Unfortunately, it looks like La Panther Happens will not be doing anything soon. Jhohn Arlie is on his own now and he just released ‘Wonder’, a 5-song ep.
You won’t hear a better Indie Folk Pop song this year than “Chain of Sparks.”
For every song, you record, how many end up in the bin?
I would say at least 5 or 6 songs are thrown away. Sometimes I use their stronger parts to form a new song. My song Chain of Sparks was in the bin for a while, but I resurrected it and dusted it off. So far I have been receiving some positive feedback about That particular song.
With every song you write, are you still learning to become an even better songwriter?
Yes. I love to challenge myself as a songwriter. I will rewrite a song a few times before it is complete. Part of being a great songwriter is to have the courage to dismantle a song. Sometimes that is the only way to find a song’s true potential. I am always searching for that special chord or certain lyric to push a song further into uncharted territory.
As an artist, you chose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?
Yes. Music is my savior. I can’t imagine where I would be without it. It has helped me in so many ways. Some of my lyrics are autobiographical and others are inspired by people I know. The most rewarding part of sharing my emotions through music is when someone tells me that a certain lyric or song has helped them through a difficult time. That is what it is all about.
Any ideas about how to turn this one into a million seller?
That is a mystery to me. I have no idea how to reach a million listeners. Let alone 100. I feel like I might be one of those artists whose albums you might pick up a thrift store decades later and perhaps the music will resonate. I’ll just keep my head down and keep writing and performing songs. Hopefully, independent listeners like yourself will spread the word.
Recording music. What is the fun about?
There is something rewarding about building a song from start to finish and then recording it. It’s like documenting a magic trick. Who knows? The recordings might change someone’s life in the future.