Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
I’m a musician. The frontwoman of June Clivas and the Ditty Boys. Outlaw country Rock n’ Roll/Western Gothic.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I know every band says they are unique. I think ours really is. It’s not your most popular pop/rock style, to begin with.
The music we write, I truly believe is for those people who “really love music” and are there to “listen” to the songs. Between the lyrics that are known to be haunting taking you back to your hardest breakup or walking you through your current one, or giving you a little pep in your step as you make your way to the bar.
The sound JCDB provides will remind you of your favorite western movie, but definitely remind you that these kids are from Los Angeles, CA. Already have debuted our first album “Dont tell momma” in 2019, JCDB is currently in the studio working on the 2nd album “Howl For you”.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
I’ve been a pretty shy person all my life. I’ve always been that kid stuck in the back watching all the “cool and confident kids” up in the front going for what they want. Not me. I was fine being quiet and not noticed, I guess.
Music has always been a great friend to me. I can push out any emotion on the guitar. I wanted to learn EVERY INSTRUMENT I could get my hands on. I’m still doing that ’til this day.
I’ve been in numerous bands and people always talked about “the voice”. I guess it’s always pushed me to be a frontwoman, I kind of always said, “I think this is what I’m supposed to do with my life”.
I definitely knew this was what I was meant to do when we had our first album release for “dont tell momma”. There was a sea of people there, and as we played the songs on the album – I could see and hear almost every single person singing along. That’s when I knew. That’s when I felt I was exactly where I belong. Up there, giving people songs that they can truly relate to.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
The biggest challenge we have been going through is not having an exact “genre”. One would say well, “Wouldn’t that be good, because it’s unique and you can be booked with all kinds of genres?”. Not quite. Lol.
We play with a lot of genres that we are compatible with like honkey tonk, outlaw country, rockabilly, gothic western, and rock n’ roll, but, we have been rejected by a couple of festivals, events, or shows because we weren’t too much of one style they looked to book, or we have disappointed some people because they thought they would be hearing some Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash.
The upside is we also got a lot of opportunities to come to us because of our sound. People say and I quote, “It’s just good fkn music”. I’d like to think so too.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
If we could meet 3 people that could elevate our career… Well, I’ve always looked up to Nikki lane. Not just in her music but as an individual as well. I listened to her interviews and one thing that ALWAYS stuck to me is – just ask! You’ll get a lot of No’s, but you will get some Yes-s and those are the ones that count.
Might I just add that we got picked up to play Nikki Lane’s Market Place for Stagecoach 2022. We might just be lucky enough to meet and thank her for the opportunity.
I also admire Shakey Graves. His songwriting style and guitar playing are literally compared to no one I know. You could just feel the passion that drives him when he plays. I feel I have that exact fire, and if we would ever write a song together it would be one that would be on people’s top songs forever!
The 3rd person that I’d like to meet would probably be Lindi Ortega. Her songwriting and persona are just so free-spirited and true. I don’t know, call me crazy but I feel we would be just the best of friends if we ever met.