Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

Recording Artist


Los Angeles

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Had a passion for singing, sang in school choir
Played bass guitar in bands, as a teenager
After college, the band I sang for signed to Atlantic Records
Moved to California, was soon dropped by Atlantic Records
Worked, waiting tables, not writing music for 3 years
After a long absence from music, began joining other people's bands, playing guitar and keyboards
Eventually convinced a group of friends to play songs that I had written
Had a #1 hit in Europe, have a video on MTV and toured the world
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Florida State University
Career

Career

Recording Artist

I am a singer and songwriter. Also, leader of the band Jutty Ranx.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Music
Music
Writing
Writing
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

In the morning, I will write for an hour, after which I'll usually head to the studio to flesh out my ideas with a producer. Depending on the schedule, I might have a 2 hour rehearsal in the early evening. Then more writing before bed.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Get a taste for the local music in the city that you live in.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Start looking for artistic influences that are not necessarily the status quo or "hip."

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Music Theory and Composition
graduate
Graduate
Music Performance, General
doctorate
Doctorate
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should get an education"

Even though my father gave me this advice out of love, my personal path did not involve school knowledge. I would say, if you have a passion and a talent for something, don't let anyone make you feel like you have to rush to get an education. School will always be there. If you don't know exactly what your calling in life is, school is a great place to figure that out. Be bold. Be brave. Don't let others live your life for you.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

This was a source of pride, but still a bit alienating at times. Just be understanding that your family might not understand all of the stresses you are under.