Johnny and the Brewsers QuickFire Questions

"My father, uncles and aunts all played at the drop of a hat. This passion was passed on to me, my brother and my cousins. The majority of us play music, in bands or solo."
8 April 2022

By Vanessa B

Dublin’s own Johnny and the Brewsers recently unleashed a notable double single, ’Tell Us’/’Dark Red Dice’ – a hard and heavy rock ‘n’ roll, bluesy thunderstorm borne from the artist’s stoner/grunge roots. Check it out, along with Johnny’s answers to a few QuickFire Questions, below.

What drives your music?

Passion. I am obsessively passionate about music and making music. Since birth, I have been around music. It has always been a big part of my home life, growing up and every family get together. My father, uncles and aunts all played at the drop of a hat. This passion was passed on to me, my brother and my cousins. The majority of us play music, in bands or solo.

How did your band form? And how did you come up with the name?

I had an accident back in 2015 that has had a major and permanent impact on my life and stopped me from playing drum kit. I moved to Spain for a few years and I was determined to keep playing. I found that playing percussion was somewhat doable and I played with different bands. Opportunities came about where I blagged my way into playing a little guitar here and a little bass there, without really being able to do either. I moved back to Ireland in late 2020 and threw myself into learning both instruments and from there, I started writing and then recorded my debut EP, Lounge Lizard Licks, in my sitting room. Currently, the band is just myself. I am working at getting together with other musicians and getting back out and gigging as much as possible.

The name is just my name, with a twist on my surname, Brewer. I had a few names jotted down. When I told a friend that I was writing my debut EP, he asked me what name was I going under and Johnny & The Brewsers just popped into my head. He laughed and said he liked it, so I went with it.

Where have you performed?

Over the years, I have played all over Ireland, The UK, throughout Europe and The US.

What do you find is the most rewarding part of what you do?

Getting lost in writing and recording, where days and time become irrelevant. Being behind the kit and jam’n and writing with my brother. Playing gigs and getting into that flow state, when the band is really locked in and kicking it.

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

Without a doubt, Clutch. The greatest and hardest working rock band out there. Can’t wait for their Dublin show in July.

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