This week's Inside The Vision is a bit different because it's featuring myself! I wanted to give anyone reading these interviews a chance to know more about who I am. I touch on some of my passions and explain more about myself! If you've been checking these interviews out, I appreciate you!
Before we get into questions, can you give readers a brief introduction of yourself?
My name is Ben Justice, I’m a student at Illinois State and from the suburbs of Chicago. I’m very passionate about music and love to photograph concerts, write about music, and listen to new artists. I love to connect with passionate people which is what led me to doing interviews for Purpose In The Youth.
When and how did you discover your passion for the music industry?
I’ve always loved music! Things really started to click when I was in high school and found myself watching a ton of interviews and learning more about artists + the culture. Eventually that led to photographing live performances and artists. I fell in love with it during the first show and I’ve been doing it ever since. Since November 2016, I’ve had the chance to photograph Logic, Future, Migos, Jon Bellion, Quinn XCII, and many more. After becoming so immersed in the music scene, I wanted to help artists. I work with a few Chicago artists on a variety of things!
What progression have you seen throughout your journey?
I’ve learned so much over the past couple years but most importantly, get out there and meet people. I owe any success I’ve had to other people that helped me get there. Whether it’s someone approving a photo pass or giving me a shot to interview them, it all comes back to someone giving me a shot. I’ve learned that if you believe in yourself, others will too. They’ll give you that shot when no one else will because you want it more than anyone. I’ve learned that things take time and if you keep your head down, they’ll work out.
What is your favorite memory over the past few years?
There are so many that I could name but one of them is interviewing Getter at Lollapalooza 2017. It was one of the first interviews I did and it went better than I expected. The conversation was real and I felt like I asked the right questions. As a lover of hip hop, I spoke to him about his work with Pouya, his own rap alias “Terror Reid” and so much more. It was one of the moments that I realized anything is possible if you just go out there and try it.
Who have been your biggest influences in your journey?
My family has been one of the biggest influences without a doubt. From my mom, to my girlfriend, to my brother in law, they always support in whatever I want to do. In music, I’d say my biggest influences are Chris Zarou, Greg Noire, and so many more. I love to listen to podcasts and watch YouTube videos from people that I can learn from.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself starting a company / brand to help artists. I love to see people win and help them to get where they were destined for. I’ve always loved to help people and combining that with music has helped me grow as a person.
If you could work with one artist, who would it be?
Jon Bellion hands down. He’s a musical genius and I’d love to see the way he works in the studio. He is an innovator and that is something I always try to do. There’s a handful of people I’d love to work with but Bellion takes the top spot.
What advice would you give to someone following their passion?
When I ask this question every week, I get a completely different answer. Whether it’s never stop or surround yourself with the right people, it all relates back to the passion. If you have a fire burning inside of you for something, chase after it. If you don’t you’ll end up regretting it and envying the ones who went after it. The worst that can happen is failure… that’s when you get back up and try again. Never stop chasing that passion!
If you're interested in being a part of Inside The Vision, follow me on Twitter @basicben and Instagram @benjustice. I appreciate you taking the time to read and learn more about the man behind Inside The Vision!