Jay Johnson’s life has been far from ordinary. Not many people can say they spent 7 hours playing the guitar every day for an entire summer, but this is exactly what Jay did. Growing up in the cultural hub of South East London provided him with the inspiration he needed to kick-start his music career.
Most 15-year olds would apologise profusely to their parents for losing £50 on a bus. Jay, however, decided to take his beaten-up acoustic guitar to Lewisham shopping centre, where he busked until he made back every penny. Luckily for Jay, it only took him half an hour.
Jay left home at 17. Now 18, he lives on his own in Shoreditch. He was recently chosen as the face of Gibson Guitars latest campaign promoting busking in partnership with the Mayor of London. He’s also the first ever artist to host and perform at ‘experiences’ for Airbnb travellers. Jay also produces a radio show in East London.
Jay has so far released 2 music videos (‘Midnight Men’ and ‘Island’). New single ‘The Void’, taken from his debut EP ‘The Dark Matters’, which (according to Jay) “explains the human experience”, will be released on the 8th September.
Finally, keep an eye out for the no.94 bus on Oxford Street. You may just see a familiar face playing a Gibson.
Catch Jay Live:
Aug 17th – Finsbury Avenue Square – Broadgate Circle, London
Aug 23rd – Airbnb Experience, Merchant House
Aug 24th – The Biscuit Factory, Shortwave Café, London (Dan Hillier Art Showcase)
Sept 5th – Airbnb Experience, Merchant House
Sept 7th – Music On The Farm, London
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