After 2hrs of sleep I’m currently on a train to Gatwick airport where ill get on a flight to Never Never Land aka Nice! The place where the magic happens. I have an extraordinary bond to Nice after spending a year living out there playing for a living at the legendary Wayne’s Bar. They were the 1st people to ever hand me over money in return for playing gtr and singing. Now look what they’ve started! After 6 years of slogging my guts out on the London scene it seemed appropriate to film my official video for Lilo there. I wrote Lilo with Nice in mind after many inspirational hours spent lying on one at Nice beach. On arrival, Ill be meeting Adam King who’ll be directing the whole video so we’ll be discussing and finalising just what the hell we’re going to film. I’m thinking Cannes Film Festival with me wearing a snorkel and mask.. Well its not been done has it? It’s slightly more imaginative than paying a production company £1000s to film it in a studio then it just looks like all the other mediocre videos out there. So French Riviera it is then! Here’s a photo of the train. Lovin it:While I was packing I thought of the genius idea of putting all my luggage in my guitar case. Seeing as you’re allowed to take a musical instrument on as hand luggage this meant I didn’t have to pay extra for a bag to put in the hold. They don’t take into consideration that a Warrick Duel Bass Case is much bigger than most suitcases so I just packed all my clothes into that and didn’t pay for a bag in the hold. I did get a firm reprimand at the x-ray machines because they said that it wouldn’t fit in the overhead lockers but just as the bloke said that he saw my CDs and asked if he could have one. He asked if he could give it to the people who control the airport play list and then seemed to forget about the guitar case problem…. Winner. So if you ever hear my music at Gatwick Airport you know how it got there. Surely lilo would be the best song ever to play at an airport?With only 5 mins away from landing its safe to say that I’m massively excited about this video trip! I’ve no idea about what we’re going to shoot! I’ve literally had 1 brain storming session and that’s it .. I only had the idea 2 weeks ago to film at the Cannes Film Festival so I’ve no idea what to expect! All I know is that if you never put yourself out there then you never know. So here I am.. Out there baby!!So I arrived in Nice and got the bus to Wayne’s which is always a good rendezvous point as it’s the most popular bar in Nice. It’s one of those places that never changes. It looks, smells and feels the same which for me is such a buzz because it holds too many happy memories for me. Even the staff haven’t changed and have worked there for the past 6 years so I’m instantly welcomed with a fresh pint! That doesn’t ever happen in London! Here’s a pic of Wayne’s in the glorious Nice sunshine:So after a night of drinks and catching up I decide to hit the sack to get some sleep before meeting up with Adam to discuss video plans.
A Path Less Travelled - Johnny Lucas Blog
Alright ladies and gents this is the 1st of the Johnny Lucas blogs. I’ve had a few reserves about blogging on the internet mainly because I didn’t want to be one of those people who just stick up photos of their cats and stuff. I haven’t got a cat so you’re safe. But I think we are in a time at the moment where everyone feels the need to express themselves and internet blogging along with all the other social media platforms is a good way to get heard. So I thought I should give it a whirl just because I do take pride in the fact that I decided, 8 years ago, that I would earn my money from nothing other than music. After 8 years, I have quite a bit to say on the topic.
I know we’re all unique but it’s not often that someone is stubborn enough to follow their own dreams, even if it could potentially jeopardize the rest of their life… I am! At least that’s the way I feel at the moment. Normally people have a dream, goal or even a thought that they entertain for a short period of time and they imagine the huge impact on the world that their idea could have. However, these people are usually lured towards someone else (or a company) with a big wad of cash, who offers them security, pensions, company cars and a nice house all under the condition that they push their ambitions to one side and follow theirs. That never happened to me! Maybe it didn’t happen because I view that as a middle class version of slavery and I somehow communicate that telepathically. But I’m glad it didn’t happen and I’m fairly certain that my employer would soon regret their decision after I’d turned their office into a recording studio or a rehearsal room. It’s crazy that we’re often very politely told not to honor our own ideas!!?? What more do we have?? I don’t have anything. I also believe that this is true for all of us.
Don’t get me wrong sometimes I beat myself up because I don’t feel like I have any of these securities. I rent a house in a naff area, drive an old ford transit and I’m scraping a living together in a rock band. But is anyone ever really secure? You could be a banker with 3million in the bank and an Aston Martin but we’ll see how that pans out if/when the economy collapses – I’ll come along and exchange it for a bag of rice! Even if the economy stays afloat, that person will still die at some point and then they’ll have nothing!! I know that’s true of all of us, but my point is, it’s important for us not to be complete sell-outs throughout our lives. If banking is your passion then by all means bank away till the cows come home but don’t do it just because you’re too scared to do what you really want to do because sooner or later you’ll see someone else doing what you were supposed to do and you’ll …. probably just do nothing and bury it deep inside along with the rest of the nonsense.
I get up every morning and I honor whatever ideas/creativity I have in my head and I think that’s the key… Creativity. As a human, I get an indescribable feeling when I create something. It’s almost like a little piece of your brain has fallen out and left it’s mark on the planet. I know most people that are miserable in their jobs aren’t miserable because of lack of pay or bad hours but because their ideas are not appreciated. Maybe their boss feels threatened or maybe other work mates hold them back. I wish these people could see that the key towards their happiness is just to follow the ideas that are in their heads in the 1st place!! Yes you might loose your job but hey that can happen on a good day these days so what’s to lose?!
That’s why I’m doing music and that’s why I’m writing songs. I just get a tune in my head and I choose not to ignore it. If I’m mid-conversation I suddenly glaze over and nip to the bathroom to record it on my iphone. I’ve just decided to re-brand myself as a solo artist rather than be in a band for no other reason other than I had the idea in my head! So I’m experimenting with a loop sampler every day with the aim to perform my new songs off the album “Life Design” It’s great to be creative every day but I also feel like I’m walking on a path that’s completely unfamiliar and it’s an adventure into the unknown. So I hope you enjoyed Blog number 1 and I’ll do my upmost to follow it up!