Blues artist Juzzie makes tough men cry
EVERYONE has a talent, and blues artist Juzzie Smith has a knack for 'breaking through big, tough men' with his music.
Justin 'Juzzie' Smith, 37, is a one-man band who can play up to five instruments at once. He takes entertainment to another level.
"I love to see people smile and that's a beautiful thing. I am good at breaking through big, tough men. Going from cross-armed, and the next minute they are clapping and crying and laughing and cheering," he said.
"It's pretty special."
Pulse had a chat with Juzzie before his debut at the annual Agnes Water Blues, Roots and Rock Festival in February.
He is among 21 acts for the two-day event.
"I am really looking forward to it and I have never been up there. I have been told a lot of beautiful things about the place and hopefully I will be able to stay longer than the festival," he said.
"The crowd can expect a one-man band they have never seen before. I have the best fun ever and I have learnt to play harmonica, juggling percussion, making beats and singing at the same time."
The father of two realised his true passion for music as a 13-year-old.
"My one-man band started when I became a father which was 11 years ago. I didn't like staying up late at pubs and I enjoyed the rhythm of going to markets and busking.
"I worked out you could busk anywhere and we (wife and child) travelled around Australia for a year in an old school bus," Juzzie said, talking from his Ocean Shores home near Byron Bay.
"I went to all different areas, spent a whole year on the road really. That defined me as a busker and I got to learn a lot about playing on the street."
Juzzie turned his 'school' bus into a 'cool' bus, taking the S and H out of the sign. He sold CDs and shared his unique music with people in small and large towns.
It's the joy that is brought to his audience's face that Juzzie loves the most.
"I love to connect with people and if people are stuck in a way there's always joy on top of it," he said.
"You know if kids dig it (music) you are on the right track, they love what I do which is special for me. I have taken over the Wiggles in an underground way!"
Juzzie adores children, particularly his own.
"I have worked out not to push music onto them but play it around them. They just pick up everything and are just natural at it," he said.
"I got my kids singing on my new album which is so cute. He busks with me, too.
"Sometimes he says 'can I do a song after your set?' and he plays ukulele which is really cute. He made $60 in five minutes once, I couldn't believe it."
Juzzie loves gardening and surfing.
"I love vegies, keeping the garden clean and keeping my chickens out of my garden. I also love bouncing on the trampoline, that's pretty fun," he laughed.
"I am not as fit as I used to be but I am pretty fit still. I am determined to do a back somersault this year."