Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ellis Johnson.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about yourself:
JOHNSON: I’m a singer songwriter from Manchester UK.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
JOHNSON: Difficult one, my influences span throughout many genres and artists. They’ve changed as time has gone on. Initially I was massively influenced by Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, etc… My first instrument is drums so I was heavily into Bonham and Grohl. Over the years I’ve gotten into soul music and indie, to name a couple of genres. I love everything from Sam Cooke to Nathaniel Rateliff and Gang of Youths.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
JOHNSON: It’s called ‘Something Criminal’. It’s a foot tapper. Nice to chill out too, and if anyone’s been shafted by the cold rod of heartbreak, they may relate to the lyrics.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
JOHNSON: A ruddy good time! I like to engage with my audience and have a laugh as well as getting them all to sing along. What are we without a bit of banter?! I hope people expect to feel good and enjoy the art of live music.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do yourself in 5 years?
JOHNSON: I’d like to think my fan base will grow and I’ll be playing some great shows to great people. I’d also love to open up for some reputable acts. I want to make a fortune and drive an old banger into a sizeable puddle, then throw a hotel room service menu out of the window, then shout something profound. I’d also love a swimming pool.