Brand Ambassador Spotlight: Justin
Justin, THE ARTIST
Kung Fu Tea: What inspired you to start a YouTube channel?
Justin: I have a love/hate relationship with YouTube. When the platform first came out in 2005, I used to be the dude that uploaded the majority of music videos and stand-up comedy sets on there. My channel racked up millions upon millions of views per video and became the 3rd most-watched YouTube channel in the world! I created the digital “MTV” in a sense. As the platform grew bigger, artists and labels started getting their own official accounts, and my channel ended up getting deleted for copyright infringement. If you’re one of the first users on YouTube, chances are, you must have watched a music video I had uploaded personally.
I started another channel, and I kept it strictly for personal art projects. In 2010, I got a maple leaf tattooed on my chest as a tribute to Canada (the country where I was born). During the tattooing process, I had pictures taken every few seconds of the needle entering my skin, and I put together a video in stop-motion animation style and released it for Canada Day. The video ended up going viral, and it even made the front page of CNN.com! With the success of my videography, I continuously released new art projects on a yearly basis. You can see my YouTube channel here.
Kung Fu Tea: What about music? Aren’t you a DJ/Musician? How did that happen?
J: I started off DJing in the club scene as a teenager, and I loved sharing new music with everyone. I used to run an underground club online with a collective of artists and DJs where we shared the newest music out there and wrote album reviews. One fellow artist in particular, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, used to be part of this collective before he blew up as the superstar he is now! As I got older, I transitioned out of the party scene, and continued making mixes and videos online.
In 2016, I started incorporating an Indian instrument called a “harmonium” in my music sets. I thought it would be funny to cover Drake’s “Hotline Bling” using this instrument and have people from around the world send me footage of them dancing to it. It went viral on Facebook with over 1.1 million views, and it was shared over 6000 times! You can see that project here.
I currently enjoy making music and videos in completely experimental and creative ways. More recently, I have been using a new instrument called a “talk box” I made using household materials I purchased at a local hardware store. It allows me to sing like a robot while using a synthesizer as a controller. It’s super fun! I’ll be releasing a new project with these instruments over the next few weeks. Stay tuned to my YouTube/Facebook!
Kung Fu Tea: Share your favorite YouTube videos with us!
J: If you haven’t noticed by now, I also love to troll.
Kung Fu Tea: Favorite artist at the moment?
J: Drake, obviously! I’d marry him, but my girlfriend would be pissed. I once wore really tight pants to his concert in Denver, but he never even noticed me. I’m kind of mad at him right now actually.
Kung Fu Tea: What's your Myers-Briggs?
J: ENTP: the ultimate devil’s advocate. I love to push people’s buttons and shake things up!
Kung Fu Tea: When did you first visit Kung Fu Tea? What was your very first order?
J: I first visited Kung Fu Tea in Houston’s Dun Huang Plaza, the famous bubble tea strip in Chinatown. When I first walked in, it was packed with happy faces hanging out, playing board games, and enjoying bubble tea. The place had incredible energy.
My very first order at Kung Fu Tea was the Jasmine Green Tea with half sugar. Houston has a LOT of boba places, so I always test the base tea to determine the quality of the drinks. Kung Fu Tea surpassed my expectations, and I can easily declare it having the best bubble tea in Houston, Texas! I even received Yelp’s “Review of the Day” earlier this year for my review of Kung Fu Tea. You can see it here.
Kung Fu Tea: We know you love our Orange Green Tea! What topping(s) do you prefer with it?
J: Classic tapioca is my all-time favorite, but I typically choose the herbal jelly since it has the least amount of calories. I really wish Kung Fu Tea would add chia seeds as an additional healthy topping though. I will bug you guys about this until it happens! DO IT!
Kung Fu Tea: Beer or Brandy? Punch or Classic? Pizza or Burritos?
J: Drake, Drake, and Drake.
Kung Fu Tea: Define Kung Fu Tea and your relationship in emojis.
J: I have Indian blood, I was born in Canada, I live in the United States, and I love bubble tea!
Kung Fu Tea: What message/advice do you want to share with all Kung Fu Masters out there?
J: Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be a great connection tool, but it can also be harmful to your overall happiness if you’re constantly comparing yourself with others and fishing for “likes.” Stop giving a f*ck about what other people think about you, and create what you want to create. Engagement does not matter in the big scheme of things if you’re not posting what truly makes you happy. Your content should come naturally and not be forced. Also, drink mad bubble tea. Everyday. That’s mandatory.
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