Johan Kull is inspired by artists such as Bon Iver, Finneas and Phoebe Bridgers, and describes his music as melodious och emotional alternative pop, with influences from dream pop and ambient. His melancholic music is characterized by it’s dreamy soundscapes and layers of vocals.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Of course! Being able to hang out with people again after the worst of the pandemic and play live with friends has really got my writing going again so the year has been good so far.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I have been a musician for most of my life, and played in several bands and have not primarily been a singer. I feel my journey as an artist has made me more comfortable with my voice.
How did you come up with your latest project? How did your latest title of your music come to be?
I wanted to pay tribute to my girlfriend so I wrote a song about feeling like home when I’m with her and I released it on her birthday.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from a really small town in the south part of Sweden with only a couple of thousand residents.
Where do you live now?
Currently I’m living in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm and have been for the last 12 years.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Not particularly. But on the other hand I am not sure I would have released my own music if I hadn't moved to Stockholm.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I actually don’t know. I just felt I had to express myself that way. After just being a musician for other artists I wanted to put every piece together myself. I suddenly had lots of ideas about how I wanted to sound and the melodies and so I started writing.
How do you want to shape your career?
I want to continue to write and release my own music but at the same time continue to produce for others as well. It’s just something about composing and arranging that’s different from everything else.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I actually prefer a tight timeline. If I don’t have a strict deadline I’m not going to do anything at all. The best way for me is to announce a song before it’s finished, then I have to do it.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
When it’s done it feels amazing. The hard part is to decide when it actually is done. I mean the songs are never done and can always get better because you as an artist can always get better. You just have to get to a point where you decide it’s good enough and you feel you can present it.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Of course! I write my music out of my emotions. It’s a way to express how I feel.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
Spotify, Youtube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and other platforms where you can stream music.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
I believe some critic said something like it was clear that my music sounded highly educated and was very well produced. That was just a very big compliment.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Hopefully a new single in the near present and maybe an EP after that. It’s been a while since my latest music so I’m eager to release more.
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