Toronto-based artist Brian Johnson is set to release a new full-length album named “That Culture” next year.
While studies have shown that mental health issues during the pandemic have contributed to a lack of motivation and difficulty concentrating, Johnson says he was able to be productive during lockdown.
“The pandemic really slowed everything down and made me focus on what I really wanted to do,” said Johnson. “It gave me the opportunity to transform my sound and the time to create my new full-length album dropping soon.”
Johnson’s love for music started at a young age and developed into promising opportunities.
“I was in an R&B group called ‘Heni-C’ as a teenager,” said Johnson. “We did performances at local nightclubs and even television shows like Open Mic with Mike Bullard and Rogers Daytime.
He was influenced by a variety of artists across many genres.
“Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Wu-Tang. If it sounds good and has a great vibe, I’m into it,” said Johnson.
Johnson’s sound has since transformed, holding on to past influences and blazing a new path in the techno/house realm. He says all of these influences are present in his latest project.
“I really wanted to move away from the slower, melodic deep house vibe and get more into an up-tempo, tech house/heavy bass feel,” said Johnson. “I really wanted to just get out there again and dance!”
He features a variety of artists and even showcases some vocals.
“The lovely Renee Wynter did vocals on the album. She’s always a pleasure to work with, an excellent writer who always understands the assignment. I also got Remixes from 1/2 of Art Department and Superstar DJ Kenny Glasgow and Montreal‘s techno and Dub legend Pheek,” said Johnson.
Johnson just wants to put out great music.
“I plan on releasing the full-length ‘That Culture’ album, amongst other releases from a few different artists, on the Master Chef Music record label,” said Johnson.
Johnson had to cancel a few performances to promote the release due to unforeseen circumstances unrelated to music, but he reassures fans it will be worth the wait.
“I’m planning to have a vinyl release party in the next month or so — stay tuned,” said Johnson.
Johnson’s music is available now on all streaming platforms, and he wants to hear from you.
“I’m open to any feedback from listeners,” said Johnson, pointing fans to his Instagram account.
‘That Culture’ album is coming soon.