Justin Tranter recently sat down with Billboard to reflect upon his biggest Billboard moment, which he identifies as the time in 2016 when he had three songs in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart.
Tranter, who co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” (which peaked at No. 1), Selena Gomez’s “Hands To Myself” (No. 7), and Dnce’s “Cake By The Ocean” (No. 9), tells Billboard that accomplishing that feat was “mind-blowing,” “weird,” and “exciting.”
“After so many years of failing, after being signed to so many record deals as an artist and being dropped, after facing the femmephobia and homophobia that I faced in this industry for so long, I always had my eye on the prize,” he says. “I was always willing to work as hard as humanly possible.”
Tranter admits that he had moments where he thought, “It’s never gonna work,” so to have three hit songs at the exact same time was “life changing” for him and, as he explains it, cemented him as a hitmaker.
“I still kept working my ass off, but I really wanted to feel this excitement, and feel this relief, and feel this joy and validation, and I wanted to celebrate it as much as possible,” he adds.
The singer and songwriter also confesses that he was particularly excited thinking about his parents driving through Chicago, listening to pop radio (which, he notes with a laugh, they hate), listening to his songs.
“I think about them the most when I think about that moment,” states Tranter. “They couldn’t get in the car without hearing a song that I had co-written, and that’s pretty unbelievable.”
You can watch the full video interview with Justin Tranter above.