Blue October played at Buzzfest this past weekend. 94.5 The Buzz sat down with the guys and talked about Sway, touring in Russia, and much more.
Glasgow’s RockFusion interviewed Justin about Blue October’s upcoming European tour, Sway, changes in his life and much more.
How are the band finding the new stuff out on the road? It’s just as big a change for them as it is for you…
Oh, God they’re so happy! They don’t have to hang out with this manic depressive crazy guy anymore (laughs). I’m sure that’s what they’re thinking! You can only imagine what they must have felt like over the last ten years touring with me singing about such sadness, you can only imagine. I would’ve been like, “Shut the fuck up!“
I’ve got two kids now and a beautiful wife and it’s time to grow the fuck up, it really is. It’s time to grow the fuck and realise that you’ve got a short ass time. I’ve already lived half my life it’s time to really live happy, joyous and free and anyone that’s going to get in my way can just back up.
I’ll be honest, it’s been pretty awesome seeing the change and grow in such a positive way compared to what you were like 6 or 7 years ago when I found your music… Or even compared to 18 months ago when we last spoke.
Thank you man! A lot of was a case of saying to myself, “Justin, stop self medicating when you get sad.” A lot of it was that. Stop drinking so much whiskey and wine. Stop smoking so much dope. Stop doing the things counteracting happiness when you’re trying to find peace. I just challenged myself to get sober and live life that way. I’d already done it the other way and when I did that I realised it really wasn’t that fucking hard to be happy if you stop giving yourself crutches!
Is there any change on your on stage performance now that you’re at peace and sober?
There’s more awareness. There’s more energy. There’s more confidence! I don’t have to get right into everyone’s face and scream my ass off. I can stand there and let people take the song in instead of seeing how crazy Justin is. It’s such an amazing thing. I can stand back and let Ryan play his violin and let people see him and let the light shine on him for a while. I’m a part of a band it’s not a Justin Furstenfeld project and that’s one thing I’m loving about touring is that the guys in the band are really happy… And I love that.
Read the entire interview here.
Backstage Entertainment talked to Matt about touring, making Sway, fan reaction to Sway, producing other bands, Blue October fans, trashing hotel rooms and much more.
Blue October will perform at The Night 89X Stole Christmas in Detroit on December 17th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
After Justin went on the Breaking Dawn tour with Stephenie Meyer a special edition of the book was released. The special edition included a DVD of the concert and a copy of the My Never lyrics. As a fundraiser for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas, Justin has signed a Breaking Dawn DVD and My Never lyrics. All of the proceeds from this auction will go to Liam’s Lions! You can get all the details and bid on this very rare item here. But hurry- the auction ends on October 24th!
Edited: This item was purchased through the “But It Now” option on eBay for $250! All of that goes to Liam’s Lions! If you want to donate you can donate online here.
Blue October will perform at 105.7 The Point’s Ho Ho Show in St. Louis, Missouri on December 7th. Tickets are available on Friday, October 18th. You can get all the details here.
Jessie Jessup from 102.1 the Edge talked to Justin about the Sway tour, the Blue October documentary that is currently being made, How The Edge Stole Christmas and much, much more.
Blue October is featured during the month of January. How awesome are these pictures of Tim and the guys?!?! The entire calendar is full of great pictures guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you look at it. You can order a calendar here.
Utah’s Daily Herald interviewed Justin about his journey to sobriety, Sway, songwriting and more.
Justin Furstenfeld remembers how scared he was when he arrived in Nashville to get together with songwriter Chris Lindsey to write what became “Not Broken Anymore,” one of the many revealing songs on “Sway,” the new album by his band Blue October — which is playing Friday night at The Depot in Salt Lake City.
“When I finished it, I called my mom,” Furstenfeld said in a recent phone interview. “I was screaming ‘I’ve still got it! I’ve still got it!’ And she was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And I was like, ‘I can still write music.’ I was screaming. It was a great moment.”
Furstenfeld was so apprehensive about his return to songwriting because “Not Broken Anymore” was the first song he had attempted to write sober in many years. Finding he still had his creative groove erased any lingering doubts that came with a lifestyle change that was certainly life altering and maybe even life saving.
Read the entire article here.