He always wanted to become an astronaut, tinkered with anything electronic like an inventor, and devised thousands of schematics and illustrations for future space travel. You could say Justin has always been an avid dreamer and levitates naturally to things beyond normal imagination. Despite playing music all his life, Justin only took two years of piano lessons, and three years of trumpet back in Middle school. Both of which, he grew out of very quickly. Most of his music comes from the ability to hear by ear and he tends to play music that ‘just sounds right’.
His music can best be described as "Upliftingly Dark" Cinematic Film Music with hints of Epic Intimacy. Justin's strong desire to work on anything involving films led him to pick up a keyboard, find some music software, and begin to write and score his own music for his own movie projects. He gained recognition by giving away his music to anyone that found a place for it within their films. Eventually those filmmakers are returning years later with bigger and better projects. Justin feels that his current success is contributed to a technological wonder called, ‘The Internet’.
He created the name, "Edgen" (edge in) which came to be an alter ego that housed all his creative drawings, 3d, digital artworks, and films online. Justin’s first major music achievement was featured on the Warner Brothers film trailer, "Taking Lives", starring Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. One of his first musical scores was the 35 mm film "Firecracker" (dir. Steve Balderson) , which was accepted into the Raindance Film Festival in London, England October, 2004. “Firecracker” later went on to win numerous awards and was named on Roger Ebert's list of 2005's best films.
Since then, Justin has scored hundreds of shorts, several features, and various other multimedia projects. His music has won many awards along with numerous wins in film festivals all over the world. Justin continues to write music for the boutique trailer music company, X-Ray Dog Music, located in Burbank. By writing orchestral music through X-Ray Dog, his music has been in recent campaigns such as; 20th Century Fox, "Australia", Touchstone Pictures, "Miracle at Saint Anna", Warner Brothers, “Harry Potter – Order of the Phoenix”, and Universal’s “HULK”, “Mummy3”, "The Express" and Sony’s “Stomp The Yard” theatrical and TV trailers. He recently completed the feature film, “Semum” which was later picked up by Warner Brothers Turkey for international distribution.
He also just wrapped the score to the critically acclaimed internet released film, “Star Trek – Of Gods and Men” directed by Tim Russ and the feature, “InAlienable” directed by Robert Dyke starring Walter Koenig, Richard Hatch, and numerous cast members to the Star Trek series old and new. His latest film score is to the feature “The Blackout” directed by Robert Sanders of Starway Pictures. “GPS - The Movie” (dir. Eric Colley) recently won Best Action Film at AOF Festival 2008. Justin currently resides between Los Angeles, California and Austin, TX with his wife and baby boy further pursuing his filmmaking and film scoring career.
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