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Introducing: Christopher Johnson from Leicester

Christopher Johnson

Where are you based?

Leicester..."ennit"

What got you into music?

An old guitar sat in my bedroom with just one nylon string.

I was about 10 years of age when I discovered moving your finger up and the fret board created different notes, so I taught myself the Eastenders theme tune.

Who or what are your greatest influences?

Greatest influence in music would be Michael Jackson. I've been a huge fan since I was a child.

Christopher Johnson

His performances are incredible and the musicianship to the songs are well underrated. There are so many great melodies going on at the same time between each instrument. You just don't hear any of that in today's popular music.

I was gutted to hear that he passed away, especially as I had a ticket to go and see him on the first night of his final tour!

What do you do when you're not making music?

I'm currently going into promoting bands and artists with my partner for a venue that we think has great potential.

The Music Cafe on Braunstone Gate once upon a time had good signed and unsigned bands playing there but for some reason it all disappeared.

We want to help Leicester's music scene come alive again and we have some great bands coming.

What do you make of the music scene in Leicestershire and Rutland?

Rutland?! I don't really know what goes on in Rutland other than it has a huge lake for people that want to ride a bike around.

I like what Leicester has to offer at the moment as regards to bands and acoustic artists but there's always only a few of them.

I think with the student population on the increase and the right promotion we can inspire more and more people to write music.

Going to a gig when I was 16 at The Charlotte inspired me heavily to want to be in a band, and it does for the most of us.

Where have you toured? Do you have any releases out?

Christopher Johnson in the Maida Vale studios
When I was in a band, we played to a massive audience of just one, the barman
Christopher Johnson, singer-songwriter

I'm brand spanking new as a solo artist so I'm currently in the process of recording more songs and booking more gigs.

I've played a handful of toilet venues amongst some pretty big ones whilst I was in a band. Never have I toured out of the UK.

Best gig so far?

Probably one that I can't remember.

And worse?

When I was in a band, we played to a massive audience of just one, the barman.

It was so disheartening we cut the set by half, got the £30 and legged it.

Most embarrassing music related moment?

I broke wind during a vocal take at BBC Maida Vale studios.

What would your dream venue be like?

Clean with plenty bar staff. Three mirror balls, lots of ambient lighting, sofas and beds. An indoor smoking room and pool, Saturday Night Fever dance floor, and a huge top quality sound system.

No karaoke.





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