We had the good fortune of connecting with WHYJOHNNY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi WHYJOHNNY, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From a young age, I felt emotions very intensely. It was and still is very overwhelming at times, but music put me on the path to discovering the depth of those emotions. Even before I started writing my own, music had such a big impact on me as a listener. It almost feels like I have no choice but to do music. The ability to create is invigorating and provides a rush that is unattainable through anything else in this life. It’s such a big part of me that I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When you listen to my music you will no doubt hear a rawness to the art that seems to be lacking in a lot of the more popular music out right now. There’s no bullshit in my art. You are getting 100 percent me in the music so if you relate to the music, you relate to me. We are taught to control our emotions on a daily basis, and I’ve found solace in my music being that break from all the crap that life throws at you. I’m here for you through my music. That’s all I need.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite restaurants in NY are: Bond St, Han Dynasty, Kouzan and Lenwich. If one were to spend a week in New York, I would tell them to do two things. First, go see a show at the Beacon Theatre. Second, take a Revel ride (scooter ride) through the city at night or during the day. Preferably both. Obviously for food any of the places I listed above will serve you well and leave you smiling. But the one thing I really recommend is to just take a walk anywhere. Pop your headphones in a listen to your favorite album all the way through, top to bottom. The City’s energy will only heighten your love of the music and the visuals of everyday people living such separate lives so close together will blow you away – in a good way reminding you that life goes on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to dedicate this one to a close friend of mine, Tyler Matos. She has pushed me to go above and beyond with my artistry and has encouraged me to keep going no matter what. Most importantly she sincerely believes in me which helps me to keep believing in myself.