Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
A1: Don’t compare your struggle to anyone else’s. There’s absolutely no basis in which to do that. Keep your head down and work hard.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: I started playing the cello when I was 8 and recently picked it up again for a recording session when I was helping a mate out with her EP. I’d probably be a doctor if I weren’t a musician. That’s what I was gonna do before I decided to go into music.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: The realization that nothing matters is what motivates me. I know it sounds pretty strange, but I’ve always got this cynical thought at the back of my mind, so for me it’s the fact that I can get involved in something and make it matter a lot to me that keeps me inspired.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?
A4: I’ll never forget how tough it was leaving home at 17. I’m glad I learned the value of hard-work before I learned the value of anything else. I think that’s the only reason I’ve been able to survive on my own.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: I was gonna say yes but I don’t think I would. At the end of the day, life is all about the journey.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: It would be cool to have an album out. I also wanna be a better producer.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: I’d say a lot of my past experience influenced me to be a songwriter/musician. It’s slightly ironic because countless times I’ve been actively discouraged from being a musician by other people. Looks like it had the opposite effect.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: There’s a band I discovered on Spotify, and I’ve seen them live as well. They’re called Cassels. They’ve got a tune called Opia and there’s this line in it. “If we stand close enough together maybe we can convince ourselves that we’re all having fun”. And then one by me is “You care enough to try and make it seem like you don’t care”. I think they’re both quite telling about my generation. Anyone who really understands young people nowadays knows that it’s not that most of us don’t care about anything, but rather a lot of young people care too much about superficial things.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: Cosmo Pyke, I like his jazzy style. He also uses some pretty wavy chords.
Q10: What is most inspiring message you have internalised in life so far?
A10: Stop trying to find yourself, the point of life is to create yourself.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: My motto in life is ‘variety is the spice of life’.
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: Cosmo Pyke – Chronic Sunshine, Social Sites. Chance the rapper did an album with The Social Experiment called Surf which is pretty amazing. J Cole – Neighbours. Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn. Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: Ben Howard – Further Away. It reminds me of the hours of introspection that I put myself when I was young.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears
A14: To travel around the world would be pretty sweet. I’m always fearful that I’ll have to depend on someone else for something important to me.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: Well I’ve just started a campaign with Gibson Guitars, and I’m hosting and performing at gigs for Air BnB, so now I’m looking forward to releasing my first EP. Looking forward to finally have something out.
Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out there dreams?
A16: Live out your dreams every day.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17: There should be something on the interwebs if you google Jay Johnson. jayjohnson.co.uk