5 years ago Collapsing Stars frontman Justin Wayne Nelson quit his job, sold his very practical Honda Civic, bought a mini van and started touring the country with drummer Mike Langhoff. After 10 years of working a dead-end job, which Nelson refers to as his “lost decade,” it was time for a change.
In the years that followed, he earned producer credits on the deM atlaS record DWNR for Rhymesayers Entertainment (Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Dem Atlas), performed with Mike at the renowned Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and last year played for over 120K people at Red Bull Crashed Ice (in a fake fur coat while fireworks shot out of his guitar).
In July of 2017 Nelson’s cell phone buzzed at 3am. He rolled over in bed, his eyes still half shut. There was a new message from Dan Wilson. “The record sounds really good, and I love the artwork too.” “I wasn’t sure if I was awake or still dreaming, said Nelson. One of the most highly sought after songwriters in the world said that he liked some music that I wrote, which is extremely high praise coming from such an authoritative source.” The list of Wilson’s song writing credits is extensive. In addition to co-writing Adele’s Someone Like You, Wilson has written songs for Taylor Swift, Weezer, John Legend, and The Dixie Chicks, just to name a few.
“Collapsing Stars’ languid folk songs are punctuated by forceful stabs of bluesy guitar — and, in the case of “The Storm,” a few appropriate nature sounds. The effect can be whispery and beautiful, but the band’s music maintains a welcome undercurrent of reflection, doubt and even dread.” – Stephen Thompson NPR Music