OnMilwaukee.com Interviews Justin Furstenfeld
Molly Synder from OnMilwaukee.com interviewed Justin about the Open Book tour, the effects of fatherhood on his art, touring with family and more.
Molly: How has being a dad affected your art?
Justin: It’s made my art more intense. It’s opened the door to a whole other realm of my own inncence from when I was a kid. I lost it along the way, and when I had a child it opened that door back up. It’s really something else to go back and live through someone else instead of yourself.
Molly: What appeals to you about spoken word versus singing with a band?
Justin: I love the stripped-down. During this tour, I might start playing and stop and start speaking the words and then start playing again. People see that it’s actually thoughts and feelings – not just composed “cat and the hat on the mat.”
These shows are so quiet. It’s really nice to have evenings like this. It’s like a meditation. And yet it’s really intense, real.
Last night we had 500 in Denver and it seemed like people really understood it was coming from the heart.
Molly: What should fans expect from the show?
Justin: Very honest stories about where (my music and art) came from. Then the audience can write down questions, I usually get about 50, and I get some crazy questions and I answer them as truthfully and honestly as I can. Often, they don’t make me look very good, but I don’t care anymore. It’s about putting it out there in the open.
Read the whole interview here.