5 Questions: Justin Spencer
5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –
You may have seen them impressing the judges on America’s Got Talent, or even seen them perform in Las Vegas or maybe as they opened the 2017 Super Bowl or on their new TV show “Chaos & Kindness”!
Maybe, just maybe, you are one of the few that have not seen this amazing show. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, a Recycled Percussion show always rocks!
Don’t miss this show packed full of surprises and crowd favorites in an incredible turbo-charged performance. Be part of a one of a kind show that took these guys all the way to the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas!
SD: How did the idea for Recycled Percussion come about?
JS: Many moons ago! In the early days of the band, we would just play drums on recycled objects that we found. We would perform in our high school talent shows. Ten years ago, we landed on “America’s Got Talent.” Out of 100,000 acts, we finished in third place. Since then, we have performed on AGT more than any other act in the show’s history. After completing on the show, we received an offer from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to be a headliner.
SD: How often do you get to return to your hometown of Goffstown, New Hampshire?
JS: We play New Hampshire about twice a year. We perform in Beverly once a year. We have great fans in the New England area and would love to come out more often. I love any opportunity that we get to bring a Las Vegas show to our hometown and surrounding area.
SD: Since appearing on America’s Got Talent, how has the band evolved?
JS: When you headline in Las Vegas, you have your own theatre and you spend millions of dollars building productions and coming up with ideas and completing against Blue Man, Cirque du Soleil and David Copperfield. You are forced to evolve when you are working on the strip with some high-level talent and some big budgets. After every show, there is a 2-hour band meeting where we watch the film of the show to see what we can do better.
SD: What is the most unique recycled object you have used to play?
JS: We have played on so many things. There is not one item that stands out. We perform some funny skits in the show. One of them is called “Little Lyrics.” We interpret lyrics to famous rock songs and we take them literally. So, when “Pinball Wizard” comes on, we dress up as a pinball machine and a wizard. We have these big boisterous costumes that just become very funny and fit into the show. Also, we take some kitchen appliances and make music. We just try to find music and entertainment in the things all around us.
SD: Who are the other members of the band?
JS: The main guys are myself and my cousin Ryan Vezina. We bring in other guys depending on what we want to do or what kind of show we are playing. I think for this tour, we will be bringing along Tony Zane. He is a world-class roller-skater and breakdancer. He just brings a whole new dynamic to our show. I am very excited to have him join us.