INTERVIEW: Johnny Dailey

Pic by Kristen Balani

Hi Johnny, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me! I’m doing well. Staying busy.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Burns Like Whiskey”?
Burns Like Whiskey is such a cool song for me. I wrote it with Aaron Eshuis and Jimi Bell. I really connect with the nostalgia wrapped up in the lyrics and I think the feeling this song speaks of is something we can all relate to at one point or another.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I wouldn’t say it was one particular event but the details in the song came from the early days of my dating relationship with my wife. We were on again, off again for a while and there were a lot of times it was a bittersweet feeling because of all those memories we had together. It all worked out in the end.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes! We have a video coming along with the song that we shot at my farm in Alabama. I have a lot of good memories on that property so it was fitting. We also have some cool BTS footage coming as well.

How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote Burns Like Whiskey with Jimi Bell and Aaron Eshuis. Jimi came in that day with the title, and Aaron started playing the catchy guitar lick you hear on the intro and it was off to the races from there. Aaron ended up producing the song, and he knocked it out of the park. It really set a course for the sound of music we are creating. When we got in the studio, it was such a cool experience to hear this song come to life.

What role does Charleston play in your music?
I grew up spending all my summers in Orange Beach, AL. It was like a second home and my love for the coast really started there. I always had a dream of being able to live in a coastal town, so after high school I moved to Charleston and I was hooked. I started playing my first gigs there and it really helped me start to hone my craft as a writer and performer. That city just has some magic to it I can’t explain. The coast taps into a part of me like nothing else can. It definitely plays a huge role in my creative process and my music.

Did your musical perspective as you move into this new location?
Once I moved to Charleston, for the first time I was really able to tap into that side of me as an artist. Any chance I get, I try to weave that lifestyle into my songwriting. One day I would like to release an album full of coastal songs. Still more to write at the moment.

Does the new single mean we can expect more new music – how’s that coming along?
Oh yeah. We’ve been in the studio working hard on new music. Definitely more music to come after Burns Like Whiskey.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m really looking forward to releasing a new song that speaks to the way I grew up in Alabama. I think it’ll be a great follow up to Burns Like Whiskey. Stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Johnny Dailey’s world?
Just doing my best to continue to hone my craft. Hopefully getting out to play some shows as things open up! Also, I’ve got a family so I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids when I’m not working on music.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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