Junia-T’s story seems almost too perfect. After a decade of promising highs and frustrating lows, he was in a rut and feeling pressure to quit the music industry. At that moment he found himself in a life-changing creative environment and emerged two years later with Studio Monk, an album that sounds, simultaneously, so original and classic that he’s being showered in critical adoration and artistic admiration, including being shortlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize. For the new issue of Canadian Musician magazine, the multifaceted producer-rapper-musician told Mike the full story. Here is that conversation.