|Occupation||Musician, Producer, Author, Comedian|
Justin Bonitz is an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, author, and comedian. He is the only person in his one-man-band Hungry Lights.
In 2000 Justin started playing guitar at ten years old. Justin says that he was playing a little bit of piano before that, so it seems he has always been a musician. In 2008, he started a four-man-band called, "Blind Can't Follow." After several name changes, the band eventually became "amnæon," and then all the members except Justin parted ways. Not wanting to give up on being a musician, Justin learned to play bass and drums, and then continued his work as a solo artist under the name "amnaeon."
In 2013, Justin started up a YouTube channel where he uploaded his original music, lots of covers, and some very strange comedy videos. In just one year, he released three studio quality demos under the name amnaeon. These demos were titled, "Aorta Borealis IV," "The Proamates III," and "Wolfpit Drive V." In 2014, Justin released another demo titled, "General Reem II." He had been working on a fifth demo, which he made known would be under the title, "Mt. Krell I," when he suddenly announced he would be remastering his first demo again. Many fans were concerned that the songs would not be as good as the originals, but Justin disclosed that he had been revising and recreating some of his songs since 2006, and that they had technically never heard the "originals."
"I am not a static person. I am constantly changing my beliefs, appearance, and my interests. My music is no different. Like me, it is alive and always changing, and you need to understand and accept that." -Justin Bonitz
A month or so later, he uploaded a very emotional video to his YouTube channel where he explained that he hated doing covers, and that he was extremely upset that his fan-base preferred hearing him sing other people's songs over his own. He felt that they did not appreciate his true passion, and then he left all social media, deleting his YouTube channel, Soundcloud, Facebook page/account, Bandcamp, and taking what he could of his music with him. Before he vanished, he left one final post where he stated,
"I just cannot handle it anymore. I steered my channel in the wrong direction, and I need to start over. Please understand that I am not quitting music. Think of this as a tactical retreat. I will be back. Just search for 'Hungry Lights.'" -Justin Bonitz
Hungry Lights is without a doubt the successor to amnaeon. Like Justin, the music is "alive." It changed and evolved with him, and his fans seem to be doing the same.
On October 11, 2015, Justin released his debut album as Hungry Lights. It is titled, "The Awry Ascent," which is also the first part in a five part story called, "From Windfall To Hell." Most of, but not all the songs on "The Awry Ascent" are evolved and refined versions of songs from the "Aorta Borealis IV" demo, but mixed with some of the later material he began working with in 2010/2012. The compositions, mix, lyrics, concept, flow, and album art are all revised, new, and Justin is very happy and pleased with the final result. Although his fans were hesitant and resistant at first, the numbers show that people much prefer this new formula of his.
On December 8, 2015, Justin released an acoustic album titled, "Mt. Garbage." The project was unrelated to Hungry Lights and was released under his full name, "Justin Bonitz." A year later, the album was removed from his YouTube channel, and it found its place on the "Hungry Demos" channel where Justin's "failed" projects go. He announced that he would be redoing the album (like he did with his amnaeon material), and that it would be re-titled, "The Summit" under the project name, "From The Look Of Things."
On August 8, 2016, Justin opened up his own contest where he said he would make an entire EP in twenty-four hours. He decided to live stream the event on his YouTube channel, and after twenty-four hours, he decided to extend it and make an entire album. Four days and four streams later, he released an album called, "Back To The Old Way," under the project name, "Call It Ego." Back To The Old Way has since been removed from his YouTube channel, however the album is still available for stream and purchase on its respective Bandcamp page.
On November 15, 2016, Justin released his second official Hungry Lights album, "Heavy Is The Crown." It is the sequel to The Awry Ascent, and most of, but not all the songs, are revised versions from the "The Proamates III" demo, but mixed with some brand new material. Again, Justin claims (and the numbers show) that this album is superior to its amnaeon demo, and Justin is very pleased with results.
