On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Justice McLellan talks about his band Blue J and their first indie rock album, A Sign of Good Luck, on Nettwerk Records. The band released it from Vancouver on March 4, 2022. Justice also hosts a local music podcast, The JPod.
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We talked about:
- What Justice chose as the theme music for the JPod, and where it came from
- Lofi ambient playlists on YouTube
- The roots of Blue J's four band members, going all the way back to high school for Justice and his bandmate, Mark Robert Whiting
- Ruby Coast, Justice's first touring group where he played with Mark
- The wholesome reason why Justice and Mark started Blue J as the constant members
- Member changes in the band, including Ethan Hall from Casual Luxury changing out for Adam Fink on drums; and Lindsay Sjoberg meeting Justice while working at JJ Bean in Mount Pleasant (Adam would come get coffee from Justice, too!)
- Finding time at the start of the pandemic to get the band together
- The role of Tim Clapp, another one of Justice's good friends, in co-writing music for A Sign of Good Luck
- The way that Justice records music in the studio, which is the same way that I do it
- His experience working with labels, including Nettwerk for this album
- Blue J's first-ever show at LanaLou's in 2017
- The funny practice routine that led into Blue J's music video for their album cut, "I Feel Your Pull"
- Our shared love of "Happiness is a Warm Gun", and how my favourite song from A Sign of Good Luck reminded me of that song
- The strength of the band: acceptance and the band dynamic, personality-wise
- The philosophy that we share but that we may not all realize in our younger years
- How Justice, as a songwriter, crafted the moments in the arrangements where his voice is most exposed, almost a cappella
- The status of Blue J's shows at the Fox Cabaret
- The future of the JPod