Johnny never lets us down! The future soul singer/songwriter, just released a video coming from a deep place, so we had to ask:
SOYYO: Did it come from a real life experience?
Johnny: "We've all been drawn to someone or something for the wrong reasons and naively ignored some minor red flags, until they accumulated into to one big, undeniable lie. 'Figured You Out' is a retrospective look into the rumination and second guessing that went on in my mind, that finally ended in feelings of hurt and anger from confirming my premonitions. However, the song was originally inspired by my relationship with the music industry and how I almost played right into what I thought I needed to be to be successful, only to realize that success in this game meant more to me than numbers and superficial co-signs."
SOYYO: You just released this album and the response has been great. My guess it’s because it comes from the soul. Do you have any performances coming up?
Johnny: Right now, I don't have any shows planned because I'm taking my time building a live show that will match the standard of emotion and execution that went into the record and visuals. It's really important to me to push the standard in every aspect of my artistry and have learned the value of patience when planning and building. I'm excited for what's coming though!
That said, I love to play private, one-off events and sit in with other talented artists, so holla if interested!
SOYYO: Who did you work on this project with?
Johnny: For this project, I kept it in the family and worked primarily with Ben Lindell (Ryan Leslie, J. Cole, MGMT) and Rob Grimaldi (Queen Naija, Noah Cyrus, Alyson Stoner), who are the talented additional legs of a full-service production company we have together, based out of The Engine Room in NYC. Other members of the family include my long time go to on Guitar, Keenan McRae (Tank & The Bangas, Big Sam's Funky Nation) my good homie and soon to be super producer, Frans Mernick (Miguel, ASAP Rocky, Mark Ronson), orchestra leader and string extraordinaire, Kristine Kruta (Little Kruta) as well as guitar virtuoso VJ Brown.
For Visuals I did the same and worked with my very talented homie Max Skaff (www.422luxe.com) on the Picture Perfect video and my long time friend Kevin Pastor (www.untitledproductions.com) on my latest for Figured You Out.
SOYYO: Anything else coming out that we can look forward to.
Johnny: I'm currently in the midst of completing my follow up record, which has gotten the best feedback of any of my music to date.
I've also got a few surprise releases coming up soon, as well as some plans for live versions of EP songs, new cover videos and some collaboration projects dropping in the new year. There's def more on deck and I'm excited about it all!!!