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I Need A Break: JMJ Update 12/19/12

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by jmjbassplayer, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Well, it's been quite a year! Here's some stuff that happened in my life:

    - M83 blew up. Midnight City went to the Top 10 and gold certification in lots of countries. Album likewise very strong selling despite all odds and had some nice mentions in various "Best of 2011" lists.

    - Got the Grammy nom for M83.

    - Produced the Neon Trees record, and it blew up.

    - Produced a Neon Trees song for the "Frankenweenie" soundtrack.

    - Produced three songs for Tegan & Sara's upcoming.

    - Produced upcoming Paramore and co-wrote five songs with them for that.

    - Started a record with Crystal Fighters.

    - Got engaged!

    - Moved house.

    - Built up my studio right, after mass destruction caused by a flood.

    - Did a bunch of Beck shows including an Australian tour last month.

    - Recorded a bunch with Beck.

    - Did some bass sessions like Jason Mraz, Keaton Henson, and some others.

    - Music directed Neon Trees and M83 tours.

    Phew. Now I need a bit of a break 'cuz I'm tired. Tons of gratitude over here, though! So glad to have been busy with lots of fun stuff.

    Back to guitars...have a good evening!
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    Slacker! :)
  3. ShoeManiac


    Jan 19, 2006
    New Jersey
    Damn, dude! That's a full year by anyone's yardstick. And definitely some great work that you should be proud of. And most of all, congratulations on getting engaged!

    How you find time to stop by and check in with us at TB from time to time is beyond me! But thanks for doing just that. You really give us some cool insights across a range of topics, and it's much appreciated.
  4. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    Much to be proud of there. You're living the dream. Congrats on the engagement!
  5. Pirkka


    Apr 12, 2008
    Looks like one hell of a year! :D Congratulations on the engagement!!!
  6. T Bassman

    T Bassman Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Youre an inspiring artist man. What a year for you! Congrats on your Engagement! Happy Holidays JMJ!
  7. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    You are one of the luckiest person on this planet.
  8. Hizzoner

    Hizzoner Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago area
    A memorable year and some great things undoubtedly to come...said as I play UNO moo with my little girls.... Happy and fruitful new year to you and yours
  9. ETThompson


    Jan 3, 2011
    nice Work Justin!
  10. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    I am? Tell me more...
  11. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Thanks y'all! Good times. Onward and upward....happy holidays, great new year. Talk soon.

  12. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Jeez, Justin, you were busy! But this sounds so exciting! I didn't know you were bassin' up for M83. Too cool.

    And congrats on getting engaged. That is wonderful news.
  13. marmadaddy


    Oct 17, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    luck = modicum of talent x (bucketloads of determination + a few metric f*&ktons of work + 1 heaping helping of singlemindedness)
  14. Fuzz Aldrin

    Fuzz Aldrin

    Apr 5, 2012
    That sounds like a great year, minus the flooding of course. Congrats on everything. I'm sure it is hard to turn down work, especially with projects you really want to work on, but take a break man. You owe it to yourself.
  15. Big John66

    Big John66

    Feb 12, 2008
    Congrats on a great year! The Neon Trees and M83 albums both kill. Both are records that me and my kids can get into, which is rare anymore. Thanks for all your hard work.
  16. To you JMJ, and everyone else on here, I hope your 2013 is even better and more kickass than 2012.....congrats!
  17. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Man, what an awesome year! Congrats!
  18. JavierFarias


    Feb 9, 2011
    I think this is the closest I've been to a celebrity, post #18. yay!! hahaha!

    Congrats and happy holidays!
  19. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    I agree. But doing what you love to do is not something that everyone regardless of talent or hardwork can have in there lifetime.
  20. kevbass5


    Jan 18, 2008

    My name is Justin Meldal-Johnsen.

    And I am a super bad mushroom cloud layin mutherfukka.

    "Hi Justin!"