Justin Song was born in Calgary, Alberta. He grew up listening to baroque music, and eventually gravitated toward the melodies and energy of rock and metal. His first guitar was a 6-string electric, which he learned to play on his own. He began his musical career playing lead guitar in a high-school band with his friends, covering a variety of metal, punk, and alternative music. He had access to an acoustic guitar, which belonged to his mother, where he began to explore a different style of playing and melody-writing as well. He continued playing in melodic hardcore bands ("Waking Amber" and "A Witness to Betrayal"), who began to perform his own compositions, many of which were originally written and intended for the acoustic guitar. His best friend introduced him to the low whistle, which he took an ear to immediately. Justin and his friend composed and recorded a number of tracks under the name "Echoes of Ancienthalls." He continued to write and create home-recordings of his acoustic music, the majority of which was instrumental. After moving to Edmonton, Justin formed the instrumental folk metal band "Emblem," and it was during this time that he met Reece, who was the brother of Emblem's drummer. While Emblem was very well-received, Justin's academic priorities intensified, which inevitably resulted in the dissipation of the group. Justin collaborated with Reece shortly after, the success of which led them to Bardic Form.