March 31, 2014
Originally from Campbell River, Vancouver singer-songwriter Justine Collins embraces country music. We found Collins through her YouTube channel which features both her original songs and covers. Collins puts her heart into her songs, and it shows. Our interview talks about her inspirations, common themes in her songs, best experiences in the music industry, and future plans.
G: Where are you from originally? And where are you living now?
J: Campbell River, BC. I am now living in Vancouver, BC.
G: Where is your favourite place to hang-out in your hometown?
J: I love the Pier downtown. It’s an awesome little place, where you can grab fish and chips or ice cream right on the water. In the summer on Sundays they run a farmers market there where I have performed before. It’s amazing!
G: What is your favourite place in Canada?
J: Honestly, home is where my heart is. Cheesy I know, but I was lucky to grow up with an amazing family, in a beautiful place. There is no place I would rather be than in Campbell River.
G: So, moving on to discussing your music, how did your interest in singing begin?
J: My Grandfather used to sing with me a lot when I was young. He would teach me songs, and we would perform them for family and friends. It was mostly old Irish songs. I would say I fell in love with music and performance through that as early as 4 years old.
G: Do any particular artists have a big influence in your music?
J: I find I'm influenced mostly by country artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert, but I am also very much influenced by Kelly Clarkson and Adele. I try to incorporate their pop styles into the country music I write.
G: Following that, what in life inspires you to write music?
J: Really anything. Usually the song comes to me through the chord progressions, I'll feel the rhythm, the emotion, and go from there. Sometimes it takes longer for me to find the right words, but they always come eventually.
G: Is there anything in particular that you usually write about?
J: Usually I write about breakups. They seem to be what I know best, though I can say I've been through any as crazy as some of my songs. My dad likes to call them "Man-Bashers." I can honestly say I don't do it on purpose!
G: What is the best experience you've had in the music industry so far?
J: My best experience so far was a co-write I did not long ago. I had Ralph Murphy as a mentor, and he's a huge hero of mine so it was an amazing experience to write and learn with him on that project.
G: If you could collaborate with any other artists, who would it be?
J: I would absolutely love to collaborate with Rascal Flatts. They are such a strong group and they write amazing music. It was at a Rascal Flatts concert I first decided I wanted to be a performer.
G: What is next for you? What do your future goals look like?
J: Nashville! I'm heading down for a 10 day co-write with Carey Ott. It should be a fantastic experience, so most of my focus is on that currently. When I return I'm planning a national song release within the following months hopefully!
G: Lastly, are there any favourite local musicians you’d like to mention?
J: The River and The Road are an amazing group, two of which are from Campbell River as well! What can I say we must have something in the water! Every time I see them, they knock my socks off again with great music, lyrics and a great show. I recommend going to see them ASAP. Another great local musician who I recently met is Pernell Reichert. I was lucky enough to play the same venue as him over New Years, and he was amazing. A very talented performer and artist. Definitely another must see!
G: Thank you for chatting with us! Best of luck in Nashville.