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JOSH EPSTEIN & DANIEL ZOTT, JR. JR.

JOSH EPSTEIN & DANIEL ZOTT, JR. JR.

Jr. Jr., formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., is touring this fall with their third studio length album and they’re making a stop in metro Detroit, their hometown, on Friday, Nov. 13 at Royal Oak Music Theatre.

They’ve come a long way since their 2009 beginnings and 2011 debut, and even changed their name to Jr. Jr. to avoid confusion with that of the racecar driver. They’ve gone from friends in a basement toying around with music ideas, to touring and performing on Conan…and they’re not looking to stop anytime soon.

The duo creates indie-pop music that continues to evolve, working toward a sound that people can admire and appreciate for its artistic complexity, while also being able to sing along.

Comprised of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott, Jr. Jr. closes out 2015 with their latest radio single, “Gone” and a colorful tour to match. Neither one of the guys thought music would take them this far, since the whole thing started as a means to a creative outlet.

We caught up with Epstein via email before they bring their tour back home to Royal Oak:

A5: How’s 2015 and the new album/name change going? What’s been most exciting about the changes and new music?
JE: It’s been amazing to have our song, “Gone” on the radio. It’s reaching new people, and we feel great about that.

A5: Favorite place to tour outside of Detroit?
JE: Los Angeles is a pretty incredible city

A5: Where do you guys make sure to stop when you visit home?
JE: Selden Standard and Sneakers in Ferndale.

A5: What inspires the bulk of your music? What do you think each of you would be doing if you weren’t performing?
JE: Everything inspires our music. Family, life, places…it all ends up in there. If we weren’t a band, I’d probably be in politics.

A5: Favorite new music artists?
JE: I’m really excited to see Gosh Pith. I like everything I’ve heard.

A5: Hobbies outside of music?
JE: Hiking, watching Detroit sports teams, and I really love good food.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5