The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Johnny Active: I don’t think I consciously wanted to be in show business. I was a super shy kid growing up. But around 10 years old I started making music and I think that sort of helped me come into my own, gain confidence in myself. I think I just really liked making music and suddenly had an urge to perform in any capacity. It all happened organically really.
TDQ: Who was your favorite musician growing up?
JA: We listened to a lot of Bob Marley and Michael Jackson and Elton John in my house growing up. Any of those. When I first got into hip-hop my favorites became Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Biggie.
TDQ: What was your favorite album growing up?
JA: I think my favorite album is “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” by 50 Cent. It came out when I was 10 years old. I can still remember going to the store and buying it. I bought the clean version by accident. and I learned every word to every song immediately. It’s just so raw and real. You can hear his hunger and drive. I had the poster on my wall.
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
JA: Keep going.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
JA: “So, what’s your back up plan?”
TDQ: Who are your influences?
JA: Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake, Kendrick, Kanye, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Red Hot Chili Peppers…I could go on forever. There’s so many artists I take inspiration from.TDQ: Tell us about your single, “Guest List”…
JA: It’s an anthem for the kids who were once laughed at, but who are now on top and killing it. Things change and the tables turn. It was also the first original joint I made with my producer Andrew Triple A. I’m really excited about this song. I promise it’s lit.
TDQ: What project are you currently working on?
JA: More remixes and videos. And a new yet-to-be-titled- EP.
TDQ: Quick: Kardinal Offishall or Drake?
TDQ: Where do you see yourself in five years?
JA: On the road selling out arenas.