Interview with Justin Levinson

Elyse Von Der Fecht

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Justin Levinson is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, Vermont. Renowned for a catalog of songs covering everything from power-pop to country to “feel good heartbreak.”

Justin Levinson (Photo provided by Justin Levinson)

Justin Levinson (Photo provided by Justin Levinson)

Levinson has earned steady praise from audiences and critics alike since his 2005 debut. Seven years and four acclaimed albums later, Justin maintains a solid presence that has seen him share the stage with acts like Matt Wertz, Will Dailey, Churchill, Ryan Cabrera, and toured with artists such as Tyler Hilton, Aaron Carter, Teddy Geiger and more. Here is what the talented musician had to say.

Elyse: What made you want to become a singer?
Justin: I grew up in a very musical household. My Father is a music teacher and he got me started on lessons at an early age. I pretty much grew up with The Beatles by my crib. It wasn’t until my teens when I started singing and joined the chorus in school.

E: What is the best thing about touring?
J: The best part about touring is meeting so many great people. I love to hangout with the crowd after the show and talk to fans. I also enjoy getting to know the other acts, club owners and all the folks involved in the production.

E: What is the worst or hardest thing about tour?
J: The hardest thing for me is sleeping. I get excited and anxious about the shows and I start analyzing how I performed the night before. I feel like I become a bit of an insomniac. Sometimes I also miss my dog Gigi.

E: If you could travel anywhere for a show, where would it be?
J: I’d really love to tour Europe someday! That is definitely on my bucket list.

E: Whom are you dying to open for in the near future?
J: I’d love to open for FUN., such a great band.

E: Whom would you want to write songs or an album with?
J: I actually have never done any co-writing in my career and I’m not sure if it’s for me. Someday I’d like to write a musical maybe then I can collaborate with some top-notch arrangers and producers.

E: How do you go through with writing your songs?
J: Usually I start with a chord progression and start humming a hook. Lyrics just fall into place after that. I always try to write from the heart.

E: If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you do?
J: I’d most likely be involved with baseball in some way. I love the art of pitching and have been a huge Atlanta Braves fan since I was a youngster. Maybe a pitching coach or scout.

E: What do you hope to accomplish in the next few years?
J: I’d love to continue what I’m doing and tour as much as possible. Would love to get a few music placements in film and TV as well.

Keep an eye out, he is working on new music in the studio.

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Interview with Justin Levinson