When you hear the name Justin Serrao in passing, you don’t immediately think talented singer songwriter only, but you think talented singer songwriter, live performer, strategic networker and successful music business entrepreneur! Justin describes his music as a fusion of acoustic and country rock and at the age of 27 has released his second album.
2001 was the year that Justin kicked off his career in music as the lead in a punk rock band 74%stupid. He later played the bass with Grounded who’s single ‘Getting Tired’ received extensive airplay. Being the observant person Justin is, he learned from being in other bands and decided to start his own band called Smash and Grab and at the same time, he explored his song writing abilities as well as his lead guitar skills.
In 2011 Justin saw the many marketing and exposure opportunities associated with being a part of Idols and he came an esteemed 33rd place in the competition that is entered into each year by thousands and thousands of hopeful contestants. Shortly after this reality TV experience and having gained a commendable following, Justin released his debut album ‘Touching Toes Without Clothes’.
Aside from being a full-time working musician with a regular presence on the live circuit around South Africa, Justin has drawn the attention from many well-known and established bands and artists who have all been more than happy to include him on their bills and in their tours. These acts include Prime Circle, Parlotones, CrashCarBurn, Shortstraw and internationally acclaimed Shawn Phillips to name a few.
Justin’s second album, ‘Forget and Let Loose’, was released in August 2014 with a number of released singles including ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘No-one Cares’ on regular rotation on radio. Justin co-produced the collection alongside David Grevler.
“Inspiration for the album came from experiences in my life and country, the moments we go through as people, says Serrao, “for me it signifies light at the end of the tunnel, a helping hand from above”.
“There really are few things as riveting as being introduced to new music that you can’t help getting lost to. It’s that feeling of getting chills right down your spine as it feels that every chord and note that gets played just speaks to you. This was the exact effect that Justin Serrao had on me. To be completely honest, the name Justin Serrao was new to me and I didn’t really know what to expect. Luckily, being the fine guy that Mr. Serrao is, he didn’t leave me in the dark for too long. From the moment he picked up his acoustic guitar to the moment he put it down, it was like I was lost in a trance of acoustic amazement. Serrao had the whole Tanz Café hanging on his every word as he filled the venue with a beautiful display of raw emotion and musical brilliance. If you feel like your life has been missing some good ol’ acoustic vibes, be sure to get a copy of Justin Serrao’s debut album, Touching Toes Without Clothes and watch the minutes fly by as you lose yourself to his emotion-charged acoustic tunes.” – Chris van der Merwe (SA Music Scene)
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