An Interview With Johann TM

Q: Welcome! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

A: Hi thanks for having me! I’m an Alternative Pop artist, based in London (the greatest but currently the most insanely expensive city in the world). I’ve been writing music for a long, long time and am currently in a tricky situation where I know that I have a talent that I need to maximize and that music is the only thing that I’m way above average good at, but I have so
far not managed to gain any kind of success in this fickle industry AND I have a full-time job. Come on record label gods, look past my less than 1000 followers on Instagram and realize my ability to make you the money to buy another island in the long run!

Q: You recently released your new single ”We Talk ”. Can you tell us what the song is about?

A: Well, the gestation of this song ‘We Talk’ is kind of an interesting one because it’s a very old song. It was one of the first songs that I wrote that I think still holds up today. I started writing it when I was 16 years old, and when I was writing that I knew it was pretty special for that period in time, but obviously that was nearly 10 years ago. I did an acoustic guitar demo a few years after writing it, and it’s gone through a lyrical evolution and stuff and then this version that you hear on the single was recorded at the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 and, in 2022 it was remixed and new bass guitar was added. And now it’s out! It’s about that unexplored topic of a “romantic break up”, written from the perspective of a heartbroken person. It’s not autobiographical as I’ve never experienced heartbreak or any negative emotions.

Q: What inspirations do you take when writing your music?

A: There’s no way to not be vague about this really, but I get inspired by whatever’s inspiring me at that moment. If you’re a songwriter, essentially what you’re trying to do is make something that makes you feel something deeply, preferably something pleasant. Now that is a very abstract goal. If you’re a plumber and need to fix a boiler (a job I’m in awe of as I don’t have a practical bone in my body), the job objective is pretty straightforward, and although it might be very difficult and annoying to achieve the goal, once you’ve got it you’ve got it and pretty much everyone will be in agreement that the job has been achieved. But if you’re a *deep breath* artist, then your goal will never be achieved in everyone’s eyes. There is not one simple solution to that problem, but being honest with yourself, and knowing what you think about your material is important I think. Also being kind to yourself is important. But chasing emotions is a pretty dangerous and difficult career path, and I’m still figuring that one out. Put in less self-indulgent terms, I’m trying to make something that’ll make me so rich that it’ll allow me to have a private chef make me whatever I drunkenly shout at them to make and order my pilot to take me to whichever corner of Telford I desire.

Q: Who are your current favorite new artists?

A: I don’t know what artists count as new… can’t really think of any. If I think of the latest modern songs that blew me away, would be Olivia Rodrido’s driver’s license (which made me and all the other songwriters go on holiday for a week because what’s the point) and Blawan’s Under Belly (which is the hardest shit ever made, and I have messaged Blawan about this but he astonishingly hasn’t replied). Right now I’m just too deep in trying to find the deepest corners of soundtracks to Adam Curtis documentaries that I haven’t listened to yet.

Q: Who would your dream collaboration be with, and why?

A: Collaborating with Tyler, The Creator would be great. He’s a genius. Eminem. Stevie Wonder. Lana Del Rey. Kevin Parker. Woah how about Sade?? That would be incredible. Why? Because they’re awesome and maybe we’d make something awesome together. Something in my brain tells me these collaborations are unlikely to happen within the next few months though, though you never know! I’m joking. I know.

Q: What does the rest of the year have in store for you?

A: Well carrying on trying to walk that tightrope of working on music as well as I can (note, not working as hard as I can, tried that and it was foolish) and also making enough money to have a roof over my head, buy food and see friends every now and again is a very tricky one to balance. So let’s see how that goes. Apart from that, release more music, finally find the
time to get back on TikTok, and ignore the voices in my head telling me that I’m an idiot for even trying to make it as a musician and that I’m not going to get anywhere, and indulging the other voices that are telling me that I’m going to be extremely successful. I need to build a fan base, which is a mysterious concept. If for that to happen, you need to have people like and feel affection for you, I’m utterly done for and might as well pop down the taxidermist’s right now. But come on guys it’s just image-building, I’m not this edgy in real life! Anyway, thank you for reading this gluttonous tripe, and have a good day!

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