Justin "J Farell" Alamar grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and was introduced to music at a very young age. He was greatly inspired by the works of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. As a child, he would play songs by ear on the piano. In years after, he also learned to play the viola and the guitar.
J Farell attended Rutgers University in the fall of 2000 and quickly became known as the go-to DJ on campus. He spun at parties, events, fraternity dances, and Rutgers basketball games. He then helped to facilitate hip-hop battles weekly on the campus radio station. It was during this time that Justin became intrigued by music production. He began to produce instrumentals for New Jersey and Philadelphia-based rap artists.
J Farell graduated from the Rutgers University Honors College in 2005 with a degree in Fine Arts and began to fine-tune his musical talent. He then studied audio compression and engineering in Logic Studio. J Farell became influenced and intrigued by the musical compositions of Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, J.R. Rotem, Timbaland, Just Blaze, The Runners, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and Cool & Dre. He thereafter began to work with local rap and pop artists while molding his own style and sound.
In January of 2011, J Farell began to produce for the talented Philadelphia artist Dosage who is Lupe Fiasco’s protege. Around the same time, J linked up with Ohio-based artist Erik Paul. The production for these two independent artists began to saturate the internet, and J Farell’s web-presence rapidly accelerated.
February 2011 brought J Farell to a new musical standard when he entered a contest for Asher Roth’s “Ash A Cappella 2011”. He released Asher’s song under the name “Frankenstein” and quickly became a contender for 1st place. J Farell came in 2nd to the Blended Babies, but his version of the song, now entitled “More Cowbell”, continued to rack up YouTube views in the tens of thousands.
In May of 2011, J Farell landed a placement with Block/eOne/Atlantic and produced an official remix of the smash hit "Twisted" for Gorilla Zoe featuring Lil Jon. In August of 2011, J's commercial remix of Kreayshawn's single "Gucci Gucci" went viral on YouTube racking up over 7 million views in under 12 hours. This remix is widely known as the radio alternative to the original.
In October of 2011, J Farell landed a placement with Columbia Records/Roc Nation for his remix of J. Cole's "Work Out". In November, J Farell brought a talented young artist onboard named Roman. Roman and J are setting a new standard for hip-hop, and labels have already taken notice.
J Farell’s songs have been played in rotation on many major radio stations across North America. He has also produced and remixed for artists like Kat DeLuna, Tinie Tempah, Blondegang, Roscoe Dash, Hyper Crush, and more. Currently, J Farell is spending his time working with labels and producing songs for a new musical generation.