*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Capitol Music Group*
|Justus Bennetts unveils the magnetic new single and video “Don’t Trip” with teen hitmaker GAYLE. The acoustic alt-pop DIY anthem thrives on the same introspective hooks, unapologetic lyrics and brash vocal delivery that propelled both self-made artists to stardom. Listen HERE and watch the Lillie Wojick (JP Saxe, ILLENIUM, Chelsea Cutler) directed music video HERE. |
“Don’t Trip” finds the North Carolina newcomer observing his peers’ questionable behavior while remaining true to himself. He was once overcome by loneliness—“I used to want to have a conversation every night, would always search for someone to fill the hole in my life”—but now he opts for carefree living. His collaborator is of a similar mindset. “All my friends keep hitting me up, they’re sick of waiting for replies,” GAYLE belts in her verse, later joining Justus for the chorus: “‘Cause it takes me so much time just to make up my own mind.”
The lighthearted video was filmed at Cindy’s Eagle Rock in Los Angeles —a traditional American 1950s style diner. Together, Justus and GAYLE vibe as disgruntled diner employees living their lives to the fullest – indulging on a patron’s meal, kicking their feet up on the walls and having a full-on dance party in the kitchen —pots and pans galore.
|“Don’t Trip” follows Justus’ nostalgic alt-pop November smash “Cool Kids,” which galvanized late-bloomers everywhere, as well as other 2021 standouts “Bad Day” and “Nightstand.” Overall, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter has tallied over 120 million streams in less than a year with only seven singles out. Similarly, GAYLE has rocked to prominence via “abcdefu.” The Gold-certified breakup anthem broke through to the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and boosted the 17-year-old breakout sensation to the top of coveted charts such as Billboard Global 200 and Emerging Artists. GAYLE has racked up over 925 million streams to date. |
“Don’t Trip” arrived as Justus prepared to join GAYLE for 10 shows on her Feeling It Together Tour. See the Justus Bennetts tour dates below including stops at the SunFest and BottleRock festivals. Tickets are available HERE.
Justus Bennetts Tour Dates:
4/3 Toronto, ON Drake Underground
4/5 Chicago, IL Subterranean
4/6 Chicago, IL Subterranean
4/7 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
4/9 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
4/12 Seattle, WA Barboza
4/13 Portland, OR Holocene
4/15 San Francisco, CA Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop
4/30 West Palm Beach, FL SunFest Festival
5/27 Napa Valley, CA BottleRock Festival
|(photo credit: Joseph Morrison) |
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ABOUT JUSTUS BENNETTS:
Justus Bennetts knows what it’s like to feel alone. Drawing on the uncertainty and insecurity of adolescence, he crafts genre-blurring pop songs mixed with hip-hop and rock that are meant to comfort anyone who’s ever felt out of place or isolated. Across his 2021 singles—see April’s slow-burning “Nightstand,” the brash, R&B-influenced “Bad Day” and November’s nostalgic alt-pop cut “Cool Kids”—Justus has demonstrated a unique knack for reaching people where they’re at. That’s been his goal since he was a “confused kid trying to find my way” in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Thrown into a high school where he didn’t know another soul after a move across the country, he gravitated toward music to process his new surroundings. After working as a car salesman, he decided to take his songs seriously, converting his laundry room into a studio. In that space, his belief that music could be his future was born. Justus has since focused on writing the most magnetic opening lines possible, catching ears right away with lyrics that cut deep. He caught the attention of his manager with the punky revenge anthem “Replace You” and since then Justus racked up over 120 million global streams in just eight months. But Justus isn’t interested in fleeting success—he wants his songs to resonate. “I just hope people 10 years down the line can still think, ‘Justus makes the most relatable songs,’” he says. “I want to connect with people and I want people to connect with my music.”
Fearlessly honest and undeniably magnetic, 17-year-old singer/songwriter GAYLE creates the kind of self-possessed pop music that’s empowering for both artist and audience. Since making her debut with the boldly confessional “dumbass”—a heavily playlisted track that premiered in early 2020—the Nashville-based musician has independently released a series of singles built on her unfiltered yet beautifully nuanced brand of songwriting. Now signed to Atlantic Records/Arthouse Records, GAYLE is gearing up to share a new batch of songs revealing her larger-than-life personality and willingness to expose her deepest insecurities and desires. Her now RIAA Gold-certified debut Atlantic single “abcdefu” has racked up over 925M streams to date and hit #6 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” after reaching #1 on a range of charts, including sitting at #1 for four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Global 200 and #1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts for 6 weeks and counting. Recently featured as YouTube’s “Artist On The Rise,” an Amazon “Artist to Watch 2022,” an MTV February “Global Push Artist” and one of Billboard’s “21 Under 21: The Ones To Watch,” further press highlights include a Billboard magazine Chartbreakers feature that highlights GAYLE’s chart-topping success with “abcdefu.” GAYLE made her late night network TV debut earlier this year with a captivating interview and electrifying performance of “abcdefu” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Her follow-up track “ur just horny” is set to be another success, amassing over 15M streams in just the first month of its release. Currently at work on her debut project, GAYLE is intent on making music that offers her listeners a certain emotional freedom.