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NoHo’s Aaron Johnson Releases New EP

Under the name Godson, Aaron Johnson’s new EP has already been seen in stores online and on radio stations all over the world since its official release on May 13th, 2014. The album ‘Chilled Coffee’ is an all digital, instrumental acid jazz/hip hop EP with 10 original songs. His current work has over 20k plays, 275+ fans in over 40 countries with a strong base primarily in Europe and South America on Soundcloud alone.

Fans got a preview back in May when Johnson debuted the album’s trailer on YouTube: http://youtu.be/2m9H2WLKlus?list=UU6SKNkudhoVsVW3WVSMFadw Following the EP’s success, Johnson has set aside about 20-limited collections of his album on CD for fans or media requests.

Following the release, Johnson is finalizing the production of his EP’s first single, “Higher.” The single has already won the California edition of Coast2Coast’s ‘Hottest in the State 3’ mixtape contest which was announced on August 7th. “Higher” will boast its own music video online featuring Godson himself on his official YouTube page. The single’s pre-order date is set for September 9th and the official release date is September 22nd.

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NoHoartsdistrict.com likes to showcase local artists, so we took a few minutes to interview Aaron.

Tell us about about your training and work
I’m a 21-year-old California-native, illustrator, writer and producer whose passion has been noted as “walking the line between the cutting edge and the nostalgic.” I am not professionally trained but am self-taught. I produce mainly Jazz, Classical, Hip Hop, and R&B. My musical influences range from Quincy Jones to Rob Dougan and Nobuo Uematsu.

(Johnson is regularly collaborating with artists around the world. He has produced remixes of Top 40 tracks, as well as provided compositions for a short film “Friends Anyway” by James Whitley.)

Why do you like living in NoHo?
NoHo has great pads. Whether they’re apartments or townhouses! Seven years later, I can still say honestly, this is the best place we’ve ever lived. It’s smack dab in the middle a hundred incredible restaurants, pharmacies and grocery stores all within walking distance (it seems like we get a flier for a new take-out place every other week.)

Some Advice?
NoHo’s full of pro recording studios tailored for the indie budget, however, I couldn’t find a single one that wasn’t overbooked when I started working on my album over two years ago. (Word to the wise, make sure you reserve your spot in a studio before the summer time and before the holidays! If you’re anything like me, you realize that good music is only half the picture: I’m the kind of guy who works at his best with others, and the Arts District is full of talented artists who like to work outside of the box and experiment with non-mainstream genres. Well, maybe you’re not as reclusive as I am. It was in this city that I started to gain exposure but not necessarily ‘through’ the city itself. My fanbase is made of introspective, passionate and creative (if not alternative!) songwriters and music lovers. But my fan base is almost entirely digital. Up to this point, I never really put myself out there. A lot of it had to do with simply not thinking I was good enough. With opportunities in a city like this, that kind of neglect should be criminal!

For media inquiries regarding ‘Chilled Coffee’ EP, individuals are encouraged to contact Aaron Johnson directly at (818) 519-3822 or via email at aaronjohnsonGS@gmail.com. To learn more about the artist or to buy purchase the album, please visit: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id877652632

Caroline McElroy

Author: Caroline McElroy

The muse struck at a young age and began with Ernie’s Record Shop on Lankershim Blvd. In North Hollywood where I purchased my first Beatle record “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and a record by Major Lance titled “Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um”. From there I saw the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl and I was hooked…on Rock N’ Roll. At the age of 13 it seems as if the magical world of Rock N’ Roll opened up and welcomed me. A trip to Indio with Frank Zappa and possee, and subsequent gigs as a dancer at The Teen Fairs at the Hollywood Palladium sealed the deal. As a trained journalist, I’ve written for magazines, newsletters,newspapers and blogs. In addition, I have run a nightclub by the name of The Cave. Music is the thread that weaves a patchwork quilt of genres, venues and experience out of my life and in the process have introduced many fine acts to my followers. For the rest of my story dear readers, read my articles and it will unfold like the petals of a lotus flower. Sometimes you’ve gotta wear the hat to remind people who they are dealing with. LOL

Caroline McElroyhttps://carolinemcelroy.wordpress.com/
The muse struck at a young age and began with Ernie’s Record Shop on Lankershim Blvd. In North Hollywood where I purchased my first Beatle record “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and a record by Major Lance titled “Um,Um,Um,Um,Um,Um”. From there I saw the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl and I was hooked…on Rock N’ Roll. At the age of 13 it seems as if the magical world of Rock N’ Roll opened up and welcomed me. A trip to Indio with Frank Zappa and possee, and subsequent gigs as a dancer at The Teen Fairs at the Hollywood Palladium sealed the deal. As a trained journalist, I’ve written for magazines, newsletters,newspapers and blogs. In addition, I have run a nightclub by the name of The Cave. Music is the thread that weaves a patchwork quilt of genres, venues and experience out of my life and in the process have introduced many fine acts to my followers. For the rest of my story dear readers, read my articles and it will unfold like the petals of a lotus flower. Sometimes you’ve gotta wear the hat to remind people who they are dealing with. LOL