Justine Dorsey talks about her EP “Under Construction”

Justine Dorsey is an award winning singer/songwriter who has had her music featured recently on the new MTV series “Big Tips Texas”. Justine also released a new EP in October of last year titled and MediaMikes.com had the chance to speak with her about the creation of the EP, how she got in to music and about her popular YouTube channel.

Adam Lawton: What was it that interested you in pursuing a career in music?
Justine Dorsey: I actually became an actor first. That was something that I really loved and one day my mom took me to a musical theater audition and I think by doing musical theater that’s really where my love for music came from. I started singing first and then learned guitar and piano in my early teens. I paired those things up and began writing music which has been my love ever since.

AL: Can you tell us about your recent EP release and why you chose to cover the song “Put on a Happy Face”?
JD: In October I released a new EP titled “Under Construction”. I am excited for people to hear this as it is all original music that I wrote except for “Put on a Happy Face”. I am really proud of how the EP turned out and I finally feel like I am in the right place for my music. I ended up choosing “Put on a Happy Face” because I had been working with a licensing company who had the rights to that catalog. They gave me some options of songs to work on with “Happy Face” being one of them. This was actually how I met my label. I was paired up with producer Bruce Witkan and we ended up working really well together. Bruce became a big fan of my music and that’s how I subsequently ended up with my label.

AL: What types of steps do you take personally when creating a song?
JD: I don’t stick to one particular formula when I am writing. Things can be very unpredictable as to when and how they come out. A song might start with a simple phrase or I have a basic chord progression that I start with. I love that it’s never the same way every time.

AL: You have a song featured on MTV’s “Big Tips Texas”. How did that opportunity come about?
JD: I work with several licensing companies that send out my songs for consideration to be used in commercials and television. This was the first one that we had gotten back asking to use the song. I had never heard of the show but once I was able to see it I loved it. This ended up being a really great feature for my music and I am very happy about that.

AL: You are very involved with your YouTube channel. Can you tell us about that?
JD: I started out doing videos for some friends of mines YouTube channel and that sort of opened my eyes to some new ways of making videos for the site. I want everything that goes on there to look and sound good. I think when you take things to a higher level of production it makes things just that much more exciting. I have started to film my own videos for the channel and it’s a way for me to explore the visual side of music. I have a video on the channel for my song “Under Construction” and that’s probably one of my favorite. Working on that was such a great process. I didn’t come up with the idea but I really love it and recommend people going to check out.

AL: Have you started planning to tour in support of the release at all?
JD: I have a lot of shows planned in the Los Angeles area however nothing really has been set up outside of California. Right now I am focusing on local shows but am definitely looking forward to the day where I can travel around playing my music.

Blu-ray Review “Marquis de Sade’s Justine”

Directed by: Chris Boger
Starring: Glory Annen, Jeannie Collings, Jennifer Guy, Katherine Kath, Martin Potter
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Distributed: Redemption Films
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Running Time: 109 minutes

Film: 2 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

The film is written and narrated by Marquis de Sade himself, though is rather bland a bit boring. The other notable aspect was that Roger Deakins, shot this film and has since went onto films like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “No Country for Old Men”. Though beautiful shot, the film does not have any legs to keep you entertained and interested throughout. If you are looking to check out the work of Sade in films, I recommend his related work in 2000’s “Quills”. Though “Justine” is one of his more notable novels, I just wasn’t completely drawn in for the feature version.

The film is a story story of two sisters, one morally pure and one full of lust, who are cast out into a world ruled by crude desires. The girls are faced with the murder, prostitution, bondage and branding. These are all aspects that can only be told by Marquis de Sade. It is a tale of desires, pleasures and corruption of the innocence. The two completely different sisters needs to find a way to break free of this world before they are encompassed.

The 1080p transfer is good but not out of this world. Redemption has done a lot better in the past for sure. The audio includes a LPCM 2.0 track, which works well but is also nothing special for this film. The special features are also not very impressive. There are some standard definition interviews from director Chris Boger and screenwriter Ian Cullen. There is “Alternate Title Sequences”, which includes the English and French titles. Lastly there is also the Theatrical Trailer and Photo Gallery included.