I know him as Jhonny K, and met him through Kaisie at the local songwriter events. He’s currently in a cowrite with Kaisie, and they came up with a really fun melody. Can’t wait to hear the lyrics come together!
Jhonny K joins us in the songwriter interview series. You can learn more about him at on his Facebook page.
- What was your early musical inspiration?
I grew up playing trumpet and I loved all the big band music. My dad loved ACDC, Led Zeppelin, and Neil Diamond. My mom loved ABBA and Neil so I loved all of that and had that mixed with all my big band stuff.
- What prompted you to get into this business?
Honestly, I wanted to create a difference. I love pop music and upbeat stuff to groove to. I worked with troubled kids and have life coached a ton of people for several years and wanted to reach out and help them change and become better through music.
- What inspires you now?
Musically and lyrically I get inspiration from all over the place! I try to take what happens to me and what is affecting everyone as a whole and write about it. Whether its the economy, everyone freaking out about 2012, whatever it may be… big or small I write about it
- What is your “guilty pleasure” as far as music goes?
I love love hip hop and pop music…. yes the annoying teenie bopper kind… I love it!
- What are some of your favorite lyrics, and why?
I love the song “Shine” by Collective Soul. I can relate to that. I have a yearning to have more from heaven: more love, more light, more life.. That is usually what I write towards and about.
- What’s the best advice you’ve gotten (in this industry)?
One thing that I love came recently from Richard Parkinson when he said people could care less about what they hear, they really care about how they feel. That has truly changed how I write and perform.
The other thing I was advised was to be patient and be persistent in making music, Youtube Videos and study my craft.
The other thing I got was from Alex Boye (on Twitter), when he told me that if I want this to be my life, I can’t be good every other show. I have to be on my A-game every time I get on stage. I take that very seriously.
- How did you pick your genre?
My soul yearns for and loves loves rock. So honestly I feel it picked me. Blues rock pop is something I can relate to and naturally sing and write towards.
- Tell us about your best cowrite, and why was it so awesome?
I have not ever had a bad cowrite yet. I enjoy every time I get to sit down with someone else and create something together. Synergy is something I truly enjoy. So any time I can sit down with someone, I enjoy it. So cliche, but I love every cowrite I have had so far.
Kaisie and I went to Jhonny K’s friend’s house and watched him put this composition together from scratch… it was amazing to see the talent put this together in less than two hours: