Justin Klump

Justin Klump

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Whether playing solo, or with a band, at the core of Justin’s live show is a “certain mastery of the guitar”. Portland Classic Guitar declared Justin’s show to be “Stunning” & “Unforgettable”, & Entertainment World exclaimed “Here’s a young man whose voice and guitar play will knock your socks off".

Biography

Justin Klump isn’t the type of musician to sit around and wait for things to happen. A little more than 2 years ago, the Portland-based singer-songwriter quit his job to pursue music full-time. After 2 years of developing his career on his own, he is on the cusp of releasing his first full-length album Thousand Mile Dream. Built around his sophisticated guitar playing and acoustic folk-pop tendencies, the 11-song album is filled with solid musicianship, honest lyrics and refined songwriting.

Thousand Mile Dream opens with the anthemic “Someday Soon”; whose lyric “don’t try so hard, cause you will find it someday soon” captures the theme of the record, and even more so, of Justin’s life. The song, written following a conversation on an airplane, is a love-song about letting things, as opposed to forcing them to happen. In listening to the album, it’s obvious that as a musician and songwriter, Justin is not forcing anything.

The grandson of a Symphony conductor, Justin was raised with a respect for music, and a love for performing that is undeniable when watching him in concert. Whether playing solo, or with his band, at the core of Justin’s live show is a “certain mastery of the guitar”. Portland Classic Guitar declared Justin’s show to be “Stunning” and “Unforgettable!” and Entertainment World exclaimed “Here’s a young man whose voice and guitar play will knock your socks off!”

At the heart of these performances is a 25 year-old who is earning the respect of audiences across the country. Having played such venues as Qwest Arena in Boise, Hotel Café in Los Angeles and Aladdin Theater and Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Justin is distinguishing himself as a musician worth paying attention to. Logging thousands of miles driving and flying throughout the country, he has shared the stage with such notable acts as Everclear and Matt Nathanson.

In favor of a self-diagnosed need to perform, Justin has no intention of stopping anytime soon. “I want to get to a point where I can tour eight to ten months of the year and play constantly,” he says. “I love performing”. Not content with waiting on anyone else to build his career for him, Justin has built his career on his own because of a dream that originated when he started playing the guitar at 15. “Music has always been in my family, it’s such a part of who I am. I’d done music since I was born, but when I started playing the guitar and writing songs, the pieces fit. I knew what I had to do with my life.”

“The industry is hard, but when you’re on stage and you feel really good about what you’re putting out there and what people are giving back to you, it’s a wonderful payoff. It’s what makes all the frustrating feelings worth it.” On the brink of releasing his first full-length album, it’s clear that Justin is doing what he’s supposed to with his life. And, if you were to ask him, he’d tell you he’s doing it because he has to.

Discography

Thousand Mile Dream LP (2008)
Los Angeles Sessions EP (2007)
Something for September EP (2006)
October Sessions EP (2004)
All This on my Mind LP (2002)

Set List

60-95 minutes of original songs.