Javelin Broderick, better known as IDENTITY CRISIS, is the first amidst an array of diverse and skilled artists to release their music alongside the collective. Today he sits down with us to do an interview before the release of EXP001!
Let’s pry into the mind behind the music and get acquainted with our first addition to the family.
EC: It’s super nice to meet you, thanks for sitting down with me! I heard the song just earlier today and I can’t wait for everyone to be able to hear it this Friday! How are you feeling about it?
ID: Yeah, of course! It’s exciting to see everything announced and ready to go, I couldn’t be more excited.
EC: Tell me a little bit about yourself; let’s start with your name!
ID: My first name is actually Javelin. Which is my legal name, not a nickname. People think that I was named after the olympian thing, javelin throwing. But actually, my dad is big into cars and it was the name of this muscle car made by AMC. His friend drove it up to the hospital the night I was born and that sparked the idea. I thought about that being my stage name for a long time, but I thought ahh I don't know. Haha.
EC: Where are you from?
ID: Toronto, Canada. I moved to the states when I was 8 or 9. From then on I lived in Ventura, California, and moved to Las Vegas 4 or 5 years ago.
EC: What was life like before music?
ID: Before music, I actually raced motorcycles professionally. I was pro when I was 16 up until about 19. It was a crucial part of my life, really. That’s where I grew up, I really learned dedication and growth through that. How to keep myself working even when stuff got hard was a big lesson for me early on.
EC: How did you get into making music?
IC: So those were my dad’s two biggest things, music, and racing. He had a lot of influence on me when I was a kid. My mom and dad actually met because my dad joined a band with my mom’s brother, so that’s how my whole family kinda came together, was from music.
In my racing days, I wasn’t into dance music. I used to like play guitar, drums, piano, stuff like that. So I was always around music. When I was a kid, maybe 10 or 11 Skrillex dropped Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites. From that point on I was hooked.
EC: What do you feel your music contributes towards the art?
IC: That’s a really good question. I don't know if I've always had something specific stapled in mind. I think I more so do it for myself. It’s from the whole racing background, I like to see myself making progression, almost motivationally competitive in a way. I've always been taught to be original and diverse so there are not many limits in my creation process. Whether it’s hip hop, house music, or whatever, there’s always something to learn from it. I try to keep on learning and progressing forward.
EC: How do you feel Expired and its message relates to you and your music?
IC: I think the number one thing is it’s with someone that I feel really cares about the scene. They’re very meticulous with who they pick to be on board, and I’ve actually seen that first hand and heard the moral reasoning behind it. They’re a multi-genre record label, which naturally stands out to me. Working with a label that is open to any genre of music is always good. It promotes creativity and respect for the art. I love that whole message they stand behind.
EC: What are some things you’re working on this upcoming year? Feel free to let the viewers know!
IC: As far as shows, I have a couple things in the work right now. I’m playing the Disciple Kingdom show with Virtual Riot, Barely Alive, and pretty much the rest of Disciple, I’m really excited to play that. Music-wise, I'm currently working on a 4-track EP. Mostly just grinding, progressing, and hopefully, it comes all together!
EC: Javelin, it was really dope talking to you, thank you for hanging out. I had a really good time!
IC: It was fun being here, thank you!
It was a really awesome getting a chance to sit down and pick the mind of a fellow creative. It’s always so interesting learning what makes an artist tick. I’m glad I got a chance to share my Expired experience with you all, first of many.
We are very excited to have Identity Crisis with us on the label with this truly ignorant track. Identity Crisis - Ignorant; exclusively on Expired Records this Friday at 10:00 AM!