Hi Johnny, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been very well. Thank you. So busy in the last year musically, as Human Drama has released a series of singles starting last February.
So you’re starring in a new documentary – did you see yourself coming back to music?
I truly don’t know what I would be if I was not creating music. The point I was at when this was filmed was a point of total frustration with the thing in life I loved most. I was always moving forward in some way with the music and the music business, and I think I just got tired of the roadblocks that come with being an underground artist. Metaphorically I was ramming my head into the same wall over and over again. I had to take a step back and stop the insanity I was living in trying to keep the career going. Or just quit entirely.
How did you and Gene come together for this?
Gene and I have been acquainted for many years. We met in the ’90s while my band was on tour, and our bands were playing together. Gene directed two videos for my solo album before the documentary idea.
Was it Gene’s idea or something you’ve been thinking about for years?
Gene’s! Word got to Gene that I was taking a trip to Mexico to get away from things, to try to get my head straight, and try to get back to the original reason I started writing songs. I had mentioned this to one person who was a mutual friend. Gene approached me with the idea, and I immediately said “no,” as it went against the trip’s intention. The idea was to go figure things out without any “business” details to deal with. To try to get back to the simple playing and singing for “enjoyment.” After a few discussions and a few stipulations, I agreed to Gene’s plan. Gene honored the guidelines, which were: It was just to be a small crew, and no one else could know. There could be no advertising that I was coming to Mexico. There could be no social media of any kind. Nothing could be planned in advance. Gene honored my wishes, 100%. Only four people knew that this was happening. Everything that happened that week happened organically.
Was it easy to go back into memory lane?
Going back down “memory lane” is my bread and butter.
While you were pretty big with Human Drama, were you nervous people might not be interested as goth, and Alternative rock aren’t in the same peak as the late 80s and 90s?
I am never nervous about anything I do being accepted. I always try to do everything honestly, then let the chips fall where they may. I have always just tried to satisfy myself as an artist. This thinking has worked for me.
The idea of a documentary is for everything to feel the least staged as possible – so was it easy for you to not build a fictional version of yourself instead of being yourself?
I had one small setback mentally on the first night I went to Café Bizarro to sit and play. The “do a show” guy appeared, and that frustrated me. I was not relaxing and keeping it simple. I got on track soon after that. The frustration with myself on the first night is shown in the film. It’s hard to break old habits, I guess, but that is what I was there to do. I got it together and the rest of the week was very natural, I think.
What would you say was the most challenging aspect of shooting this documentary?
Gene made it easy for me to barely notice they were there. The only challenge was my original thought of finding my love for music and songwriting again.
What else is happening next in your world?
Human Drama has been continuously recording for the last 15 months, and we hope to have a new album out at the end of the year.
You can watch Johnny Indovina star in his newly released film “Seven Days In Mexico,” by Seraph Films, and directed by Gene Blalock.
Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSYfq59J664
Official website: http://sevendaysinmexico.com/
Johnny Indovina’s website: https://www.humandrama.net/