Who is the Secret Songs of Us?
My name is Justin Yost and I used to be the lead singer of a band called Everyone Dies In Utah on Tragic Hero Records. I’m just a normal dude who loves music and writes a whole bunch of it so I don’t go crazy.
Why have you decided to have a second Indiegogo campaign?
After I ran the first campaign and released my EP called “Essentials of Human Emotion” I had a really great response from folks. After a few months I received a good amount of people on FB and Twitter asking me to make a full length album. I thought about it for a long time and after recently welcoming my first son into the world this past July, one thought just kept popping into my head which was “I want my son to be in high school, listen to his dad’s old music, and beam with pride”. I want to make music my son will be proud of. I felt like I hadn’t completely accomplished that yet, so I’m giving it another shot with a full length record if I can get it fully funded.
Where does your name come from?
Let me answer that first by telling you the meaning behind my band named, “The Secret Songs of Us”. Basically, everyone has a special song with someone they love, right? There’s always that song that can come on the radio and it makes you think of your first love in high school. Or you hear a song in a movie and no matter what’s going on in that movie you’re now just thinking about how your mom used to dance around the house singing that song when you were a kid. Those are secret songs between the two of you that you never even have to talk about. They just… are what they are. A secret song for something really special. I wanted to create songs that capture that idea. I want to write someone’s secret song.
What is your new song “Falling” about?
With that being said, “Falling” is about falling in love with someone at night. In my mind I just see a nervous couple on one of their first dates and as the night progresses along they fall harder and harder for one another under the city lights. The pre-chorus lyrics are “I love the city lights when they’re reflecting in your sparkling eyes”. That image is a really beautiful one to me. Here’s to hoping “Falling” will someday be someone’s secret song!
What was your inspiration behind this song?
I, myself, fell in love under city lights in New York City with my wife, Katie. She attended school there while I was on tour. So usually when I had the privilege of seeing her it was in the Big Apple under those amazing Times Square lights.
Being in a band and a solo artist. What are the advantages of being a solo artist?
Being a solo artist is great in the sense that I don’t have to explain anything to anyone. I don’t have to fight with anyone about the vision of a song or the parts that make up that song. It for sure has it’s downsides too. It gets lonely. I like the brotherhood that comes with being in a band. To this day I’ll say that some of my favorite memories were made with Taylor, Cody, Dustin, JMo, Nathan, Trey, and Danny while we were on tour as Everyone Dies In Utah. You can’t fake that kind of fellowship.
What is your songwriting process like?
I tend to write backwards. Normally you’d come up with a cool guitar riff, or a really unique keyboard sound/sample and build around that. I’ve written that way before (A Glowing Core Through The Glass Floor which was on Polarities by EDIU started that way. I just found this cool sound and built the first demo around it) but normally I will write a chorus first. I want to write the catchiest hooks I can, so I’ll sit at work or on a drive and just hum melodies to myself. Like… all the time. Ask my wife, friends, and co-workers. It’s probably pretty annoying. Anywho, I usually just throw in words that don’t make sense until I have a melody I really like. Sometimes words will just come naturally. 31st and 9th from my first EP was like that. The words just were always there. I didn’t have to think about it at all. Other times I really have to sit down, ask myself how the vibe and sound of the song is making me feel, and write lyrics that fit the melody that also make sense. Writing this and reading it back makes my process seem so hard! Haha! Why do I write this way?! Oh well.
What are your plans for 2016?
My current plans are to fund this full length album, play two shows, one full band and one intimate acoustic, and record two music videos. One for a song called “Sick” that I finished recording on Tuesday and the other for “Simply Me 3” which will only get recorded if my album gets funded. Other than that, I just want to enjoy my life! I had a crazy 2015 and would love to have a relaxing 2016 with my family and friends.
Where can people find more information about your music and Indiegogo campaign?
The link for the Indiegogo fundraiser is http://igg.me/at/momentsinslowmotion/x/4879654 “Falling” is on that page so if anyone is interested in listening to it, you can check it out there. For anyone who is interested in learning anything else I have a bunch of videos on my The Secret Songs of Us Youtube including my whole first EP. I also love to respond to folks through FB and Twitter. So if you have something you want to know, I’m always available.