Juzzie Smith – Independant, Unsigned Artist From Byron Bay, Australia.
Juzzie is a walking, talking, singing example of how it pays to follow your heart. Not that money is the point here – far from it. The real point is that Juzzie is one of those truly creative souls who makes a living out of doing something he absolutely loves.
As a young father, tired of late nights on the pub circuit, Juzzie made a conscious decision to leave the pubs and take his music to the people and the streets. So he took up busking, mostly at local markets on the NSW north coast, drawing bigger and more enthusiastic crowds each time he played. In this way Juzzie created a reputation for himself, becoming a true grassroots phenomenon. He is now also a festival circuit favorite, loved for his energetic and awe-inspiring live performances.
A true musical virtuoso, Juzzie gives performances that are marked by an amazing ability to play guitar, harmonica and percussion at the same time using all of his body. “it is like dancing with music” he said. It seems he is at home holding anything that makes a sound, and he combines this with a real rhythmic talent and a raw, warm vocal style. The result is truly engaging, mesmerizing music that makes you want to move and leaves you feeling inspired.
So how many instruments does he play? Well, it’s a bit more of a matter of what doesn’t he play? For a start he straps 8 harmonicas to his belt so he has quick access to the one in the right key. Then there’s the guitar, slide guitar and Cigar box guitar, Dan Moi (which is like a jew’s harp but from Vietnam), ukulele, and a range of percussion instruments that is infinite. And he not only sings, but has also mastered the difficult art of harmonic singing, producing two tones simultaneously with his voice.
With many of these instruments an integral part of his usual set, it isn’t hard to see that Juzzie has his hands pretty full on stage. Just when you think he couldn’t possibly do any more then comes the ultimate crowd stopper. Percussive Juggling. Try juggling three shaker balls creating amazing grooves and then playing harmonica at the same time. Now this is fun to watch.
Or as Juzzie put it: ‘Percussive juggling allows me to be more playful and connect with the audience in a way that everyone is together and smiling”
Juzzie Smith –
Juzzie Smith is a pure musician with a great feel for the blues and nature. He started playing the harmonica at the age of thirteen, and by the age of 23 had won the coveted Golden Harmonica at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Byron Bay Blues Blowout . Now an incredibly talented One Man Band who plays music all over the world with a distinct feeling of freedom pulsing from within it. As you listen you feel the joy and playfulness loved by all ages and from all walks of life. With a combination of Slide, Cigar Box and Acoustic guitars, harmonica, voice and Stompbox, this unique music is hard to place in just one category. It’s bluesy, folky, country music with a distinct passionate world flavour. He has refined his art to allow his body to become the conductor of his own orchestra playing up to five instruments at once. This music is ‘play-full’, fun and infectious; it makes your feet start tapping, your hips start moving and leaves you feeling inspired! 2015 has seen Juzzie have songs in the Blues charts all over the world and with the launch of his new album ‘Rise & Shine” will see him undertake his largest national and international tour in his musical history.
Juzzies shows are always a performance not to be missed and always a festival favorite, so jump at your chance to be part of his musical passion and to witness first hand such a truely talented Australian musical journeyman.