Jonny Ong Premieres ‘Don’t Wake Me From This Dream’

Singaporean singer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Jonny Ong.

Jonny Ong creates an exciting hybrid of psychedelic rock that features experimental instruments from all around the world and a heartfelt dose of nostalgia.

For his next work, Jonny drew musical inspiration from a wide range of sources, including classic rock acts like the Beatles and Rolling Stones and jazz greats like Lee Morgan and Miles Davis.

As an advent music fan, I find that Jonny’s music provides me with the needed liveliness.

Jonny’s newest song, “Don’t Wake Me From This Dream,” is based on a dream he had about exploring a desolate island and being mesmerised by a mysterious person in the distance.

Jonny Ong Premieres 'Don't Wake Me From This Dream'
Jonny Ong Premieres ‘Don’t Wake Me From This Dream’

Read on as I talk to the man of the hour in a revealing interview.

What is your real and official showbiz name?
Jonny Ong

What drew you to music production in the first place?
To be completely honest, I was never as drawn to the music production side but instead gravitated towards songwriting and guitar playing. I’m very passionate about expressing myself through music, and so needed to learn about recording to bring my ideas to life in the most accurate way, and to communicate my ideas clearly to the producers I work with. I find being on the same page as your producer is incredibly important to the creative process.

What or whom do you go to for inspiration or motivation?
The Beatles are without a doubt the band that encouraged me to pick up the guitar and decide I wanted to be a songwriter. When I first heard them, I was completely blown away by the quality of the songs that they wrote, and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since.

I recently spent quite some time exploring different creative pursuits like the handspan, but now find myself motivated once again by the 60s era and by the classic rock bands I’ve loved since day one.

What are some of the obstacles you encounter in your career?
As a kid, my biggest obstacle was convincing my parents that I was serious about doing music and that it wasn’t just another phase.

These days though, the biggest obstacles have been overcoming writer’s block, as well as finding my artist identity when navigating between the different genres and styles I am passionate about.

What distinguishes you as a creative individual?
I think that can be a really difficult question to answer yourself as an artist. I’m really not too sure. I would say though that I don’t think there are as many artists today looking to capture the essence of past eras like the 60s, and that many instead look ahead to what’s next, what’s new, what’s current. So I’d say perhaps my love of nostalgia in my music.

What’s the significance of the current song or album in your life?
The music I have been working on most recently is a return to my roots; back to the 60’s style of classic rock that made me passionate about music in the first place.

For this reason, it’s probably the closest to my heart and the music that I’m most personally attached to. It feels the most authentic, like where I’m truly meant to be right now.

What are you working on at the moment?
After getting the music video wrapped up for ‘Don’t Wake Me From This Dream’, I’m now working on mixing the rest of my upcoming album ‘Just Like Yesterday’ with my producer, Scott Knapper.

What are your plans for the year ahead?
After the album release, I plan to take a holiday somewhere sunny to recharge as I haven’t been away in a long, long time.

I find stepping back from your day-to-day and getting a change of scenery can be the best way to get inspired to write again, so hopefully, I’ll come back with some more ideas to explore.

MrrrDaisy is the Owner of Music Arena Gh.  As a graphic designer, blogger and social media expert, he is a confident and creative designer who is self-motivated, self-sufficient and comes to you with a strong background in both print and digital media. He currently lives and studies Digital Media at Nottingham College, United Kingdom.

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