In conversation with Jonny Ong
Jonny Ong is here to bring you some epic soundscapes of old school psychedelic rock blended with some modern themes of loneliness and heart break. His distinct vocal tone blends really well into his complex arrangements. Jonny uses his skills playing multiple instruments and adds beautiful texture to his compositions. You get a distinct vinyl vibe as soon as you hit play on any of his music. Jonny is from Singapore but is living in the UK at the moment. We asked Jonny a few questions about his music and life in our short interview below.
1. What do you usually gain inspiration from, how much of it is personal experience and how much is other musicians and artists?
I’m a huge fan of The Beatles and if I didn’t listen to them as a kid I probably wouldn’t be doing music . I usually take inspiration from personal experience when it comes to writing lyrics as I feel it’s honest.
2. What is your songwriting process like? Do you work with a producer or do you do everything yourself?
I usually like to demo everything at my home studio first and then take it into a studio but for my latest album we decided to write the album as we went and we also gave the session musicians more freedom to improvise . For the new album I got my bandmate and guitarist Callum Rose to produce
3. Can you tell us more about the music scene in Singapore and your experiences as an artist there and how different it is being in the UK now?
It’s definitely grown a lot in the last decade. There are so many interesting acts back home these days. I had a lot of fun playing music in Singapore, But growing up to bands like The Beatles, Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Oasis I always felt a desire to live here and do music in the UK.
Jonny has worked out of the legendary studio 2 at Abbey Roads studios in London, He said "It was probably the most nerve wrecking moment of my life!". Jonny is truly an old soul stuck in this modern world and this really comes through in his music. Give it a listen and I'm sure you will be transported to an analogue wonderland.
You can find his music on our "give me some space" playlist linked below :