Kruel Empire Radio had the opportunity to interview Johnny Opus regarding his music, his process, and his plans for the future. Continue reading below to get all the details.
Describe your creative process when you write new music.
A finished piece of music is the center of a spiderweb spiraling out into the various notebooks, sketches, books, pictures, recordings, memories etc. When a track catches someone's attention, it could be because of any one of these reasons, each song is different but the intended response is an emotional attachment to the song itself. Timer beats, journaling, writing poetry, practicing guitar and painting are a few activities I can become gripped by and when a song is nearing completion, the web is always different. Sometimes it just falls out of me, other times it's like throwing paint at the wall and some songs take years before they come to full fruition.
Who's your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
The ideal artist I would like to collaborate with would be a DJ that is not afraid to take chances and improvise. I intend to perform my new music on acoustic guitar accompanied by the rest of the track etc. so if there was a person on turntables queuing backtracks, transitioning songs, scratching, finger drumming and improvising it could create a really awesome experience. The music I am making doesn't quite fit into any one box and I would like to collaborate with artists that are ok with experimentation. Putting music out into the world is a vulnerable endeavor and I would like to work with someone willing to work both inside and outside of the box.
What's the best piece of advice another artist ever gave you?
The best advice another artist gave me came from the wise words of Jim Carrey when he said "You could do what's safe and still fail so why not take a chance at doing what you love".
What inspired you to make your most recent project/single?
The most recent project I have released was initially inspired after hearing "Crystallize" by Lindsey Stirling. I have previously released electronic, folk, rock and instrumental projects but Portals is the combination of all 3 of these styles. It's entirely instrumental but I plan to incorporate vocals moving forward now that I have a solid foundation and the skills to finish music at a certain standard in a reasonable amount of time.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe the music I plan to create going forward as a combination of folktronica and dubstep. I'm not sure which genre best describes my music because I feel like I'm still figuring that out. Electronica for sure.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
The best version of ourselves is found on the path towards that which may never be achieved.
What is your favorite song to perform?
If I had to pick one favorite song to perform above all others it would be "Tow" by The Devil Makes Three. It's the first song that I could really turn heads with at an open mic or anywhere. The feel and lyrical style is old time so in a way it's timeless even though it was released in 2004. A powerful song I put my own unique spin on that seems to resonate with almost every type of person.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The music industry seems to be changing in my favor all on its own. I'm not really sure what I would change because the industry itself is changing and I would not want to inadvertently make things harder for myself. Maybe if labels were more interested in taking chances with innovative music rather than just throwing artists at the wall and seeing what sticks.