Meet the Bands talked to Justin about Bleed Out, the upcoming Sway video, getting sober, meeting his wife, and much more.
When Blue October was in Abilene last week Justin stopped by Rock 108 for an interview. This four part interview is long but it is a great interview so it’s worth the time. They talked about sobriety, Sway, Tori Vasquez, the Bleed Out video, C.B. being back in the band and much more.
Blue October’s new single, Sway, is now available for radio request. Please contact your local radio stations and request it!! There is a very comprehensive list of radio stations and their conctact information located here on the Blue October forum, Open Book. Most radio stations make it really easy to request songs online. Most radio stations also accept requests via Twitter so if you have an account make sure follow your local stations and let them know you want to hear Sway.
This is one of the easiest and best ways to help support the band!! Please request daily!!
InsideSTL interviewed Justin when Blue October was in St. Louis for the Ho Ho Show on December 9th. They talked about touring Russia, the Sway Tour, C.B. being back in the band, what is next for Blue October and much, much more. As always, Justin from InsideSTL gives us a great, in-depth interview.
St. Louis’s 105.7 The Point interviewed Justin before sound check for the Ho Ho Show. Justin talked about their crazy, snowy journey to get to St. Louis, songwriting and Sway. Then they performed Sway and Bleed Out.
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.
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.