Colorado’s 99.9 The Point had Justin in studio while they were in Denver for the Sway Tour. They talked about filming the Fear video, the documentary, getting sober, Justin’s first job, what’s next for Blue October and much, much more.
Justin also performed Hate Me and Fear.
VH1 has posted a short clip from Blue October’s upcoming documentary. A lot of the clips are the same as the sneak peek that was included in the PledgeMusic campaign but there is some new footage included in this version. Every little clip we get from the documentary makes me more excited to see the whole thing. I know it is going to be a phenomenal journey.
Ash of Dallas’s KVIL talked to Justin backstage at the DVD concert. They talked about writing Fear and about how Justin feels when fans tell him how much Blue October’s music helps them.
Justin also answered a bunch of rapid fire questions with Brent. Would he rather be a jedi or wizard? Who’s his guilty pleasure artist? Craziest fan encounter?
Harvard of the South, a side project of Justin, Jeremy, Matt and Steve Schiltz, will be the opening band for the first ten dates on upcoming leg of Blue October’s Sway tour. They will also have their EP, Miracle, available to purchase. As of right now, these shows are the only place that the EP will be available. So if you’re going to one of those concerts, make sure you grab a copy! (If the EP becomes available any other way, I will post about it here as soon as I find out.)
Make sure you follow Harvard of the South on all their social media sites:
Eva from Music Gets Me By interviewed Justin last week while he was in London for the Open Book Tour. They talked about the tour, Songs From An Open Book, Blue October fans, their PledgeMusic campaign for the live DVD and documentary, new music and much more.(Side note- I love it when interviews are conducted by people who are obviously fans, we get much more in-depth questions!)
Here are a couple of tidbits from the interview. You can read the entire interview here.
Eva: Welcome back and thank you for bringing the Open Book Tour to the UK. How did the idea of this tour came around and what was the main reason behind these intimate shows?
Justin: Thank you. The Open Book Tour came around when honestly I got clean, when I decided to stop drinking and using any kind of drug besides coffee. And when you get clean, you have to make amends to people, you have to go to the people you’ve hurt when you were in that place and you have to apologize to them and let them know that you’ve realized you’ve done wrong, and then ask for forgiveness. So that’s where it sprang from, when I was working with my sponsor and I was going around to all these people in my life telling them that I was wrong and I promised to make living amends and every day to be a better person, and asking what can I do to make up for that. So that’s when I realized that not only the people in my life got hurt but everybody that’s been listening to me and supporting me. I kind of put them through a lot too, you know.
So I needed to tell the story in a way, like putting 12 songs together, from Black Orchid to Bleed Out and Not Broken Anymore, and tell the story of how it happened. So just like I am making amends with you, I tell you what happened, what led up to it, what I did and what I’m gonna do to make it better, I need to let people know where it came from, what I did and where I’m at now and what I’ve promised to do, not for them to go “Oh look at him, he’s still tortured”, it’s more about showing that this is a rebirth, this is a good, positive thing and this is how I live my life today. And because of the past, I’ve been focused so much on the negative, I want to show you guys this new life that I found and this positivity which all came from the amends that I had to make. So that’s where the Open Book story came from.
Talking about Fear. What was on your mind when you wrote this track?
My daughter. I was sober, I just got out of rehab and three weeks later I had a daughter. I was in rehab the whole time my wife was pregnant you know, so my wife was pretty bad ass, which says a lot for what she probably had to go through. So I don’t say that lightly, I say that with a heavy heart. But when she was born, it was such an amazing thing. I’d already had a kid before but that was such a terrible feeling around that, not having her, just what happened after that. But this was pure, there was this lady that loved me and I loved her so it was so different, and when I started going into writing I was just like, I gotta write a song about my daughter. I wrote it with my buddy Blue Miller who I named my first daughter after and I took it back to my roots where we first started out, back in Nashville and wrote it for her.
Plus the big thing when you’re getting clean is fear. It’s a big thing you learn about, you know. Every day, everybody’s scared of something, but every day I wake up and just say man, take my fear away, the thy will be done and let’s just walk. As long as you’re honest, as long as you’re straight and do the next right thing.
Let’s talk the documentary & live CD/DVD you are releasing through Pledge music. How long has this been in making?
I’ve been making this film for two and half years now and basically the whole point of it was to start shooting when I got clean and what does it take for someone to stay sober in this business. And then the story of Sway, and the story of Blue October and how they all intertwined and how the fans lift us up, how the music lifts us up and how through music, I am able to stay clean. The live DVD is just gonna be awesome, like Argue With A Tree but better. It’s going to have all the songs from Foiled, Approaching Normal, Any Man In America and Sway. We’ve put out a teaser over at Pledge.
Make sure you read the whole interview over on Music Gets Me By.
Justin Furstenfeld – London – October 17, 2014
Blue October will be performing in Dallas on December 17th at 103.7 KVIL’s Not So Silent Night. Justin called the radio station and talked to a couple of their DJ’s. They talked about coffee, kids, Blue October fans, touring and more. The interview isn’t embeddable so I can’t post it here, you can listen to it on their site.
Angèle Delahoussaye is auctioning five extremely rare Blue October Consent to Treatment posters and a Blue October Blvd sign from San Marcos, Texas. 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will be donated to Liam’s Lions and will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. The posters will be signed by all of the guys in the band and will be personalized by Matt Noveskey. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on some very unique Blue October merchandise and contribute to a good cause at the same time!! All auction information can be found here.
Remember: you can contribute to Liam’s Lions Buddy Walk here.
Blue October has launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their upcoming live concert DVD and CD and a documentary about the band.
We are excited to launch this very special PledgeMusic campaign that with your support will enable us to complete and release a documentary film that we have been shooting over the last few years.
This will also empower us to shoot our first live concert DVD in over ten years, performing our favorite songs from our last four albums.
Along with the live concert CD and live concert DVD and your very own copy of the documentary film, you’ll find some amazing, unique exclusives, from limited edition posters and t-shirts to creative writing sessions with Justin and red carpet pre-screening events of the documentary film.
We can’t thank you enough for your support on the Sway PledgeMusic campaign and are excited for you to be a part of these new projects. We will send out exclusive updates throughout the process, giving you an inside look into the creation of both the live dvd, live cd, and the documentary film.
As they did with the Sway PledgeMusic Campaign, Blue October is offering some amazing perks. Get all the information about the campaign here.
Make sure you request Fear on your local radio stations!! This is one of the simplest way you can support the band! A list of radio stations and their contact information can be found here.
Justin talked to RXP103.9 in Colorado Springs. They talked about what to expect at on of his acoustic shows, songwriting, acting, dealing with haters, the Fear video, his influence on fans and much more.
It’s that time of year again!! The time of year when we all get to show our support to Liam’s Lions at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas Annual Buddy Walk.
This year’s Buddy Walk is on Sunday, October 19th at the Reunion Ranch in Georgetown, Texas. If you live in the area you can sign up to attend the walk. Even if you don’t live nearby you can help! You can donate to Liam’s Lions. Registration and donation information can be found here. This year the team is selling t-shirts as well. You can order a shirt here.
Matt and Regan have shared this beautiful video about Liam. (I’ll admit it, I teared up. It’s very touching.)
Please donate to this amazing cause if you can!!! If you can’t, please share this post with your friends! The more awareness we can raise, the better! The money raised from the annual Buddy Walk goes towards programs, services and support for children with Down Syndrome and their families.