Chris Johnston

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I started writing songs when I was 14 and have continued to do so ever since working solo and with others. I am now frontman of rock/reggae band The Android Jellybabies.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music has always been a huge influence on me and something I'd get very emotionally involved in right from when I was young. It brings back memories and feelings and can totally shift my mood. It has inspired me in all sorts of ways and I always wanted to make music myself so that I could inspire others.

What is your music dream?

To have written something that stands the test of time and (in the shorter term) to be able to inspire others.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

No violence would be a good start.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Oooh, SO many to choose from! I guess it would have to be "The Harder I Try" by Brother Beyond as it was the first pop song I was really aware of and the first to get me into pop music.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Again there are so many. Cliff Richard was one of very early favourites and he still is. More recently I've really enjoyed bands and artists from Japan, in particular X Japan, Gackt, Hizaki, Malice Mizer and Miyu Nagase.

What inspires you to make music?

Pretty much anything. Sometimes it's hearing something else I enjoy, other times it's me wanting to express myself or even just a phrase or idea that I think would work well as a song.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Love and positivity mostly.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Depends on the audience hehe.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I think it's difficult and a lot of times musicians are given a very raw deal, especially when it comes to pay. I think musicians (and other creative people) should be treated with more respect. For them, it's not just something they do for a laugh, it's their livelihoods, their passions and talent that takes a lot of work. I wish some people could see that and respect it.

What do you think of Drooble?

Seems good so far :)

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Lack of respect for musicians. And not quite being able to play like I want to play yet. Still a few techniques I wanna get sorted!

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yeah, I've often been along to gigs to support other local artists and bands and have bought their music. I've also organised a few events to give people chance to perform.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Resilience. It's not easy and there will be knockbacks. It's just a case of dealing with them and carrying on. Raw talent helps too :)

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Hmm, who haven't you heard of? I expect Miyu Nagase and her former band Zone could be a couple. I love their music and Miyu has been a huge inspiration.