Antonio Johnson, or Jus D, as he’s commonly called, has everyone singing his tunes this Crop Over. The well-known writer-producer-singer is no stranger to the entertainment scene; he has written for a variety of Trinidadian artistes such as Ricardo Drue, Teddyson John and the Monk himself, Machel Montano.
In 2017, he had soca lovers chipping and whining down the road with his Trinidadian sweet soca hit Na Na Ni. Since then, it seems like everything Jus D touches turns to gold.
The 30-year-old talented musician has his hands quite full this season, having released four singles so far for the festival; Hole, Manager, Only Thing She Know and Sugar featuring Faith Callendar.
Thus far, he has made it into the International Bashment Soca Competition with the infectious Manager, but this isn’t his last stop. He informed Bajan Vibes that he has his eyes set on contending for the Sweet Soca and possibly the Party Monarch titles this year.
His approach is quite surprising for a man who has made several hits behind the scenes.
“I always wanted to be one in the spotlight on the stage seeing the crowd’s reactions and my way of getting in the game was being behind the scenes. In 2016, I decided it was time to get back in front of the scene,” he disclosed, noting that his fame sky rocketed with the international interest of Na Na Ni.
“I said maybe it was my time now [to] push my own sound and myself as an artist and I decided [in] 2018, we’re going to follow up on 2017,” he added.
,In addition to writing and producing his own music this year, he has also written Fadda Fox’s Rock Dat Body, King Bubba’s Juice, Altuh Ego’s Work It and Busy Signal’s Party Heaven.
Earlier this year, he also participated in the production of the Love and Life album by Jamaican reggae artiste I-Octane. The album debuted in the top three on the Billboard Reggae Chart.
It has been endless accolades and achievements for Jus D and it shows no signs of slowing down.
“I just happen to be in a really good space and it is just song after song and everybody is just gravitating towards them. It is an amazing feeling,” he said.