Q&A with Johnny Stanec

Johnny Stanec filled out a quick Q&A for us!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

Having a father that was a drummer exposed me to music early on, so it was all around me from the start.
I would sit on the kit and attempt drum beats and eventually was able to actually play one. There were also other instruments around and I would strum the guitar. Even before I could play chords I would pluck my own weird melodies. It continued from there and into my teens where I actually was playing music in bands and trying to write my first songs. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

I’ve played quite a bit over the years, so there are a lot of good memories. If I go back to the beginning and playing high school parties, I can remember how fun and simple it was in those days. No expectations. But getting out into the world during my college years was great too. I started playing bars and small music venues. Really everything about playing, even now. Big shows, little shows, opening for acts I actually listen to, and everything in between. I have always enjoyed it.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

If time and circumstances weren’t an issue, I’d say Elliott Smith. One of the best songwriters of all time. I don’t even know if he would want to collaborate with me, he seemed like a loner in that sense, but it would be an interesting experience.

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

Back when I started doing solo records I wrote a song called ‘Fade To Black’. I knew it was special and to this day I still put it in the top songs I’ve written. It was one where I felt I had made a leap forward and could sense my songs taking a new direction.
Another is ‘The Future’s Promise & the Dying Breath’. I wrote it right after my band broke up and I was in a bad place. I was back on my own and needed to get something out. It is kind of like my own ‘Born To Run’ meets ‘Blood On The Tracks’ era Dylan. Lyrically a little biographical and musically very urgent. 
One last one is my new single ‘It Was Easy Now’. It feels like the end of something, but also the beginning, if that makes sense? For me it is some of my best work to date.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

If I am on the road I usually need something sweet to stay alert. I usually get some Twizzlers to help pass the time. Probably some beers for once I am not driving and if I am hungry I will get a turkey sub, but only if I am somewhere I feel safe eating, haha.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

As weird as it might sound, but books by S.E. Hinton. When I was a kid I read them over and over again. ‘Outsiders’, ‘Tex’, ‘Rumblefish’, ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’; they all left a pretty big impression on me. Stories about loners and misunderstood outcasts, they definitely permeated my young mind.
I also took quite a few art classes in college. I loved art history and especially reading about Impressionists era artists and later artists like Jackson Pollock. Their stories and how they created were interesting to me. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Stop taking time for granted because it has a way of sneaking up on you. It may seem like forever sometimes, but don’t wish your life away. Be in the moment and enjoy the ride.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? 

I just released a new single called ‘It Was Easy Now’ on June 18th and I have a second single coming up on August 13th called ‘Feels Like I’m Fading Away’. After that, more new music; and I will return to live shows in the fall. And I will probably plan a full album release for the coming winter. I have been working on a lot of new music again, and I will be excited for people to hear it.
I like to leave my most useful links for interested readers. They will be below. 

Spotify | Apple Music | Bandcamp | Youtube | Facebook | Instagram

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