John Strasburger and Camille Dapkins may be young, but they‚??ve already made a lot of headway in what could prove to be promising musical careers.
Strasburger‚??s interest in music started with his father, the now 24-year-old Moscow resident recalled.
‚??When I was little, I used to hear him playing, and he was always in bands. That kind of sparked my interest, and I was playing keyboard along with him. Camille was classically trained from a very young age as well. We just kept going at it, and I started playing guitar,‚?Ě Strasburger explained.
When he was a senior in high school, he asked Dapkins to play keyboard with him on a John Mayer tune for a talent show. Now 22, the Gouldsboro native still jams with Strasburger as J2, which has since entertained audiences of all ages at parties, weddings, casinos, and bars.
‚??When we first started about six years ago playing together, we were more into soft stuff, like Colbie Caillat. We were a little intimidated by the whole music scene, but then, as we started playing, our genre and styles changed. We found that it‚??s fun to play blues and it‚??s fun to do other styles. ‚?Ě
The duo‚??s chemistry and years of experience have allowed them to develop their own style and a demo of original songs that Strasburger describes as a ‚??mixture of pop with indie with rock.‚?Ě This sound went over well when they had the opportunity to open for top acts like Gavin DeGraw and Ryan Cabrera.
‚??It was great. At first, we were a little nervous, but then you get to meet them and you just realize that everybody is down-to-earth and everybody is on the same page. Everybody is there to have fun and do what they love,‚?Ě he acknowledged, though he feels that introducing original music to crowds isn‚??t always easy.
‚??It‚??s hard, especially nowadays. I feel like 30 years ago, it would have been a lot easier when you had live music in every city, but now with the pop music that‚??s on the radio today, it‚??s so hard to cover, but that‚??s what college kids want to hear nowadays. ‚?Ě
Though they‚??ve embraced the modern era, albeit reluctantly, in other ways. J2‚??s cover of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros‚?? ‚??Home‚?Ě currently has over 212,000 views on YouTube, where many up-and-coming musicians have been discovered.
‚??The funny part about that song is that I was kind of against making that video and covering that song, but then we kind of found a way and changed it a little bit to make it more our own style. We just put it out there, and we were very surprised at the response that it got,‚?Ě he admitted. ‚??It‚??s a crazy feeling, but it‚??s a rewarding feeling as well.‚?Ě
For now, John and Camille are just continuing to have fun and enjoying whatever the future may bring.
‚??Everything so far hasn‚??t really been planned out, but it‚??s just been moving forward, and we couldn‚??t be happier. We just hope to continue to get our music out there,‚?Ě he said.
‚??As long as we continue to get a great response, we‚??ll just keep moving forward with it.‚?Ě
Find out more about J2 at facebook.com/J2music and j2musicc.wix.com/j2.
Upcoming J2 shows
Jan 25: 8 p.m., Gubbio‚??s Restaurant (411 Chestnut St., Dunmore)
Feb. 1: 8 p.m., Cooper‚??s Seafood (701 N. Washington Ave., Scranton)