Justin Clayton

Justin Clayton Biography

"I never meant to make a solo record. It just happened," claims the enigmatic, green-eyed Brit whose prolific songwriting career took off when a publishing deal with Warner Chappell produced a highly coveted four-song demo recording, eventually leading to his signing with Ultimatum. Produced by Marty Willson-Piper (The Church), Limb was recorded at the Blue Room located in the isolated town of GSvle, Sweden. The 11-track CD is an individual musical journey that carries its listener away from the routines of everyday life. It's a collage of poignant, melancholic lyrics pasted on guitar-pop melodies is a monologue of un-resolved feelings which center around nothing-yet everything. "I respond musically to anything that moves me, regardless of who or what it is," says Justin. "It's the desire to write a melody which vibrates inside me, like how a bass or a drum does. I can only sing my own lyrics. If it ends up sounding familiar, that's purely unintentional." For Limb, Justin chose producer Marty Willson-Piper because of his experience with guitar sounds. "He's the one that responded to certain elements of the songs that I responded to," explains Justin. During pre-production, they spent time listening to cuts from Marty's massive '60s and '70s album collection, which covered the walls of his entire flat. "We discovered our mutual Badfinger admiration," Justin humorously recalls. "That was our secret musical reference point while in the studio." In GSvle, a village located on the edge of a forest, two local session musicians were recruited for the recording of the album. Christer Bj+rklund (drums) and J. Odelholm (bass) joined Justin (vocals/guitars) for the sessions, as well as engineer/mix-master Andreas Ahlenius, to give Limb a distinctive, lush sound and feel. Throughout, melodies linger and attach themselves to somewhat dispirited lyrics with contrasting sweet rhythms: "lovesickèoilslick/lunaticèhow does it feel when nothing is real...you've lost your appeal" is articulated in "Tragic," a song about passion's turmoil. In a state of lyrical perplexity, Justin sings "I don't know if I should hate you" in "(Sometimes Life's a) Drag," which sonically blends resonant guitars with a trippy '70s cadence. "Collide" is an upbeat tune which crashes against words of self-destruction, of feelings that can't be fixed. "Slide" is haunting and embodies ethereal qualities-imagine gliding on an icy lake-while "Shallow World," a spiritual soundscape, is a lament defying the rat race. Justin picked up his first guitar at the age of 8 and started to get involved with a few school bands around that time. Early on, he was infatuated with the blues. At 18, Justin enrolled in a fine-arts college but his education was interrupted by a newly signed recording artist/friend who convinced him to go on the road as lead guitarist for his band. Justin agreed and set out to experience the art-of-touring, as well as intensive sessions of recording and writing. According to Justin, his career path as a professional musician was a twist of fate-a chance happening that brought him stateside. As Limb is somewhat of an appendage of Justin's persona, it's no coincidence that this 11-song album turned out the way it did. If only accidents could always turn out this well.

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