Indie artist Johnny Burgos has released the lead single from his upcoming EP Love Through It All called “Set Yourself Free,” which is a perfect combination of funk and R&B. Continue reading to learn about the track and Johnny himself.
Can you introduce yourself and share a bit about you to readers?
I’m Johnny Burgos, a Brooklyn-bred Singer, Songwriter and producer merging classic R&B with modern approaches to production and songwriting, in a style I like to call Future Soul. I’m very much inspired by everyday life and people’s many perspectives on success and their different pursuits of happiness. I believe, though not so simply, that love is the answer to many of our so-called problems in today’s society and I hope that my music can inspire people to find more in their everyday life.
You just released your new single ” Set yourself free.” Is there a special meaning behind the song, or any stories you can tell about the making off the track?
“Set Yourself Free: is a song about taking the lead in lustful exploration to find liberation beyond our society’s limited spectrum of sex and love. The song came together kinda cool. I had the vocals written and done over a an instrumental of mine that I wasn’t in love with. I showed it to Frans and he started his signature vibey guitars right away and then programmed some new drums. From there, Ben and I added live bass, small synth parts, backing vocals and called in the amazing Little Kruta for the live string vibes.
Can we expect a music video to go along with “Set yourself Free” just like we saw for “Feelings?”
At the moment there aren’t any plans for a video for “Set Yourself Free”, but there are videos coming very soon for the next few singles. Stay tuned…
“Set yourself Free” is the lead single from your upcoming EP “Love Through it All.” Can you tell us what the major influences were for this EP, and what we can expect from the record?
My major influence for the EP was my life. I had gone through a lot just before starting most of the songs that make up the EP and I wanted to tell that story. In trying to do so, I realized my own growth in respect to love, or a lack there of, and I thought it would be dope to write songs from my own perspective of each stage of that growth. My influences for the production were the same on the classic side, Stevie, MJ, Badu, Prince, etc… But on the newer side, I was really into Childish Gambino, SZA, Anderson .Paak, SiR and Lianne La Havas.
What is it about the R&B and Soul, that attracted you to create music?
Good question… I’m not too sure but I was raised on Sals and Soul music. Also, growing up with a percussionist as my first and closest professional musical influence probably developed a strong passion for rhythm and groove in me, and I guess it just stuck. Something about a good groove just speaks to me like nothing else can. It’s kinda like and underlying language that you know only certain people will understand, but that’s exactly who you do it for and why it’s so special. Also, growing up where and how I did, I related to a lot of the subject matter that Soul and R&B music presented. It just made sense to me…
Was there a specific moment where you realized you wanted to pursue music professionally and long term?
Yeah. When I realized it was the first thing I thought about when I woke up, the last thing before I went to sleep and what I dreamt about all night. When what I worked on for days at a time and thought was amazing, wasn’t even enough to get a reaction out of my friends but I was down to do it all over again the next day. When i realized that I had something to say that i thought the people from where I’m from and beyond, could relate to and be inspired by.
What do you want listeners to get out of your music? Is there a specific way you want them to feel?
I wanna make music that helps people feel more proud to be themselves. I create a lot from a vulnerable place because my music provides me with a safe distance to explore my many flaws, which allows me to accept the ones I can’t change and change those I can for the better. I want my music to provide that same safety for people who relate to the things I’m singing about and Ignite a desire to dig deeper and explore within themselves to find their change for the better. I’ve come to learn that most of us relate to each other in more ways than we initially think, and that in of itself, is one of the most beautiful parts of the human experience.
Do you have any particular plans for the future you’d like to explore, such as trying out a different genre or collaborating with someone?
I love to collaborate and do so often as a songwriter and producer for hire but I’d love to try some more acting and maybe some writing. I have a lot planned for the EP and the material that will follow and I’m really hype to bring it all to life on stage and hit the road with a live set. All coming soon!
What would you say to people who have never listened to your music, but are interested in learning more?
Go for it… I’m all over the place so I’m confident that I’ve got something you’re looking for in there.
Is there anything I missed that you would like to discuss?
Check out my latest single “Set Yourself Free” today, and be sure to sign my mailing list at johnnyburgos.com and receive all of my latest covers for FREE, know when I’m coming to your city first, plus exclusive early access to my upcoming EP, Love Through it All.
New Music and Videos coming this month too!!!
Peace and Love… JB
Interview questions by Alondra Valencia.