Utah-born and Los Angeles-based musician Justice Carradine believes that music is healing and wants to leave his listeners feeling like they can do anything they set their mind to. In 2018 he caught the attention of Chosen Music/Atlantic Records to land a deal and has since been working on his skills as a musician. Justice chats with MOOD about the evolution of his sound, how culture influences his music, and upcoming projects.
Justice wears a pinstripe suit, All saints, silver jewelry, Dalmata.
Let's start talking about your most recent single Limbo. What initially brought out the inspiration to write it?
I got a lot of inspiration for that song from Circles by Post Malone I really like the whole drum vibe of that song. And I wanted to do something that kind of had an upbeat vibe to it while I was going through kind of like a, “I don't know what's going on, but I'm okay if that makes any sense.”
It's a great song. Now that the world has changed the way everyone socializes because of the COVID19 pandemic, in a sense, lots of people feel like they're stuck in limbo. Routines have changed, navigating through the workplace has changed, and even the way creatives are making new projects have changed. Has your meaning of the song changed as the pandemic has progressed?
You know I feel like a lot of my songs, the meanings to them change all the time. But specifically, for Limbo it started off with me feeling like I'm just in limbo and then the whole world kind of went into limbo - and so I kind of was like, “Oh this is like way bigger than me.” Seeing that play out and like continuing to see it play out is giving me a whole different meaning to not just that song but all of the other songs that I've written.
Now that we're spending more time online, especially you as a musician, we are finding new ways to adapt. One of those ways is creating more of an online presence and performing online as well through your platforms. What kind of influence do you want to create not only just online, but with your career? What message do you want to leave to anybody who listens to your music?
I want to lift people up as much as I can. I want to show that you don't necessarily need outside influences to live or be lifted up. You can lift yourself up. I talk about that a lot in my songs because a lot of my music is just reflecting. I think sharing the dark parts of my whole journey is super important because they go hand in hand with the good and the bad. just hope to influence people to show them that they can do it. They literally can do whatever the hell they want and they don't need anything other than themselves to do that.
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Photography: Anthony Giovanni
Fashion: Edwin J. Ortega
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Words: Will Heffernan
Justice wears an oversized double-breasted black and white blazer, Raf Simons, knit merino wool and cotton-blend blue cardigan, Ami Paris, white cotton bottom-up shirt, Cos, wool and mohair-blend trousers, Acne Studios.
Justice wears a olive green faux leather suit, Annakiki, silver jewelry, Dalmata, white bottom-up, 2xist