ARTIST NAME: Johnny (From the Burbs)

 

SONG TITLE: AWFUL

 

ALBUM TITLE:  UNSTOPPABLE

 

RELEASE DATE: 17/04/2020

 

GENRE: Hip-Hop/Grime

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

Instagram

 

iTunes

 

Spotify

 

Bandcamp

 

Website

 

Johnny (From the Burbs) is a Sydney based artist and producer creating a unique brand of hip-hop influenced by his upbringing, his ideology and the numerous musical avenues he has explored whilst honing his musical identity.

 

Active since 2017, Johnny (From the Burbs) has managed to carve out a niche for himself with the scope of Western Sydney’s melting pot of talent and after a string of EPs and well-received singles returns with AWFUL, his first single of 2020 and the first official release from his debut album UNSTOPPABLE, slated for release in late 2020.

.

.

.

Discuss your recording experience with your producer. 

The track is self-produced, I had some friends over one night and we were just chilling and smoking when I made the beat. This was over a year ago; I recorded the first verse that night and built it from there!

.

.

.

Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song. 

Usually for myself, I’ll focus on creating the beat before focusing on lyrics or vocal melodies. However, I do try to write lyrics any time that I can.

.

.

.

 

Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

New artists should make sure they are investing in their-self, their image and their brand. This doesn’t have to be monetarily per se; you wouldn’t drop a track with a harsh mix, or without finished art, so your ideals, your image, your persona should all be refined and connected with your audience. It’s not easy; it is something I continue to struggle with but is something I have tried to keep in the back of my mind since I started. In saying all that though, don’t let it come before the music.

.

.

.

 

Discuss your worst experience in the music business. 

I think unfortunately, our current time is the worst experience for myself in this business, and for many other musicians. Having to have gigs canceled, some people are delaying releases and others are having their day jobs cut or terminated causing severe financial stress.

.

.

.

Tell us how you deal with rejection. 

It is imperative to realize that eventually someone is going to click with your music outside of your circle. Just because you have received 100 noes’ does not mean the next one won’t be a yes.

.

.

.

Tell us the music that makes you happy. 

I’m a sucker for a lot of music; things that usually bring a smile to my face are some of the classic metal records I used to bump when I was a teenager; Toxicity by System of A Down specifically. However, this list also includes but is not limited to early Kanye, Dr. Dre, Bring Me Back to Life by Evanesence and most Billy Joel songs.

.

.

.

 

Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song. 

I work in Ableton Live and use a lot of midi, virtual instruments, and sampling to compose.

 

Recently though, I have been trying to incorporate more guitar playing within my beats, which has encouraged me to up my chops.

.

.

.

Tell us how you feel when you sing, and your fans sing along to your song. 

It’s a top-three feeling. Very humbling to see that…

.

.

.

Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song. 

Something that reflects where I am in life, something that I can bump day in day out and something that I know is going to be different.

.

.

.

Tell us about your approach to writing. 

Writing can begin at any time. I’m always trying to write lyrics. I have no specific approach other than just taking my time and making sure I’m working towards something that pleases my ears.

.

.

.

 

Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style. 

In my time releasing music, I have put out a fair bit of material. Luckily, I think that has allowed me to refine my sounds and output earlier than if I had of sat on it all. Growing and learning from my past drops, what went well, what didn’t and most importantly, what still resonates? I find myself returning to experimenting with styles I was visiting on my very first EP (Springtime Sorrows) with more intensity and with more skills up my sleeve, so I am very excited to release what is being kept under wraps.

.

.

.

Tell us how to record a song. 

Recording a song has never been easier than ever, I mean you could pull out a piano or guitar progression; sing over it in voice memos and that is a track.

 

 

For myself, working in Ableton I’m able to track my vocals right into the beat after I’m happy with the skeleton. The next part is refining and making sure each element has a purpose and hits hard. This is a process that could take a few days or one that in the case of AWFUL, took almost a year after adding new vocal harmonies and trial and error…. 

.

.

.

Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone. 

For most of the tracks I write, I generally write and produce everything myself. Usually I outsource the mix, but I have had a string of collabs released in the last year with various artists around Sydney such as Bart XL and Algorhythms (Who also mixed AWFUL).

.

.

.

Discuss your experience with fans

I have luckily been able to develop a cult following within Sydney that obviously just started with close friends. That has since developed to a close-knit community who I value immensely and am extremely appreciative for.

 

I try to keep in touch with fans via social media interaction or at shows and love hearing how my music has impacted them.

 

A big shoutout to my fans, especially the one kid from Bradenton who used one of my tracks as his sophomore baseball walk-out. 

.

.

.

Tell us your experience of booking gigs and shows. 

I’ve had a lot of fun being able to curate several gigs around Sydney featuring handpicked line-ups.

 

 

Generally, it’s just myself and bunch of friends putting on high-energy shows for the underground. I’ve had some luck with getting booked for a few bigger or better-paying shows but I love being able to have a say in how the night comes together.

.

.

.

 

Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film. 

That would be insane. I would love that. I have always wanted to score a film and was involved in creating the music for a few short films…

.

.

.

Elaborate on the song.

AWFUL is a self-produced, aggressive anthem boasting buttery bars and smooth melodies.

 

As a former metal vocalist, I decided to revisit some of the things that made me want to make music in the first place and wanted to experiment with my singing on an otherwise heavy and hyped track. I guarantee it is something unique and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is something I am extremely proud of.

.

.

.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album. 

My name reflects where I am from, it is no more than I am Johnny and I’m from the suburbs of Sydney’s northwest. Born and raised. It’s also inspired by Jenny from the block. Used to have a little, and I still do, but we stay focused.

 

AWFUL is taken from my upcoming debut album, which so far, has a working title of UNSTOPPABLE. The name comes from my producer-tag which is a soundbyte from Dota 2.

.

.

.

Share your press release and review with us.

Hills District hip-hop artist and producer Johnny (From the Burbs) returns to release his first single of 2020 and the third respective single from his forthcoming album ‘UNSTOPPABLE.’

 

AWFUL, produced by Johhny himself, is a distorted, grimy alternative hip-hop track boasting boosted bass, woozy melodies, and hard-hitting bars.

 

AWFUL proceeds a string of successful singles released in 2019 including ‘CHOKED OUT!’ featuring Inner West artist BART XL and ‘1-UP,’ which has seen great success on streaming services.

 

Johnny (From the Burbs) delivers a unique and intoxicatingly emotive performance touching on themes of reflection, self- doubt and the grind with some witty bars blended into the mix.


Leave a Reply


SIGN INTO YOUR ACCOUNT CREATE NEW ACCOUNT

 
×
 
×
FORGOT YOUR DETAILS?
×

Go up