaughan and big-synth melodies that have listeners reeling for more, it not only serves as a testament to the Dutchman’s production skill, but also paves the way for many more of his whiffs of brilliance to follow.
1.Where did you found the inspiration to produce “Wasteland”?
At the beginning of 2016 I decided that I wanted to expand my horizon as a musician.
I didn't feel happy anymore in my own studio, with the music I was creating and where I was heading to. I'm that kind of person who get's pretty bored after sticking with something for too long. I always want to reinvent and keep developing myself as a musician.
I started to feel caged and not able to express myself, based on what I thought people would expect from me. Now I understand that the person who caged me, was actually me.
Music must come from the hearth, and that's exactly what I decided to do. So I pushed the reset button and looked into the mirror, searching for myself, who I am as a person, what I feel and what makes me happy. I started to play new instruments, and I don't only produce, but also write my own lyrics now.
'Drowning' and 'Tomorrow Sounds' were one of the first songs were I've set a new sound for myself, and so it only came natural with Wasteland.
That doesn't mean I won't make club records anymore, so don't worry ;)
2. Could you elaborate a little more about your collaboration with Cristi Vaughan?
I received Cristi's vocal through my manager, and I immediately felt that mellow kinda vibe. I was like “wow.. this vocal is pretty neat, I need to work on this one”.
So Basically I just got behind my piano and started playing around with the chords progression and once that was done the rest followed naturally.
In most cases you first start off producing the instrumental and then create the top line.
With this project I actually worked the other way around an let Cristi's vocal guide me through the whole production.
Because the vocals are so dreamy, I didn't want to transform the song into a standard 128bpm dance track, but rather create this laid back kinda vibe which compliments the vocal.
3. How and why you started your music career? Who inspired you the most?
In my family it's normal to play music. Everybody plays a piano, guitar, saxophone or sings. My grandfather was a really good musician and he could play so many different instruments that it's actually ridiculous, not to mention he was a really good singer too.
When I was 5 years old, my mom told me I had to choose an instrument to play.
So I chose the piano (good choice afterwards) , so my mom bought me my first electric piano and my grandfather started to school me twice a week and give me homework.
Sometimes I didn't felt like it, and I just wanted to play my Super Nintendo.
But he could tell exactly when I haven't done my homework, and as punishment I had to practice for another hour or so hahaha.
When I became 16 years old I started to produce my own songs with Fruiyloops and quickly switched over to Cubase.
I received my first record deal when I was 18 years old.
As a child I used to listen a lot to Michael Jackson and a lot of American pop bands.
I also listened to a lot of Dutch dance music and film score music. I think this really influenced my taste for music and is also the reason why I have such a broad view based on my productions. I have two sides, dance related productions but also more pop related productions and I believe both can exist perfectly next to each other.
I've actually just finished a collaboration with Onderkoffer where I also bring back a little touch of that 80's/filmscore vibe. (Can't wait to let you hear this one)
4. With which artists or vocalists would you still like to work with in the future?
Sia, Adele, Ellie Goulding to name a few.
I really like working with great songwriters and artistic people, they really inspire me to also get the best out of myself.
5. Any “hot news” about on your future projects or special gigs around the globe?
Yeah I have a lot of new songs coming up. Wasteland has just been released, so for those who haven't checked it yet, it's out now on Spotify, iTunes and every major portal.
And on June 16th my next single 'Light It Up' is coming out on Armada.
6. What's your favourite DAW? And which VST or instrument you like to use more?
Definitely Steinberg Cubase. I think I'll keep using this DAW for a very long time.
I still like using the Sylenth VST and Serum for some of my lead sounds, and I actually used my Virus Ti2 hardware synthesiser again today.
Ohh and Kontakt, there are some killer banks out there like Exhale, Signal, Gravity and some more.
I also recommend everyone to buy an UAD card for mixing/mastering purposes, because it really makes a difference.
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