Thriving On A Road Less Travelled: Johnny Drille Covers New Issue Of Mystreetz Magazine


Thriving On A Road Less Travelled: Johnny Drille Covers New Issue Of Mystreetz Magazine

By Victor Okpala

Leading Nigerian alternative artitse, Johhny Drille who joined the Don Jazzy-led Mavin Records as part of the labels 3.0 class in 2017 is the cover star on the latest issue of Mystreetz Magazine.

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This edition shines a light on the singer’s journey so far, uncovering his laudable achievements despite taking a musical path that is somewhat unpopular. In the words of Sesan Adeniji – publisher of Mystreetz Magazine;

“Out there in the music industry, there’s a false narrative used to describe what today’s successful song and great artistes should sound like. This unsubstantiated hypothesis driven by folks who only see trendy-pop like dance music as the only yardstick to portray successful artistic delivery, is the catalyst being used to deprive an array of overwhelming quality music content radio airplay and cast shadows on artistes that churn out these materials.

In the midst of this abnormality, artistes like Johnny Drille grouped under alternative music continue to thrive despite his journey with his music genre on a road less travelled”.

In 2016 as an indie artiste, Johnny Drille landed his first Headies award nomination – a feet which he revealed to Mystreetz as he recounts the highs of his career so far as a huge deal. “In 2016 I was nominated at the ‘Headies’ for the first time and it was a huge deal for me. I was super excited that I was nominated in an award show that I usually always watched from home and had hoped that in the near future I would attend but there I was getting nominated”, He disclosed.

Two years later (2018), the singer went ahead to land four more nominations of the award. Although he failed to walk away with any plaque, Drille described the recognition as surreal.

On the inspiration behind his sonics, the singer revealed he is more than anything else influenced by folk music stemming from his first encounter with the genre in 2009. “My sound as it has been so far is Folk music. As a fresh man in school in 2009, I came across the music of Owl City and immediately connected with his sound. I listened to his album ‘Oceans Eyes’ extensively over and over that year and into the next year and I unconsciously became influenced by that sound”, Drille explained.

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