Featured Artist: Johnny Gallagher
Known for his successful roles in 10 Cloverfield Lane, Hush, and the HBO hit drama The Newsroom, Johnny Gallagher (also known as John Gallagher Jr.) has shown a different set of skills by picking up an acoustic and getting behind a microphone. The actor turned musician released his debut album Six Day Hurricane last year. A collection of 9 acoustic singer/songwriter tunes, Gallagher proves he’s not just another actor turned musician, instead, he shows that he has a heart full of songs that are as catchy as they are relatable.
After seeing him open for Brian Fallon, I recently sat down with Johnny to discuss his upcoming plans as well as his inspirations and what brings out the music in him.
M365: Last year you released your first solo album in 2016, tell us about it! You’re coming out of the acting side, how did it feel coming into the music world?
Johnny: It was a massive relief just to finally get a record out there because I’ve been writing music since I was 14 or 15 and it started as a hobby and it slowly grew into something that I could start to mold and hone into a craft. I come from a family of music lovers, my mom and dad played music semi-professionally and they exposed me and my sister all kinds of music growing up. so it’s always been a big part of my life and I’ve been playing shows in various bands and I’ve been playing a lot at Rockwood music hall in New York city and I’ve been writings songs forever and I could never seem to pull the trigger at actually sitting down and saying “you know what I’m going to go in the studio and commit these songs to recordings and I’m going to find a way to put it out. I think it was a little bit of procrastination and being a little gun shy of actually put the work out there.
M365: What was the spark that went off inside you to put an album out?
Johnny: I think it was just that feeling of I was watching my notebook just start to completely overflow with songs, getting up there into the 50s, 60s, and 70s of songs I have written over the years and seeing these songs grow and playing more shows and getting a little bit older. I was in my late 20s when I recorded it and I was like what was I waiting for. I’m not alone at this there’s a lot of people like me who are hard on themselves and perfectionists and I was really worried about what if I make the wrong record and what if I choose the wrong songs and what if I should do it acoustic instead of full band and really wrestling with these questions and dilemmas and I just have to quiet my mind and go in there and make something happen. It really was just the timing and thinking if I’m not going to do it now when am I going to do it.
M365: With the new album you’re working on are they more songs you had leftover or are they newer songs you’re working on?
Johnny: It’s kind of a mix; it’s kind of a grab bag. There’s a bunch songs on there that I’ve been playing with band for years so they’re kind of road worn songs that we’ve broken in during live shows and there’s some songs that I’ve written in the last couple of weeks or so and then a few tunes that I’m reaching back to my early 20s to dust off and get a mix of perspective. Like let’s take songs from a young perspective and then a more middle perspective and then a more current or adult perspective. I don’t even know that I feel comfortable and confident calling myself an adult [laughs]. But there’s some brand new tunes, some old, old tunes and there’s some middle tunes and I really don’t know the reasoning for picking what I picked [laughs] but I just kind of did the same thing I did with the first record and let go of a perfect thing. You can’t record all the songs.
Check out the full interview below!