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Justin Marks and Tiffani Theiss make up the acoustic duo, Justif. They are reminiscent of days gone by... a throw back to an era where a guitar & vocals were all anyone needed. Sounding a bit like a male/female version of "Simon & Garfunkel", with shades of classic rock, americana, and an eerily "raw" modern sound, Justif have truly embraced their roots... working to better build the bridge between the "then" & the "now".
JUSTIF first met in NYC 10 yrs ago, when Justin was a wandering singer-songwriter and Tiffani was attending a conservatory acting school. The official band duo came together several years later... Justin would work on songs in their apartment, to which Tiffani began to playfully sing accompanying harmonies. It didn't take long to realize they had something. They took to open mics, and eventually started to co-write and collaborate on a whole new birth of songs- together.
After a good year of performing around the city, the idea of Austin found its way into their conversations. Several friends recommended the move, to which they finally went to check out the scene themselves (neither having been to Austin before). There was an immediate attachment and they found themselves relocated to Texas eight short months later. Now (fast-forward a few years), Justif calls Austin "home". They play residencies all over town at several well-known venues, and are now taking their show on the road to destinations in the greater Texas area. Although they have yet to produce their first "official" CD, they've recorded several live songs & demos over the years from their over 30(and growing) library of Justif originals. For now, they remain a true "live" band, and regularly play 2-4hr. gigs several nights a week.
Now... a little more about each of us BEFORE we met:
Justin's first passion was playing the drums. Self-taught at a very young age, he spent his teens playing in bands around the northeast. Then he took to traveling... going on cross-country road trips and spending time exploring the US. His passion for music fueled his desire to eventually take up the guitar and his own hand at writing. His lyrics are simple, meaningful, and heartfelt, allowing listeners to relate on every level; and it complements his unique, rhythm driven, drummer-steady guitar playing beautifully.
Coming from a strong, artistic background as well, Tiffani's always felt a strong connection to music... especially singing. Learning to harmonize by ear (from the ladies in beehives at church), she went on to take every music elective in school, followed by private vocal lessons, and eventually landed small parts in several musicals... which naturally led her to pursue the performance arts. After graduating from college in the mid-west, she packed up & headed to the big apple to pursue her dream of performing on stage. It was only natural that the road came full circle when acting brought her back to singing.