We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Estrada and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, how do you think about risk?
Starting the band itself was pretty risky. Previously I was in another band and we would try to write music. Over time it became apparent to me that I was the best musician/songwriter in the band. I felt like I wasn’t reaching and using my full potential. I realized I could do it all myself. I risked leaving those guys to start a brand new band and try to find new members that would be interested. Would they be on board with me being writing the majority of the songs? To follow along with my vision and dream the way that I envision it? And to make it a reality?
That was probably the biggest risk for me to take since I didn’t know many people in the local scene. Luckily the few people I did know helped point me in the right direction, you know, and I guess the rest is history. I wouldn’t have known any of this could be possible if I didn’t take that risk. Just going with my gut feeling and accepting the potential consequences that could come with it as a result. But knowing at the same time the greater rewards in life that come with greater risks. You never really know unless you take that chance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Id say what us apart from other bands is creating the kind of music I want to hear and play. Being as genuine to myself as possible and not writing music for anyone else but myself. I dont try to please other people with what they want to hear but what I want to hear and express as an artist.
I guess I’m most proud of my bands newest single “Counting All of These Yesterdays.” Ive never worked on a song that hard in my life.
Im excited for my bands future for sure. We have a new song we plan on releasing either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year. It’s a bit of a departure from what we usually do.
There was a lot out doubt with getting to where we are now. It wasn’t easy but I believe never giving up and never quitting on your passion. I think you should stick with it and see it all the way through. I feel that people quit right when they’re about to get it and end up regretting it for the rest of their life. Maybe they just didnt want it bad enough.
The best way I think to overcome challenges is through communication. If you dont communicate, you cant expect to solve anything.
One lesson I’ve learned along the way is to be straight up with the people closest to you as well as band members. Be honest and direct even if it hurts someones feelings. Which isn’t always the most popular thing to do.
Id want the world to know that we didn’t quit on ourselves. That we kept it going despite being kinda overlooked in the local scene. Even without all the hype we still went out there and had to earned what we have now.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Our drummers family owns a really good mexican restaurant in the east side called Dichos. Id recommend getting food there for sure. Its super close to the Satellite Bar. Off Wayside I think. A few of our favorite hangout spots are Woosters and Holmans in Midtown. Some of our favorite go to cocktail spots for sure. Buffalo Bayou brew is also a pretty cool spot for beers and good food.
Counting Promo ( blue) Cold Creek Productions Divine and Dying Alone promo by Nick Hargrave Counting single artwork by JC Media