Now I have something very special for you today and the artists name is John Samuels, otherwise known as Just John. He started off being a cultural revolutionary, taking the world by storm with his partner and producer, Dom Dias where they released some amazing and successful singles, ‘Soundboi‘, Minutia‘ and the absolute bouncy banger, ‘Pull Up‘.
Now as solo artist, he’s reinvented himself as Just John where he’s aiming high and continuing to deliver. His debut single, ‘1000 corpses’ was released last month and rather aptly, on Halloween, shortly followed by ‘Black Ghost’ on Friday 13th of November. The accompanying visuals for ‘1000 corpses’ was another spooky treat to add to the package and a taste of the boundless creativity and conceptual nature of Just John and his music.
With a laser-focused creative vision and an out-of-the-box approach, Just John is a man that’s fully in charge of his journey, he’s taken the helm of life and has been consistent in steering his art, his music and his fashion exactly in the direction he wants it to go. He has a distinct brand and ethos which runs through all his creative endeavours. Just John’s music speaks to those who want to expand their minds and broaden their horizons, he is for the enlightened or those who wish to be enlightened, the kids that want to be the best versions of themselves.
Speaking on his EP, This is Fate EP, John states that:
“This is for the dreamers, the misfits, the ones who never give up even when they’re down, unheard or misunderstood”.
Having experienced his fair share of those negative emotions and rejections first hand, Just John hopes to create music that will act as a beacon of light for all those who stand in the darkness where he once stood himself. By embracing the ugly, the volatile and the vulnerable, John, in turn, preaches a message of peace, love and harmony. His message is simple; he believes that in embracing his own weakness and weirdness, he can encourage others to do the same, through his art, Just John is creating a path so that others can follow his leather-booted footsteps into the light. And it’s precisely this embrace of vulnerability within and around him that has led to his boldest work of art to date.
Now, if you’re a fan of Death Grips or Ho99o9 then Just John is an artist you need to be listening to right now because ‘A Thousand Corpses’, the energy just goes straight to 1000 into a sleek and sounding track for the times we’re in right now. Bending the rules of such a rigid genre isn’t taken lightly but it’s one he does fluently. Inspiration is something else that this track just bleeds and building on his battle with his own demons.
For ‘Black Ghost’, this more of a Rap Rock type of track, with a massive chaotic barrage of a beat which follows ever so brilliantly to slide into a perfectly demented and crowd pleasing take on his own vulnerability. This definitely broadens the EP and takes it to new heights, one aspect which he has already done so brilliantly in a way that most can only dream.
Lastly we see more of the creative state of mind of Just John through ‘Open Wound’ where that guitar is just merged hauntingly to the already masterful track. This pushes the pulsing beats to have a good consistent rhythm on the last track of the already strong EP.
In the end game of producing the high end visuals as well as sound, Just John’s creative vision is one that strikes a chord where only a few have been able to do so brilliantly lately where the musical anthology of his is destined to continue well beyond what we’re going to be receiving right now and I for one, cannot wait to see what striking, heartbreaking and spine tingling material we’ll receive in the future.
Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, Music Video for ‘A Thousand Corpses’ and link to Spotify to stream the EP below.
- A Thousand Corpses
- Black Ghost
- Open Wound
You can listen to the full EP, ‘This Is Fate’ via Spotify.