Meet Jonny, a 33 year old high school teacher & Spotify playlist curator from London, England.
What initially inspired you to make your playlist?
A holiday with friends to Ibiza in 2016
Describe your playlist. Perfect setting(s) for vibing out to it include:
Summery mid-tempo tunes for the pool, beach and sun-lounger. Everything from tropical house and smooth R&B to reggae and more.
What kind of music/artists did you grow up listening to?
Rock (Queen, Pink Floyd, Dire Straits etc.). Later on: soul and R&B (Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Nina Simone etc.)
What was the best concert you've ever attended?
DJ EZ in Amnesia (Ibiza, 2018). The most talented DJ out there on a technical level in my opinion for mixing house with UK garage and cutting it with samples from the likes of Drake, for example, all at around 140bpm and entirely live... no pre-recorded sections or presets. Man’s a genius.
Last concert you attended?
The Killers at Glastonbury... all the hits you would expect with a crowd who lived through them when they were first released so you can imagine the nostalgic energy from the crowd.
Who are your all-time favorite artists:
Tough one. Probably Otis Redding and Etta James. I could listen to their soulful voices all day. I love how they balance hurt and pain with such strength and power.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time:
Hands down: Hot Fuss by The Killers. Usually, an album will consist of 1-2 lead singles and the rest are forgettable B-sides. Not Hot Fuss. Every single track is a lead single and 90% of The Killers’ hits arguably come from this album. It changed the game for the indie rock scene in the mid-noughties and set the bar for album content in this genre.
Name a song (or songs) you are currently listening to on repeat:
Electricity (Dua Lipa): a fresh twist on an old-school 90s house tune with the ‘IT Girl’ of pop music at the moment. Dua Lipa is smashing it right now. Love her style and brand.
Who's your favorite new artist(s) that you'd encourage other people to check out?
Normani (soulful, credible, had some amazing debut collaborations over the past year or so).
Che Lingo (soooo London and bringing together R&B, trap, grime and synthpop at the same time. Absolute ear caviar... or quinoa, should I say... it’s 2019).
Koffee (exquisitely Jamaican with an amazing reggae/dancehall voice. A modern Dawn Penn).