Justus Hajas Press’ Play!

Justus Hajas Press’ Play!

Justus Hajas came by Press Vinyl café on Tuesday to be a part of the JEM Series that happens every Tuesday at 7pm, 2442 Danforth Ave and Main St.  He came solo to try out some new material and to gear up for his first attempt into the United States. I was lucky enough to sit with him for a few moments between sets and have a short conversation with him.

Justus started playing guitar at the age of 13 and was influenced by his Dad and his friends who were into guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Once he picked up that guitar, it slowly became his obsession as he slowly began to practice for hours at a time, I guess there was not a lot he could do in the small town of Brantford, where he grew up. His focus is on trying out many different styles of music. He loves Progressive Rock, but finds a problem within the genres, because once a band establishes their progressive sound, they tend to stay there. Justus wants to explore more musicality and grow from there.

His first set at Press Vinyl café was all acoustic, so his focus was on song structure and storytelling. You can definitely tell his early work, because of his youthful words, but his newer material is beginning to expound into new territory. His growth seems a little slow, but his charm is in the way he adopts a stage and wants to keep his audience engaged. Well speaking of engaging people, we explored the topic of connecting with fans through marketing and other creative ideas. I think it would be really cool, if you love an artist to write the lyrics to a song and have that artist create the music around that song. That would create such a deep connection to not only your fans but send out a message to the world about everybody’s love of creativity.

Justus does work with other musicians and the band he is currently in, are music graduates and met at Metal Works studio. Even though much of the recording is done with a computer, that will eventually translate that into a full on dense live show. It’s just a matter of who will be on drums. Justus also shared how he got into his version of guitar shredding. He was playing the video game Black Ops 2 and that is when he heard Avenged Sevenfold for the first time.

I got to sit through his second set which was now the electric set. I finally got to see him shred his guitar and let loose. He opened with his version of O Canada and then his computer went into some heavy material and the cheese was flying! (Bad Shredding joke) He wasn’t a classic Metal shredding style, but he easily puts his fingers where his mouth is. He has a hard rock flavour that is pleasing to watch. Personally, he did a piece called “The Lesson” and it reminded me of some 2000’s Jeff Beck style. This Brantford kid would love to come to Toronto and share his gift with everyone, so the next time Jutus Hajas comes to town, support our Ontario musicians.

Here are some images of Justus Hajas:

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