Sarah Johns Music Party is from the North of England and now lives in London. Her stripped back, organic, drum, guitar and vocals, give her work an immediate and honest feel that is at once comforting and yet unnerving. Her music recalls the purity of Lykki Li, the rawness of Scout Niblett and the musicality of Tune-Yards.
Sarah Johns is influenced by nature, with much of her work echoing the repetition of 19th Century American black and white Christian Spiritual Song. Sarah Johns Music Party’s live performance continues this likeness by exploring the therapeutic and meditative effect of music upon the audience, mindful of the ritual of people coming together to listen to and play music.
Inspirations: Stop Making Sense (The Talking Heads live video), 808 drum machines, Hermann Hesse, Samba, cheerleaders, ceremonies, games with rules, the bit where it all comes together in jazz and the bit before and after, Oh Lord Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz, Salt-N-Pepa, Laurie Anderson.
Sarah Johns has previously recorded an art folk record with Max Jung under the name Cool Fun. The video to their track, House, won seven awards including Best Pop Video (Budget) at the UK Music Video Awards, Best Music Video at The European Independent Film Festival and Best Music Short at the London Short Film Festival. Sarah Johns was also one half of Mr Beasley, an electronic duo who toured with Robyn and whose album How Do You Say? spawned three singles: Right As Rain, Neon and Wrong which collectively achieved a ‘Single of the Week’ on BBC 6Music (Nemone’s lunchtime show), Best Unsigned on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show and plays on XFM and NME radio. Sarah Johns Music Party EP will be Sarah Johns’ debut release as Sarah Johns Music Party, released on 8th July on brand new label Psychic Healing Network, founded by members of London band MYSTYRYS.
After recently winning Battersea Arts Centre’s Jim Marcovitch Award, Sarah Johns is currently working on a piece merging performance art and music and will be performing at Battersea Arts Centre on 12th June, with another project being planned for The Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick (14th – 18th May).
Comments by sarahjohnsmusicparty
Why you discontented with your lot
it's good they didnt come or you would never have written this song.
nice synth mate
Good Work, Hug.