Why Justin Caruso is the Hot New Name in EDM That You Want to Know This Year
The landscape of his original dream would cast American DJ, Justin Caruso, on the basketball court, not on the decks.
Yet in a turn of events that seems to echo the expression “everything happens for a reason,” Caruso’s initial aspiration to become a basketball player fouled out, an injury the ambition’s inhibition. A junior at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, the injury was indicative of diversity that Caruso would meet with early in life, but the deflated dream—a misfortune at the time—would serve only to catapult Caruso to a greater realization, namely the pursuit of a career in electronic dance music, a game of its own kind.
With the sound of the buzzer displaced by synths, Caruso uncovered an unexpected musical acumen. Caruso’s fledgling career as a DJ/producer within the EDM genre rapidly gained momentum; his unofficial remix of The Chainsmokers/Tritonal Emily Warren feature, “Until You Were Gone,” earned Caruso recognition from Chainsmokers constituents, Taggart and Pall. Known for his similarly unofficial remakes of Lana Del Rey’s “High By The Beach” and Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean,” it would not be long before Caruso’s unique sound attracted the attention of none other than “Is It Love” hit maker, Justin Blau, best known by his short and sweet stage name, “3LAU.” 3LAU accordingly recruited Caruso to join the ranks of 3LAU’s fall 2016 HAUS tour, an initiative that spanned more than twenty major cities.
As Caruso diverts his sights from unofficial remixes to the crafting of his own original tracks in a move destined to further develop his budding career, Caruso offers to all those watching—and not to mention, listening— “Talk About Me,” a fresh new track from the LA native that couples Caruso’s DJing techniques with the vocals of Victoria Zaro. Bearing an aesthetic that is distinctly carefree and laidback, the song’s tasteful rhythm proves a perfect match for the effortless glide of Zaro’s vocals. If “Talk About Me” is any indication as to what Caruso may show case song wise as he advances within the dance music industry, the new release is proof enough that Caruso is a developing DJ to be closely watched in 2017; one does not, after all, receive a backing from the most played DJ on the radio—3LAU—for no reason.