Justin’s a bus driver and while he spends his working day getting people from A to B, he spends his spare time on board the form of transportation too.
That’s because he’s turned one bus into a mobile music studio. The reason? He’s helping young, vulnerable people to see their potential and express their frustrations and worries through music. He visits different areas and also works with people from rival postcodes. This is more than music he says, “It’s about unifying areas that have been fragmented by violence”.
For me, this isn’t just about music. For me, this is beyond that.
It’s about unifying the areas that have been fragmented by violence.
Why a bus? Because if I did a studio in one area, some kids won’t come.
It’s as simple as that.
We tend to work with a lot of high-risk young people
cos those are the people that have been forced out
of education and also those are the people with big aspirations,
but education doesn’t always match up to what their aspirations are.
The people that are here today,
they’re here cos they want to create music and it’s a good environment.
Body rockin’! Body rockin’! Body rockin’!
I’ve seen my best friends killed.
I’ve also seen my friends on the other side doing time
for murder and vice versa, so I know that…
It kind of allows me to kind of hear all the issues from both sides
and then try to draw a safe space
for both sides to eventually work together.
It takes time, but it can happen.
If I say to a young person, “What’s going on on the streets?”
I just sound so old, so detached,
so “You just don’t even know what’s going on.
“Why would you even ask that question?”
Now, if I put on a beat and say, yeah, and they love the beat,
I would know exactly what’s going on in that person’s mind without
having to sit them down on my couch and say, “Now tell me.”
So, for young people, for me, it’s just, it’s…
What our young people get out of it is a crew that are dedicated to them
who, in their own fields, are actually doing things and actually
creating and getting things done, so they benefit from that.
The project works because we’re
always working in service of our young people.
Phone’s always on. It doesn’t matter when they phone, I’m picking up.
“What’s up? What’s going on?” That kind of thing.
That shows that you’re compassionate,
you’re always caring, you’re ready.
So I look after my young people pretty much how
I look after my own children. If there’s a situation…
For me, it’s beautiful to be part of a scheme like this
or a project like this because,
speaking to a lot of young people, at the moment they feel
constant fear of each other so I think the main thing that
I want to achieve out of this is just getting young people to
feel positive, feel really good about themselves.
# Everybody trying to get it done, trying to get it right
# Some of us make it, take it
# Others just want to take a little bite
# Greed or hunger, one of them has got a bit more fight
# What are you choosing, winning or losing?
# Don’t get caught up in the hype
# Everybody trying to make… #
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