Written by Marina Moreno
We constantly hear the infamous Bob Marley lyric, “the good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain.” For just about everybody, the genre of music that gives you that hard hitting feeling, is different. For some it may be soft R&B, and for some it may be heavy metal. However, one style that can never be denied or debated is the sounds of LIVE music. And no, I’m not just talking about hearing a DJ spin live; I’m talking about an actual live band. One trio of young men not only have the skill to knock you off your seat and onto your feet, but they have talent bold enough to reinvent what we thought we knew about live instruments, and build a career filled with longevity while doing it. I’m talking about, Just Josh Music Group, signed to Music Retox Entertainment founded by CEO Eldon Peterson.
Hailing from H-Town (Houston, TX), Just Josh Music Group is made up of three self-taught instrumentalists; Josh Conerly (Drummer), Josh Henderson (Keyboardist) and Justin Clemons (Drummer). The three have already gained exposure in their hometown of Houston backing several popular local artists, predominantly Gospel early on and have sparked global attention with a live arrangement of Drake’s “I’m On One” and Hit-Boy’s “Ni%%as In Paris” garnering thousands of views on YouTube. This week, the producers made their way to Los Angeles, California, to give LA natives a taste of what they bring to the table. For a week straight, we hit the city with the 3 alongside fellow label mate, Deezy Jonez & manager Eldon as they met executives from established magazines, radio stations & media outlets such as DASH Radio, Hip Hop DX, Hip Hop Wired, Myspace, YouTubeSpaceLA, bBooth, Popular Demand, Homegrown Radio, and All Def Digital,to name a few. Not to mention, they recorded a collaboration LIVE EP with Deezy entitled “Midnight Lusso” and music video in the midst of it all at the infamous 17 Hertz Studios shot by FourXample Productions. How they managed to pull through and pull it off is more than we can praise. With the ambition, drive and dedication, Just Josh Music Group proved that with their constant hunger, nothing is impossible. Special thanks to everyone who took their time out of their busy days to spend time with these talented guys that are just beginning their successful careers in music. Hope you are excited as we are to be apart of the early stages of their journey.
While embarking on their numerous media stops to friends of our Third Floor Network, I was able to chop it up with the trio and discover what it was that kept them so grounded and humble. It was without a doubt, their family. With such a strong support system behind them, it was only right that they continued to bring up their families over and over – and I’m not complaining. Whether it was letting it be known that they were the first ones they planned to give back to when they “make it”, to having Josh C.’s mother, father and son make an appearance at the video shoot. It was beyond refreshing to see such a young group of men so poised and well rounded. In an industry that is easy to get lost and caught up in, the fear of them wandering too far, doesn’t seem to be an issue on the rise.
Their advice to all you hustlers on the road to success? “Stay with it. You’re gonna get better with time. It won’t happen overnight. Be consistent. Be persistent. And don’t let any mediocre sh*t slip through the cracks.”
See more photos from their LA visit below and be on the lookout for Just Josh Music Group’s collaborative EP with Deezy Jonez dropping sometime this winter!
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