On March 8, 2017, Justin unexpectedly released a full-length rap album titled, "Dear Rudiff" under the project name, "Prilly T." which was a play off the main character of his From Windfall To Hell story, "Prill Tel'vallo." While fans knew the album was coming because Justin talked about it several times and released a teaser, they did not expect it to be nearly as diverse and interesting as it turned out to be. Justin rapped here and there in his metal stuff, but he went to a completely different level with Dear Rudiff. The lyrics, vocal inflections, and story concept is all very new compared to what fans had glimpsed before, and strangely enough, back in 2011, Justin had released a rap demo titled, "As The Crow Flies" under the project name "General Reem." While not nearly as refined (or even complete), some of the instrumentals on this demo have been evolved into full, completed tracks on Dear Rudiff. When asked about the album, Justin simply said that he had always wanted to release a rap album, and so when he felt like doing it, he did it. Justin does not know if he wants to make a sequel to it.
Justin is currently working on the novelization of his first album, "The Awry Ascent." He says that he is editing the fourth draft of the story, and that it should be the final draft. He has disclosed that it is currently around five hundred pages in length, but that he is working on trimming it down and simplifying things. It was originally supposed to be released at the end of 2016, but Justin keeps pushing the release date because he says it is not ready, and since it is his first official novel, he does not want to rush anything. He says that there are some chapters that based directly on the songs from the albums, but that ninety percent of the novel will be characters, plot-points, and development that is not heard or revealed in the music.
Justin is also currently working on his third Hungry Lights album which he has said will be called, "Three Gods & Me." So far, he has only done two acoustic play-throughs of the album on live streams. The album seems to be a variety of songs from "Wolfpit Drive V," "General Reem II," and some new, unreleased material. Aside from Three Gods & Me, Just is also working on the remake of his acoustic album, which he has said will be called, "The Summit," the sequel to that album, which he said will be called, "Flicker," and is apparently working on an EP with YouTube comedian/songwriter Jared Dines.
Aside from his music, Justin was also known for comedic skits that he would upload onto YouTube during the amnaeon era. At the beginning of the Hungry Lights era, Justin had a separate comedy channel which he called "Hungry Shadows," but as of 2016, the channel was deleted. Since its deletion, Justin began uploading small segments of comedy on his gaming channel, "Hungry Potoos," but he has disclosed that he is not quite as interested in comedy as he once was.
Justin was the co-host of a YouTube gaming show titled "Zombie Horse" with fellow comedian Rob Dyke, but it seems that they have both lost interest in the channel. However, all of the content still remains uploaded for viewing.
Justin also has a YouTube Channel titled that serves as his personal gaming channel.
On October 3, 2015, Justin released a satirical rock album titled "Uncle Tito" under the band name "Otto Rocket & The Proamates." He seems to have taken the characters/concepts from the 90s cartoon "Rocket Power," and fused them into a garage band. Because of the strange vocals, "meaningful" lyrics, and concepts, it seems that Justin is using this satirical band as a means to make fun of himself. On March 25, 2016, Justin released another Otto Rocket & The Proamates album titled, "Elephant Seal."
On October 5, 2015 Justin released yet another satirical album, but this time he decided to hit the metal community. The band is called, "Snailfetus Kidney Sacrifice" with their debut album "The Crawling."
6 Minutes To A Wheelchair (2008)
|2008||All The Way To The Bank (Single)|
Blind Can't Follow (2009)
|2009||Everything That Exists|
|2009||Evolution At Its Finest Hour EP|
amnaeon (2009-2015) "amnÆon (2009-2011)"
|2010||Everything That Exists|
|2011||Evolution At Its Finest Hour|
|2013||Aorta Borealis IV|
|2013||The Proamates III|
|2013||Wolfpit Drive V|
|2014||General Reem II|
|unreleased||Mt. Krell I|
|2015||The Awry Ascent|
|2016||Heavy Is The Crown|
|2017||Three Gods & Me|
|2006||Crushed By A Troll|
|2011||As The Crow Flies|
|2016||Back To The Old Way|