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Best of the Listening Room | Meet Johnny Drille

Best of the Listening Room | Meet Johnny Drille
ArtistsJune 21, 2021

Our Best of the Listening Room series highlights standout performances that have won over audiences around the world. Find the videos on our YouTube channel and learn more about the artists, their work, and their music journey, here on the Sofar blog. This week meet Johnny Drille, an alternative artist known for crafting emotive and heartfelt songs. Watch him perform, “Papa,” from Sofar Lagos, and read more about his music journey in the interview below.

Can you name a moment that you realized how important music is to you?

When I was in my teens I was part of the choir in my family’s neighborhood church and a certain day while in service it hit me, I knew there was more that I wanted to be as a musician and artist, I loved my local church but I knew I had a purpose beyond just my neighborhood.

How did that moment shape your transition into a music career?

From that day I started learning to create my own music. I learned the basics of music production, mixing and mastering, and songwriting all by myself because I needed to constantly be releasing all the musical energy in me. It was exciting, I just couldn’t stop thinking about music

Are there any specific albums that have had a big influence on your music career and style?

Jon Bellion’s The Human Condition has had the most impact on me as an artist but I’ve also been influenced by Babel by Mumford & Sons, and Ocean Eyes by Owl City.

What are you working on right now?

Currently wrapping up my debut album, it’s been such an exciting and emotional journey for me. I’m really proud of it and grateful for everyone that’s been a part of it.

Dream collaboration and why?

Jon Bellion!!! He’s had the most impact on my music. Was at his concert in Nashville and it was the best concert I ever attended. His music doesn’t conform and he is unapologetic about that. He just seems genuinely excited about creating music, almost like he makes the music in his head and not anything in the general pop market.

How has your music career changed since the start of COVID-19?

I’ve really missed performing at live events since the pandemic hit and being able to have that close interaction with my fans, but thankfully things are gradually getting back to normal.

If you could play a Sofar show anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you want it to be?

I’ve always looked forward to doing a show in London which I’ve never done so that would be pretty exciting to happen. Besides the fact that there’s a growing Nigerian/African community there I also hear it’s got great music history.

Name a favorite show you’ve been to and a favorite show you’ve played.

Favorite show I’ve been to would be the 2019 Jon Bellion concert in Nashville, and the favorite I’ve played would be my own ‘Johnny’s Room Live’ maiden edition in Lagos, 2018.

Meet more artists like Johnny Drille performing live in the listening room every week, or at an in-person show happening near you.