Chances are you already love Justin Tranter’s songs, even if you’ve never heard their name before. During the past several years , Justin has written massive pop songs by artists including Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, Halsey and many more. In 2020 alone, Justin has written songs for The Chicks’ Gaslighter, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, Selena Gomez’s Rare, and Gaga’s Chromatica, among others. Justin also recently opened their own studio, and has a record label and publishing company called Facet as a vehicle to discover and support a diverse roster of up-and-coming artist producers and songwriters. Additionally, late last year, Justin received the ACLU Bill Of Rights Award for their prolific work and activism, and they were the first gender-nonconforming person to ever win that award.
In this conversation, recorded in May 2020, we talk about childhood obsessions that inform their creative sensibility: The Little Mermaid, the musical Annie, and female tennis champs like Monica Seles, and discuss their old band, Semi Precious Weapons, as well as getting into their songwriting process and how it has evolved.