Interview with Justin Goodson, vocalist for Days to Come
Updated: Mar 3, 2020
Blending pop-styled vocal melodies with heavier, intricate instrumentation, the Georgia based hard rock band Days To Come works tirelessly at taking their brand of positive as far as it can go. Striving for professionalism & honesty, DTC focuses on solid songwriting and high energy live shows as well as growing & maintaining their fan-base by interacting via social networking.
With the release of Siren (2019), Wolves (2019), & Vultures (2019), the band began to cement their sound. Drawing inspiration from the cultures they've experiences from touring the southeastern United States over the past five years, DTC believes in connecting with people from all walks of life & growing their family.
SPR (VIMH): Hi Justin, congrats on your new single Ashes!
Justin: Thank you so much!
SPR (VIMH): What's the significance of naming the song Ashes?
Justin: Lyrically, Ashes is about letting go of the negative and moving forward. Ashes symbolizes the death of something and the birth of something else.
SPR (VIMH): What do the lyrics talk about? Who are your influences?
Justin: The lyrics for Ashes are positive. They're about moving on from a negative situation and I feel like everyone has gone through something negative at sometime in their life. I hope that this song resonates with who it needs to and encourages them to continue moving forward. I really love Alter Bridge. Their massive dynamics and textures of their music have always drawn me in. They've been a big influence on me as an artist.
SPR (VIMH): Which are those elements that separate your new single from your previous singles?
Justin: I definitely feel like this single is reaching for more. We've pushed ourselves farther with Ashes than we have with any of our previously released singles and we're circling our sound.
SPR (VIMH): How would you characterize Ashes and what are your expectations from the new single?
Justin: It's fast, intricate, "sing-songy", and punchy. It has a lot of flavors of modern rock, but with a sneaky odd time signature in the second verse and my vocal melodies, it's a little different than what's currently out there on modern rock radio.
SPR (VIMH): How was Ashes written? Where did you record the song?
Justin: I'm not sure how long I've had the vocal melody and lyrics for the chorus; at least a year and a half or so. I remember singing the chorus and Brandon had some ideas for some intricate guitar work and chord choices. Jalen came up with the perfect drums to compliment it and it was finished. We tracked the drums at Earthsound Studios in Valdosta, GA. We tracked everything else on our own and we had it mixed and mastered at Earthsound Studios.
SPR (VIMH): How's the fans' reaction been to the new single at your live show so far?
Justin: So far so good! Our fans have been letting us know how much they enjoy the song. That's always such a wonderful feeling. It's been a lot of fun to play at shows!
SPR (VIMH): Do you prefer to be on the road or in the studio writing and recording?
Justin: I enjoy both. They're different experiences and I appreciate them equally. I love playing shows, meeting and connecting with people, and traveling. I also love writing and coming up with melodies. Sometimes, it feels like a good melody can fix anything.
SPR (VIMH): How did you come up with the name Days To Come initially?
Justin: Years ago, Brandon and I were frustrated that we had all of the pieces to put a band together except for a drummer. I was at my day job one day and just thought that everything would work out and it would be better in the "days to come".
SPR (VIMH): How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn't heard of you before?
Justin: We're a rock band that enjoys progressive elements and pop styled vocal melodies.
SPR (VIMH): Which do you consider to be the best male and female vocalist in rock/metal history?
Justin: Justin - Honestly, I don't really like to categorize vocalists into genres. They're either good or they aren't (subjective I know). I'm not super familiar with screamers, so I couldn't tell you if that's what "metal" vocalists we're talking about. I've always enjoyed Steve Perry (Journey), Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Brent Smith (Shinedown), Joan Jett, and Lzzy Hale (Halestorm).
SPR (VIMH): Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
Justin: I've always loved AB3 (the third Alter Bridge record). It's thematically deep and dark. There's a lot going on lyrically and musically on that record and it's always enjoyable to listen to.
SPR (VIMH): Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
Justin: Probably the soundtrack for the Lord of the Rings. Howard Shore continues to push the limits of what music is capable of producing. The dynamics, emotions, and feelings projected are a stunning display of the creativity we can possess as humans.
SPR (VIMH): If you had the chance to travel in time... where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
Justin: The past. I wanna meet the guy that invented pizza and give him a hug. He's a true champion.