We had the good fortune of connecting with Johnny Guazz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johnny, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I always found it fascinating how certain lyrics or melodies could control emotion so easily. Hearing an artist perform songs that relate to you in a way you thought nobody ever could is enough to make that bad day a little bit better. Even humming a specific melody can change my mood so easily, it’s scary. Once I started writing my own songs, and finding my own voice, I saw the same reaction from other people. I especially love being able to help someone crawl out of a dark space, because I know what it can feel like, and I want to be able to help them like other artists were able to help me. Since then, I’ve completely fallen in love with the entire process. I love everything about it, whether it’s for some one else’s song or my own. I find such comfort in music in general, and I’m just blessed enough to make some of my own that’ll live far past whenever I’m gone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Like I said earlier, I love how connected music and emotion are. I try to reflect that in my own songs, and I always try and be as raw and real as possible. I’ve came a long way and made a lot of progress with my voice and how comfortable I can be on a track, and I think it shows. I’m proud of my vulnerability and honesty within my music, and that’s always been something important to me throughout the writing process.
A very annoying part about music for me is that I never felt like someone who would normally be branded as an artist. I don’t really look the type, or act the type, which I get. But at the end of the day, I just hope people look past that, and see the art for all that it is.
A little bit of my brand has become just being yourself, and doing what makes you happy, and I hope I can continue to reflect that through my music, and other content and projects that I’m a part of.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I like to hang out with my friends at one of our houses rather than bars, so anywhere that includes them. If we were to go out though, Saddle is the staple tourist bar on Sunset, Catch has my favorite filet in the city, and I know a couple local breweries with some solid selections.
Outside of that, we have to get some intense workouts in at Dog Pound in West Hollywood if we want the best start to a productive day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d be nowhere without the help of my friends. Specifically, my best friend Rory (@StopRory) who introduced me to a lot of my closest friends today, and helped to give me the confidence and support to start my own music career and taking things seriously.
Also my Mom would kill me if I didn’t at least mention her, so I love and appreciate you too Ma.