New York, NY - Justin Naundros, professionally known as Jus, has been working on his debut EP Obsession for the past year. This 6-song debut will be released worldwide both physically and digitally on April 21st, 2015, through his Zenith Point Records label. Jus was inspired to create the project while thinking about his own obsessions, and after having a conversation with someone else about theirs, realized that everyone has one main thing in their life that could be considered their obsession. Jus then began to produce tracks that he believed translated his obsessions, and began looking for artists to feature that could also give voice to theirs.
The first track Jus created was a song called Legacy and he was able to get Bobby Dub (BMG artist from LA) to write and sing the hook. Jus then recorded Add-2, a Chicago rapper who is managed by producer 9th Wonder, and DaCor, who put a verse onto the track. Add-2 is also featured on another track on the EP titled Love Songs which also features retired Air Force Veteran Niko Ellison, a powerhouse R&B Vocalist, who sang for 20 years in the Air Force band and has spent several years singing and songwriting for other projects.
As Jus continued to make tracks he connected with Maryann (Bae God) of N-Crowd, who recently released an EP of her own. Her EP features some notable guests such as Waka Flocka Flame. Justin was also able to record Freddy Flopez, a bi-lingual rapper from East Palo Alto, CA as well as Are Too, a music teacher in Oakland an up and coming singer and saxophonist. Tommy Gunna, another up and coming artist from the Bay Area is also featured on the EP’s track Tonight. Jus features guitarist and producer Jay Marston Rubin who really brings life to the track Love Song.
As the release started taking shape, there was a production team Jus brought on board. These two producers, Nico Breeze and Hrmonik added a lot of Pop to the production value of the entire project. In Jus’ own words, “It wouldn’t have sounded the same without them.” Most of the EP was recorded in various studios in the Bay Area, including two very well known rooms at Pyramind Sound and Ghost Cat Studios.
Justin Jerome Smith Naundros was born May 11, 1991, in Decatur, GA, but moved to St. Petersburg, FL at the age of four, where his grandmother raised him until he was 13. As a teenager, Justin developed a love for drums and percussion and started playing in the school band when he was in 7th grade. He continued to play all the way through his senior year in both his High School band and in a Community band that was run by the youth program Everyone's Youth United.
That band often played for big city events including a Bay Area talent show that Rev. Run (Run-DMC) and Russell Simmons were featured speakers. While growing up in the southern U.S., Justin always had a love for a wide variety of music from Country to Hip Hop, R&B, and so much more. To him music was a way to express emotions, and he always had a song to reference no matter what mood he was in.
After graduating from High School in 2009, Jus enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Apache Crew chief and served for 4 years. During his time in the Army, Justin was stationed in several different locations, including overseas. After being injured Jus left the military in 2013, and began to put in motion his dream of working in the music industry and owning his own record label.
The day after he left the military Jus found himself interning at Universal Music Enterprises, working for Vice President of A&R Harry Weinger. Even though his tenure at Universal was brief it inspired even more determination to make his dreams a reality. Realizing at the time that his skill level in audio production would only take him so far, Jus enrolled at Pyramind Training in San Francisco in May 2014 to study music production and sound design. In January of 2015 Jus was accepted into The New York Film Academy and he currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Jus’ Obsession EP will be released direct to fans https://thisisjus.bandcamp.com/ in early April and worldwide on April 21st, 2015. For more information or sound samples visit the ZPR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ZenithPointRecords
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