Five Questions With wordsbyjuni

Toronto, ON-based British singer-songwriter, wordsbyjuni has released his new single, “How It Is”.

wordsbyjuni was born with a knack for telling stories, a love for hip-hop, and (thanks to his white friends), has a newfound interest in the indie alternative scene. Pairing these sonic influences with his ability to spin a nice yarn, juni’s songs tend to be poppy love stories.

Check out the single below and find out more about him via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

The name’s Junaid, but my friends call me juni. Also, strangers call me juni.

So it’s juni I guess 🙂

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I love pushing boundaries. I like telling the musicians/producers I’m working with to give me the weirdest beat possible so that it forces me to try and come up with something cool and creative to make it work. It’s a great process because it keeps me on my toes, and means that we’re probably coming up with something pretty fresh! Plus you can always dial back the craziness.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I mean the whole world is in lockdown for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so I’m not really booking any shows at the moment lol. If I had to characterize my live show though, I’d use three words: upbeat, infectious, fun. Okay, infectious might be a bad word considering the circumstances. Also, I guess it’s not all upbeat, there’s some slow stuff in there too…maybe let’s just stick with fun for now.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Can I cheat and suggest two?

If you want to get to know me as a person, I’d listen to my latest release “How It Is.”

And if you want to listen to my own personal favourite, you should check out “love is a playground :(“. It’s the first song I ever wrote as “juni” and it’s always gonna hold a special place in my heart.

(But honestly, you should listen to them all they’re pretty phenomenal)

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Honestly, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of Canadian artists, and my list of favourites is pretty long. Aside from the classics like Drake (dude doesn’t miss), Trilogy-era Weeknd, and PartyNextDoor that stay in rotation, I’ve been bumping a lot of Nate Husser, Fleece, and J Ember these days. Would definitely recommend checking them out.

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