Five Questions With Johnny Blue

Toronto, ON-based hip-hop maestro Johnny Blue has unveiled his newest single, “Levitate”.

Johnny Blue is no stranger to wielding multiple genres to his advantage, as “Levitate” evokes the sensation of a moonlit cruise down city streets, as bumping R&B and jazz dynamics take the wheel.

The track begins with gentle keys guiding the listener into the passenger seat as a grooving bass line starts the ignition, with Blue’s lyrics slowly pressing on the gas and kicking off a lyrical confession as the tires turn.

“Got no room for hate / Too much love to circulate / Too much shine to mess with shade / Tryin’ to resonate/ Illuminate, Levitate…”

Blue’s introspective tendency shines through in this track, with every bar acknowledging the reflections of the world around him and the struggles within himself, with his desires for living a serene and purposeful life taking centre stage.

“He thought his squad was solid but snakes are standing beside him / Switch like seasons, okay I change with the time s/ The boy’s a full entree, comes with a couple of sides / Comes with a couple of vibes…”

The tone of the track doesn’t shy away from Blue’s past, with allusions to the type of person he was, his brushes with the law, and the kind of individual he’s trying to be now.

Check out “Levitate” below while you find out more about Johnny Blue via our Five Questions With segment, and be sure to stay tuned for his upcoming EP, Until Then.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

What’s up readers, I’m Johnny Blue. I’m an independent Artist/Producer from Keswick, a small town in Ontario, Canada (iykyk). My music is rooted in Rap/Hip-Hop with heavy Jazz & R&B influences amongst other genres. I started playing drums when I was 10, and began making music when I was 17. For me, It’s always been an escape and a safe place to express myself.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I’m pretty eclectic when I make music, pulling inspiration from a lot of different styles and genres to make something new. When I was a kid my father exposed me to so many different kinds of music so I think that’s where it comes from. I like to experiment and explore new territory when I create. As for writing, it’s a combination of my experiences and my imagination. I write a lot of blurbs or one-liners and expand on them later rather than sitting down to write a song. I just tap into what I feel, see, and think.

What have you been doing to keep yourself creative during the pandemic?

I’ve just been creating as much as I can. I’ve tried to adopt a more disciplined approach to making music as waiting on sparks to ignite my work tends to leave me feeling unfulfilled. When the well runs dry I like to draw and paint. I’m a terrible painter but it helps me create with no expectations, which I think is important.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

My music varies a lot from project to project, but currently, I think I’d suggest “Levitate” or “Stuck Below The Sun”, depending on the person. Both songs accurately represent Johnny Blue as an artist in different lights.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

There’s a lot. Jugger, Nicholas Craven, Jazz Cartier, Daniel Caesar, River Tiber, Allan Rayman, Cassidy Jane, Elyssa Plaza, Tha Professor. All of these artists are insanely talented and deserve their flowers.

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