Codi Johnson Chats With TMI About His Upcoming Album

Hey Codi!! What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music?

I really hope the new music takes well with my supporters and new audience members. I am eager for everyone to hear this newer, and more mature side of me and my music. This music is very raw and very personal, but yet it’s also songs you can dance and relate to. I hope people listen to the new music and feel more understood, like they aren’t alone in situations, that are similar to what I have been through and have experienced.

How do you want your relationship to be like with your supporters?

I want it to be 100% transparent, organic connection, and understanding. I want to be a friend, I want to create a bond with my fans that nobody else could interfere with that special connection. I want to lead and be a voice for a generation of kids who maybe feel like they are alone, or don’t fit in, or feel like a misfit or an outcast; they deserve a voice, and I want to be that for them, because I was them, and still am somedays.

What’s something your fans don’t know about you?

I love to sing jazz music, and it’s one of my favorite genres, that helps pull a lot of inspiration for stuff that I make regularly. I hope to one day make a jazz record or put out a few creations that are jazz influenced, because I have such a deep love and respect for it.

What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public? 

Well I love meeting the people who support me that I usually don’t get to see. I would love to get to know them individually and understand them! I am always open to spending some time and meeting anyone who wants to know more.

What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?

My message overall, is to be a voice for those who feel silenced. I want to make a change, hopefully globally someday. Make an impact like the greats who have inspired me, such as Lady Gaga. From her work with The “Born This Way Foundation,” to her efforts with several charities and campaigns for LGBT+ Rights and homeless youth. It’s extremely inspiring, and I want to devote my time and voice to the bigger meaning of it all, making sure everyone is heard. I believe music is so healing, it definitely is to me when I create it, and I create it with the intentions to help others heal from their pain and hardships. With my music and at my shows, whether in person or virtual, I want to create that safe space of love, unity, and acceptance, and leave people with the love in their hearts to be a warrior for change, and radiate that same kindness, whether it be for themselves or others. That’s my mission, that’s who I am, and what I am meant to do on this Earth.

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)

I believe in something short and simple to get attention and to get your point across. I personally would freak if I ever where to achieve such a accomplishment by having a billboard with me on it, what a dream it would be. As of now my message would probably be to promote the new album with a strong visual of myself with the word “Collusion,” in bold print at the forefront. It would leave people wanting to know more, and what it means, why the word “Collusion” ? What’s the purpose? 

 The album I am releasing has a lot to do with that word and each song ties into the definition of the song. The word “Collusion” means, a secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others. I have gone through a lot of REAL experiences in 2019 and even into 2020 when I was writing and creating this project. Each song describes those emotions, of being set up for failure, being cheated, wronged, deceived all for the greater agenda of bettering someone else’s plot. However, the album is also talking about reclaiming independence and making right out of wrong, and dancing while doing it. 

What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?

CONFIDENCE.. they have given me the courage to be greater than myself, to confront myself when I don’t feel strong, to wake up and put on my armor and create and be the voice I need to be.

Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?

There’s a long list of artists and producers, I have desperately wanted to meet and get to know and pick their creative mind. Such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Max Martin, BloodPop, Dj White Shadow, Mark Ronson, the list goes on and on. 

Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself? 

I think social media is vital for any upcoming indie artist who wants a bigger platform in this industry. As much as I loathe what social media and the internet has become, I feel like we are obligated to come up through it. I have experimented with several approaches on how to break through in such a “hard-headed” industry like music. I seem to always come back to social media, because of its power and reach of people. I feel like I’m beginning to crack the code on it, and get ahead of the game. I am doing nothing different, then I was, say 10 years ago. I was the same creative, misunderstood artist in a small town, that nobody really got the visual representation of my artistry. Now, I see many more people becoming creative through social media and its differently sparked drive in being the best in what I do. A&R reps and Industry professionals are just one click away from coming across a great artist, or even myself. I am now able to create audiences outside of where I am now, In Nashville, and create and grow a global audience through my phone, and not even leave the state or country. The industry is looking for that, they look to see how many followers or how much power you have over your audience, and is it worth the hype they are getting. It’s an essential to have social media at the forefront of my career, but my advice is, do not let it define who you are and what you are creating. Do not loose touch of what originally Brought you to this path, and what the message is you are trying to convey.

What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?

I want to tour the world. I want to become a international touring artist, playing sold out arena shows. That’s always been my ultimate goal. To create a magical space of music, and bring my vivid imagination and thoughts to reality, and on stage.

Any last things you want to tell your supporters?

Thank you, so much from the bottom of my heart for being interested in the music, and following my journey. To have people in my corner is the biggest warmth I’ve gotten to know. I can’t wait to share more with everyone, and look forward to the new album coming Summer 2020. Get ready for #CD1.

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