Exclusive Interview: Justin Park Talks Collabs, Writing, & Joshua Tree

Exclusive Interview: Justin Park Talks Collabs, Writing, & Joshua Tree

The artist we’re sharing with you today has a pretty solid resume. During the course of his career, Justin Park wrote for K-pop artists, toured with Amber Liu, and worked with brands like AXE and McDonald’s. You might have heard his tracks ‘Like We Used To’ or ‘On The Low,’ off of his album Places Like Home. Or, perhaps you heard his cover of ‘Honesty’ by Pink Sweat$. If you haven’t heard of him at all, let us introduce you to the LA-based, Korean-American singer-songwriter!

You got the chance to work on your upcoming EP out in Joshua Tree, what was your favorite part of that experience? What made you choose that location and would you want to work on future projects out there again?
My favorite part about it was being able to create with the people that I love. This time around we had more friends over at the crib. We had drinks, vibes, food, and dance. What more do you need? I feel that I write the best when I feel I am complete and at peace. My friends and family definitely provide that for me.

Justin Park
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You’ve done a lot of songwriting, what is one lyric that you’re most proud of?
I really have too many favorite lines to choose from, and many who know me know that I gig out to my own lines sometimes looking like a fool. But if I had to choose one off the top of my head it would be from ‘PROMISES,’ on the new album, and the line goes:

“Promises, that you’d have to regret, it’s weighing on your head, now. Promises, painful for us both, hurts with you the most.”

But I always felt so emotional listening to that, not that it’s an incredibly witty line, but it always played with my heartstrings.

We love the sound of ‘YOU DON’T KNOW,’ honestly, your sound as a whole is such a vibe. What inspired you to make this kind of music? Would you ever
experiment with your sound?

‘You Don’t Know’ is such an incredibly honest song about an unrequited love. What better sound to fit that than the one we’ve chosen. I truly hope everyone who listens enjoys it. And yes, I would and definitely do experiment with my sound, and surely even in this album, our listeners will see that that’s true.

What can you tell us about your upcoming EP? Are there any tracks you’re especially excited for fans to hear?
All I can say is that there are a lot of very catchy and deep songs on this album. I think there is no better way to end the summer than with this collection of music, and I’m sure my fans will hear an apparent growth. Two tracks that I am very proud to present are ‘Mi Vida,’ my first ever record done in Spanish, and ‘Shady,’ a tune I’m sure all women
can relate to.

In ‘YOU DON’T KNOW,’ you sing “letting my guard down for you,” what’s a situation you’ve been in where you had to let your guard down and be a little vulnerable?
Being vulnerable is one of the hardest things to do, and in a sense, I see it as a sacrifice. Putting someone else’s needs above yours so that maybe there can be resolve. I’ve let my guard down in relationships for people especially in fights, or on the opposite side of the spectrum when I am in love. Sometimes you’ve got to let your guard down as a sign to let someone know your true intentions.

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What is something you want fans to take away from your music?
I want my fans to feel hopeful and empowered.

You recently collabed with Demie Cao and Ted Park, how did those collabs come about? What was your favorite part of working with them?
Most of the collabs that happen take place naturally. Usually, it’s because I like an artist or their sound, and when we meet things just sort of click into place, and out pops a piece of art.

Who is a dream collaboration of yours?
My dream collab, for now, will be Kehlani or The Beatles.

What’s something you would go back and tell your younger self about where
you are now in your career?

D*mn son, you’re gonna be someone cool. So stop worrying about what everyone thinks of you. Not everyone’s opinion is important. So Wild Out. But stay focused as hell. There are going to be a lot of distractions. Stick with your team, stick with God, and they’ll guide the way.

What’s one major career goal you’d like to accomplish in the next few years?
I want to perform at Coachella, and any major music festival really. I want to headline them all. I want to win an award for best music video, I want a GRAMMY, and I also want to act in a film on the silver screen.

Seeing Justin Park on screen and as a singer? Yeah, we can get behind that! Fingers crossed for that GRAMMY Justin! We’re going to be here cheering you on from the sidelines!

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