JustsJusts won the right to sing for Latvia in Stockholm after winning the Latvian national selection, Supernova, in February. The young and aspiring 21 year old singer will be representing his home country at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Heartbeat, written by last year’s Latvian Eurovision representative Aminata.
Justs launched his solo career by participating in Latvia’s national Eurovision selection. He names Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, The Neighbourhood and Glass Animals among his musical influences.
Justs' diverse musical activities include providing lead vocals for Latvian hip-hop artists Gacho on the record as well as live on tour and being part of funk-rock band TaxFree and Bunch of Gentlemen. Justs began his musical journey as a street musician in Riga.
Justs studies at Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy to become a vocal coach for popular and jazz music and his long-term goal is opening an alternative music school. Additionally he has teamed up with his friends and is in process of creating an APP that he himself describes as Tinder for musicians.
Things you should know about Justs
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- I have hitchhiked with my guitar from Latvia to Paris and back.
- I have worked as a musical teacher with mentally ill children.
- I have graduated best at high school in Latvia with highest marks in maths.
Everything I do, I do with all my heart and I do it well, whether it is sport, music, business, organizational task or anything else.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I always do this hand thing with musicians I perform with: we stand in a circle and put our hands together and scream something in the end.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It is a big international platform for music, and my dream is to conquer the top of the music world, so this is a very important step to make to fulfill my dream.