Groove – Episode #110: Justin Smolian

Justin Smolian

Justin Smolian and his band, Dirty Honey, are back to rock you out with their latest head-turner, Can’t Find The Breaks. Justin’s journey with Dirty Honey is akin to a rock and roll fairy tale, with a twist of gritty realism.

Dirty Honey, a band that shot to fame with a no-nonsense, back-to-basics rock sound, found in Justin not just a bassist, but a sonic alchemist. He’s the guy who infuses the band’s sound with a rich bass, songwriting and playing style that brings every era of rock together into something modern. This album sees him straddling the fine line between the classic and the contemporary, plucking out rhythms that resonate with the soul of traditional rock, while flirting outrageously with modern sensibilities. But let’s rewind a bit.

Before Dirty Honey, before the whirlwind of rock stardom, Justin was a student of the strings, exploring the vast terrains of the bass… and classical guitar. His early days were a melting pot of influences, a musical smorgasbord that he feasted on, each genre adding a new layer to his playing style. From jazz’s intricate melodies to the pulsating rhythms of funk, he absorbed it all, crafting a style that’s uniquely his. Fast forward to Dirty Honey, and you see these influences manifest in a style that’s as eclectic as it is electrifying.

In a world where rock music constantly evolves, Justin is a beacon of both innovation and tradition. His bass playing isn’t just a part of Dirty Honey’s music; it’s the heartbeat, driving the band’s sound with an energy that’s as infectious as it is fun and fresh. His story is one of passion, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of that perfect groove.

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