Justin Cudmore's favourite songs
Hot off the heels of opening for James Murphy and Nina Kraviz in New York City last weekend (GOALS!), queer techno it boy Justin Cudmore is making his way north to play Toronto and St. John’s Newfoundland this weekend, both for the first time.
A former “band nerd,” Cudmore played the drums in his high school marching band (we’d love to see him in that uniform) before taking up producing in college. By his freshman year at the University of Illinois he was DJing house parties, which led to a weekly night at a local bar.
He came out as gay at 21 and started hanging out at Smartbar in Chicago, when their now legendary night Queen! was just starting. He followed his boyfriend from Chicago to New York City where he met and started producing with Mike Servito of The Bunker New York (also goals).
He’s had the pleasure of working with some of his heroes, like Honey Soundsystem, who put out his first record, Crystal, on their label HNYTRX. He also looks up to Honey Dijon. “She’s been really cool and supportive,” he says. Someone likes honey, honey!
Cudmore’s sound is defined by snaking acid lines, whip smart drums and offbeat rave melodies, and he’s giving us a taste by sharing his five favourite tracks to play live. Don’t miss him Friday, April 26 at The Black Eagle Toronto presented by Acid and Untitled, alongside Toronto locals Aeryn Pfaff and Ceremonies.