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Johnny Gillespie Discusses New Single "Candy" and More in Interview

Thank you for talking with us Johnny! What is it that you love about making music? What I love about making music is that no matter how you feel inside you always create something relatable. In my opinion music is something that helps me express how I feel inside, in essence It’s something that I can bring to the table that can unite people together and when that happens I have more people to relate to about how I feel and view things.

We have to ask about your writing process and how your current single, “Candy,” came about. I normally start my process of finding sounds that resonate with me by how I'm feeling at the time. When I get the song put together I ask the music to tell me what it needs and if I feel it needs someone else to take it to another level. I then out source it to people I feel that will add value to the track. It's never random, it’s more of an intuitive thought/ feeling. In Candy's case the song came together so quickly I remember being stumped on finding the right hook for the song and I called my friend Seejai and sent him the track and within minutes of listening to the track over the phone he thought of the hook instantly. “I don't Know about yours but I know about mine!”

Did this song come from a real life experience? It came from the thought of embracing your partner in life and realizing that they are the sweetest thing in your life. We like to call them Candy :)

You've worked with big name producers fairly early on in your career—talk about what their influence and guidance have meant to you/done for you. Early on I had no idea what I was doing with sounds and creation and when I met my producers/mentors they really taught me to hone in on my sound and find my own lane instead of copying others.

Who are you dying to work with? I’m always interested in working with the next person that believes in what I do and shares the vision of dreaming big. I haven't really thought about who I'd love to work with. However if I had to pin 2 individuals down I would love to work with Yelawolf and Jelly Roll currently.

What other hobbies do you enjoy when you need to unwind? I love reading. I love getting lost in a good ole book.