Hey. I am Johnny (37) I have been in the music industry for 21 years in Bands, Recording Studios and Radio.
Studio Work as Sound Engineer
Session Musician incl Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals
Voice Overs & Jingles
Online Radio Station Founder
Online Radio Station Builder
I have a passion for all things creative.
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Interview with Johnny G
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I used to play drums as a session player in a studio. In the bands I used to play for, I was responsible for all the mixing. I have a keen ear for great sound. Later in life I created an online radio station and built everything myself, including the web design, coding and lastly all jingles.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Every creative element is inspiring. But I like the concept of "less is more". For example, I love the sound of a 3 piece band (drums, guitar and bass). It sounds more natural. I prefer that to a 16 track song.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mostly with Ableton. I have guitars, keys and mic's. The station is a secret ;)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Steve Jobs once said: "Good artists copy; Great artists steal". You simply have to get inspired by the ever changing music scene. Take something that appeals to you, perfect it, and make it your own. The world is my school.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: In my band I was nicknamed 'The Clock'. I see the spaces in between. I think of things not thought of. Again, there is beauty in negative space.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My creativity off course. I cannot stop being creative in everything. From thinking about chord progression to lyrics to doodling at my desk. If I have nothing to keep me occupied, I tap my fingers to inaudible music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative Rock. Industrial.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Again, less is more.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kurt, obviously. If it wasn't for listening to "Something In The Way", I would never have picked up a guitar and my life would never had been the same.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sophisticated but Raw.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career still puts bread on the table. This is a means of having passion contribute.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Solar Panel. My PC. Guitar. Mic. Speakers.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Just to give me a chance and prove myself. I have no credits and would like to build a reputation here. I will work my hardest and be honest and creative at all times.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What made you choose my services and what do you think I can improve upon.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I believe everyone can do things a lot more efficiently if they just looked a little deeper or scratched the surface. Generally I search for answers on questions that I ask myself, and in the end, I can't believe how easy it is and how we are being misconceived by the industry. Therefor this is a tough question. Misconception is in the eyes of the misconceived.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Please be my customer and ask the question.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life. Therefor, if music was to put bread on the table, and was my day job, I would love to interact with other musicians or creative people to learn from and give insight. To see from someone else's perspective.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best. It is not possible to do better than that no matter what the world tells you. You can get better yes, as you gain more experience, but in the present, only your best is possible.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It's not for me to choose or say. But that's the trend of the world today.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet :)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My station and original music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Well, when I relocated from my home town to where I am now, life changed. I had children and I left my band mates at home. Late nights playing in bars became late nights looking after sleepless babies. I missed music so much and simply did not have the time to get back into the industry in the performance sense. I then started thinking about creating the radio station which I did. All the energy and time that I put into it as well as creating voiceovers and jingles, was a first. When I saw the whole thing come together and get noticed, I felt liberated.