Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey guys, my name is Justin Salter, and I’m a drummer, engineer & artist.
At what point did you know that you wanted to have a career in music?
I think somewhere in 8th grade. I tried out for the solo in choir and got the part. That was scary. I hid behind the drums for 10-15 years after that.
Your first big break was as the drummer for Scary Kids Scaring Kids. What did you learn from the experience?
I think that taught me how to write music. The guitar players were incredibly smart and proficient. Everyone in that band was.
What prompted you to start your own solo career?
It just seemed like the next step. It’s liberating and scary at the same time. Dave Grohl is a big inspiration.
You have a new single out called “You and Me”. Tell us a little bit about the true story the song was inspired by and take us through the new video you filmed for it.
Well, my first job in LA (besides random studio engineering gigs) was working for a couple of moving companies and driving for Lyft. I have gotten a few occasional dates from it, and feel very much like a simultaneous nerd and cool guy. It was just a simple, fun song about a girl, and my buddy and I decided to hire an actress and shoot a video for it. Adding the comedy part of it came later because I didn’t want to just shoot a cool guy video.
Creating your own music is only one part of your career as you’ve also been an engineer for many stars like Snoop Dogg, Aaliyah, and Alicia Keys. How does the challenge of working behind the scenes differ from your solo work?
Woking with celebrities is always interesting and fun. I learned a lot over the years, and felt it was time to do something of my own with the wisdom they had imparted. Doing my own project is very liberating. I can do whatever I want, which is nice.
Recently, you’ve even scored music for the documentary “The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert” as well as hit TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “Anna Graceman”. What have those experiences been like?
The Vision project was perfect in the sense that the director heard a piece of music I had, and used it in the film. That’s the best case scenario for me because the music comes naturally and it’s already finished. Lol.
What’s next for your career? Could an EP or full-length album be on the horizon?
I’m just writing songs as they come, performing live at least once a month and releasing singles for now. I usually try to include a video with each song as well.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Just write honest stuff and perform it live as often as possible. And consistently release music once a month or so.
What’s your life like outside the music studio?
Well, living in LA is pretty expensive, so I work in real estate as a licensed agent since moving here, as well as drive for Uber/Lyft. I occasionally engineer and play for other artists but I try to be super picky about it nowadays.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
IG, Spotify/Apple Music, and Youtube are my main focuses as of now.
Justin Salter on Spotify and Apple Music.