LOYA – Nathan Johnson’s rock project is back at it. This time, he’s doing something completely different. Rather than doing industrial alternative rock, he’s switched things up with his new song, “Closure”.
LOYA – Nathan Johnson’s rock project is back at it. This time, he’s doing something completely different. Rather than doing industrial alternative rock, he’s switched things up with his new song, “Closure”. The song sounds like it was supposed to be released in 1987, not 2017. It’s big on hooks, big on synths, and a completely fresh style. Talking with Johnson about his shift with the new song, he discussed where he was at creatively for the new song.
“It’s kind of a change in style for me,” explained Johnson. “It’s exciting for me to go into uncharted territory and do different stuff. I like to open my creative palette and do things I’ve never done before. At the forefront of LOYA is experimentation. For me, I continued to write music like the way my last album sounded – hard rock and experimental rock with bits and pieces of other stuff splattered in. Creatively, it wasn’t doing anything for me. I felt stagnant and it wasn’t fun anymore. It was super-random, but I went to this 80s themed party and I remember it being a fun moment of inspiration. It made me want to make an 80s pop song.
“That got my creative juices going. I went and took one of my old songs and redid it with synthesizers and electronic drum machines. I just completely redid it. I thought it was more fun and more engaging than what I had been trying to write for the past six months. From there, that’s when I started writing this song. It all just fell in my lap. I wasn’t trying too hard to come up with this. It was all brand new to me – using sounds and textures and writing in a way that I never had. I wasn’t comparing it. I was just having fun and doing something that was cool to me.”
How’s the reaction been for the song from the people that follow him on social media and listen to his music? Johnson says it’s been positive, which isn’t that surprising.
“I was worried because it is such a radical style change, but hasn’t been bad because the people that listen to me know that I like to experiment. All my music that I’ve released is rock and metal influenced music with electronic elements to it. This was sort of like turning down the guitars and drums, and then turning up the synthesizers and the ambience. I was worried though because it is a style change. But, the overall response has been positive. People who enjoy my music are expecting a level of experimentation and weirdness and they’re kind of open to that,” he added.
The focus for Johnson is usually all things LOYA and with the project he’s making a shift towards releasing singles instead of releasing an album. Another album is still something that he’ll do but something that he’s not immediately worried about.
“Right now, I’m focusing on singles and pumping out more material in this style to get familiar with it. I don’t want to put the pressure on myself of making an album. I like making stuff and I’ve written a lot of songs. But it’s nice to take my time and release only the stuff that I think is the best and let people go through that. There will be a release, I’m sure, but that’s on the edge of the radar for me. I’m just wrapping up a cover and a video for a Deftones song and that’s what I’m going to be releasing in a couple of weeks. That’s where my focus is.” - aa