Vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Third is back with his gorgeous new single ‘Promises.’ The track is the Melbourne artists’ third of the year, and demonstrates his upward trajectory rather eloquently. Johnny Third places his RnB reminiscent vocals over a glitchy beat – his production style is unique, and his sound familiar yet original.
The young producer is rapidly growing in popularity, with his first two singles clocking in more than 100,000 plays online each. We decided that we wanted to pull the veil back on the world of Johnny Third, and look into what makes the man behind the music tick.
So, we sat down with Johnny and got the lowdown on his career so far, his new single ‘Promises’ and his plans for the future.
This has been a massive year for you! You’ve just released your third single of 2017, ‘Promises’ and played some epic club shows around the country – tell us about some of your highlights so far?
The past 12 months have been incredible, from playing my first solo show, to completing my 5th AUS/NZ tour, building a record label (Third Time Lucky) and featuring my own voice on each single release. There has been so many highs for me musically and each tour has grown significantly bigger than the last, but nothing compares to having people singing my songs back to me in a coastal city called Townsville, a place I have never been to before. Pretty surreal.
Your sound is unique in the way it combines elements of heavy-hitting trap and future bass with pop and soul – is this intentional, or just a result of the music you are listening to at this point in time? Do you think it would differ in 6 months, 12 months time?
Since commencing my solo project, it has always been a goal to produce music that is a reflection of my personality and a combination of all musical influences without any limitations of genres. I grew up listening to a large array of music from RnB/Pop to punk rock and I think my music is a reflection of this. I am currently working on my debut EP, and letting more and more of my personality shine through with each track, I can tell you the music is something we have yet to experience from producers in EDM. If you’re a fan of Justin Timberlake, Panic! At The Disco, Justice, Bring Me The Horizon, Chris Brown and Jack U then this EP will be right up your alley.
How do you approach your song creation process? Is it something that comes to you organically, or do you lock yourself away in a room and approach it with a certain method?
It’s actually a bit of both. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how I begin as every production starts very differently. I will always write the music first then layer down the vocals, after that I’ll mix the record down and then I’ll send it off for mastering. Although these are steps I always take, the parts in between are organic and I like to go with whatever happens.
Do you have any quirky routines or superstitions that you have to perform before you record or perform?
Before I perform I like to be alone and not talk to anyone as I love to visualise my set and get in the zone. So I apologise in advance if anyone approaches me 10 minutes before I go on stage and I don’t say much haha.
Have you worked with many local artists to date? Are there any who have you excited for the future of Australian electronic music that you hope to collaborate with in the future?
I haven’t released any music with local artists yet but I do have both local and international collaborations in the works at the moment which is really exciting. The great part of running Third Time Lucky is that we can support local artists by having them remix my music, which is then released on the label. We have worked with some amazing up and coming artists such as Tiber and Badrapper and also have a huge remix for ‘Promises’ coming very soon.
What can we expect from you in the tail-end of 2017? Are there any plans for an album?
I have a few more singles I’ve been working on that will be released by the end of the year, as well as a massive tour and maybe some sneak previews of my debut EP which is set to be released within the next 6 months.
What’s the worst ‘Promise’ you have ever broken?
Hmm to be honest I don’t like to make promises I can’t keep… But I guess when I was in my early teens, coming home heavily intoxicated (while underage), hours after I promised my parents I wouldn’t.. that would count as a broken promise? Haha