Q1: If you had the opportunity to get a inspiring message across to a large amount of people, what would your message be?
A1: We are human beings- not human doings. It’s so much more important who we are and not what we do.
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: As kids me and my 2 brothers loved jamming and recording our creative hysteria to a mic which was really only a reversed speaker. When I moved to London I formed an indie guitar band Joana And The Wolf – it was the beginning of writing and performing my own songs which at the time I wrote on a cheap Yamaha keyboard.
If I wasn’t an artist I’d become a hermit.
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: Understanding how little time we have as humans gives me a proper kick to go and do things.
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learnt from it?
A4: I got myself a one way plane ticket to New York, packed an old leather suitcase I found on the doorstep and left in 2 weeks time giving everyone a terribly short notice. When I got there I booked myself 7 shows and played all the new songs to a completely unfamiliar audience. It was the first time I went onstage all by myself. I was hardly ready then, my piano skills were still so rough. But it worked. I got so much support and encouragement there. It taught me how to first jump and then learn to swim on the go.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: Going back is always a bit dangerous. It’s like walking on a tight rope and looking down and trying to imagine things. I try to stay focused on my present step.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: Get a driving license and travel to Siberia and Mongolia all by myself.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: When I was 9 my grandmother died and my parents placed an upright piano in my room. Even though I didn’t learn playing it then I got used to sleeping next to it, it was my room mate for many years. I never heard anyone in my family sing. Yet it seamed a natural tool to me since I was a kid, somehow words felt more convincing and compelling when I sang them.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: All the lyrics I write are equally important to me. When the right words come you feel a huge relief, it unlocks something within you. They are so personal but also universal. The images evoked in the songs can be looked at from different angles so they will still be relevant to me after a long time.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: I’d love to work with Swedish director Fredrik Edfeldt on a video. Absolutely love his film- Flickan. Watched it about 4 times now.
Q10: What is most inspiring message you have internalised in life so far?
A10: Someone advised me to look at my achievements not in the context of society but nature. I found it quite freeing.
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: Respect imperfections.
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: I don’t do playlists. I still listen to albums or individual tracks on a loop when I’m in love with them. Now it’s Joep Franssens – Harmony of the Spheres, Daniel Schmidt – In My Arms, Many Flowers, Simeon ten Holt – Canto Ostinato for two pianos and two marimbas.
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: Haven’t found this song yet. Each day has to come with a new song for me.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears
A14: My biggest dream is to become fearless. Fear is such a distortion, it doesn’t let us see things the way they are. When we are scared we twist our true self, make it distorted, and it becomes hard for other people to truly see or understand us too. When I sense fear within myself I tend to go and face this fear, do the thing I’m mostly scared of and then be free form it.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: The album is out 29th of September. Lots of live shows to follow and then get back to my songwriting lab.
Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out there dreams?
A16: Don’t look around. Look inside.
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17:I don’t see it as my career. It’s just what I am. You can listen to my songs on bandcamp, soundcloud, youtube, check my random posts on facebook and twitter. Digitally Wind Sculptures will be available on all platforms and the vinyl- via bandcamp.
Thank you so much for your lovely questions!
Coming Home, the new single, is also live here, so you can share that too: https://soundcloud.com/johannaglaza/coming-home
Johanna Glaza – Wind Sculptures
Out 29 September 2017
New single Space Mermaids out now:
“Without doubt the most immediately impressive song of hers to date” – The 405
“Out of this world and striking” – Wonderland
“Wonderfully off piste, reminiscent of those early Kate Bush recordings in its ability to summon an alternative world” – CLASH
“Hauntingly beautiful voice” – Brightest Young Things