Justin Caruso is taking the electronic music world by storm as he continues to put out music and perform in a way that causes his fan base to steadily grow with each individual endeavor.
More recently he announced several performances at some of the best music festivals to take place this season, as well as dropping new tracks and remixes alongside some of the biggest industry professionals. We had the chance to catch up with the artist during Miami Music Week after his set at the Spinnin’ Hotel to talk about musical collaborations, touring, and what’s next for Justin Caruso.
How are you enjoying Miami Music Week so far?
Loving it! It’s one of my favorite weeks. Being here is incredible, just running into friends and playing shows, its great!
What was your favorite part of your set today?
I have fun with Miami shows cause I can switch it up from my regular style. Like today I played a pool party so I was able to do a deep house set which is something I never really get to usually do. I had fun with that, making deep house edits of my own songs and such.
Earlier this month you released a new track with 3LAU, “Better With You.” How was it working with 3LAU and what was the creative process like?
It’s great working with 3LAU! He’s like a brother to me. He honestly gave me my first chance. We toured together 3 years ago and ever since then we just became best friends and working together has always been pretty natural since we were on the road together. As far as the creative process, I had the topline and the idea and I sent it over to him and he loved it. Then we were on tour together in Boston and we were in his hotel room and we just spent a couple of hours working on it and we just kind of knocked it out. It was great to finally have a song out together.
You’re gearing up for some big festivals later this year, what are you most excited for with the coming festival season?
I’m playing Chasing Summer, which I’m super excited about. I’ve always watched their livestreams and their videos so to be a part of it alongside some amazing artists is like a dream come true.
I’ve been obsessed with your track through Ninjawerks, “If We Stay” featuring Ivy Adara since you released it. What was the experience like working on this project?
That song is great! I’ve actually had that song in the works for like almost two to three years now. Emily Warren wrote the song and she sent me the idea a long time ago because I was a huge fan of hers. I remixed “Until You Were Gone'” by The Chainsmokers and she sang on it. Ever since then, we kind of stayed connected and she sent me this idea and I loved it. We worked on it but I never really had a chance to put it out so when the whole Ninjawerks project came forward they needed a song pretty quick and I had “If We Stay” like 80% done so I thought that was a perfect opportunity to finish it and get it out.
You recently remixed Two Friends’ “With My Homies” and we love it! What made you want to remix this track?
I love those two guys! We actually grew up together. We went to the same school and grew up in the same area. They sent me that song and asked me if I wanted to remix it and I said I was 100% in. I recently did a couple of shows with them as well, it was perfect timing and right after I finished the remix.
You just finished touring with Tiesto at the end of 2018, how was that experience?
That’s unreal. I still have to pinch myself. He’s the nicest guy I’ve ever met and so supportive. He always texts me and checks in on me, what I’m working on and how my shows are going. Touring with him was awesome. The crowds were incredible.
Your “Best Day Ever” tribute for Mac Miller that you released earlier this year was so touching and special. As an artist, what made you want to create this tribute?
I listened to Mac Miller growing up–I think most people did–so him passing away was kind of a hit on music and so many different things and I wanted to kind of find a way to pay tribute to his music since I enjoy it so much. I wanted to do a cover of it but I didn’t want to do anything too crazy. It’s kind of chill, and I just wanted to put it on SoundCloud for people to enjoy. I didn’t think it was fair to try to release on Spotify or try to make any money out of it. I wanted to do something special for him.
What are your biggest plans for 2019 with your musical career?
My biggest thing right now is trying to release as much music as possible. I’m finally at a point where I have so many songs done and I want to put them out to the world. I hope to release at least a song every month, maybe more than that. And I’m planning for a big fall tour coming up. I want to line up all my music and be ready for the tour.
I’ve seen photos of your adorable dog Obi and I have to ask you to tell me a little bit about him!
He’s a mini labradoodle. Being away from him is the worst but he’s the absolute best. Whenever I get back from tour, he’s patiently waiting for me. Having him has definitely changed my life. He comes to the studio with me and once he gets a little older I want to bring him on tour with me as well.