Today we’d like to introduce you to Drwmchl.
Drwmchl, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My real name is Andrew Johnson and little Andrew started having a deep connection to music at a very started having a deep connection to music at a very young age. I can remember being affected by it as a toddler. Anita Baker was my first love and introduction when it came to music.
There was not a day that went by where I wasn’t playing, singing, or talking about Anita Baker. It seems very peculiar for a toddler or child to have such a deep connection to a music and sound that was so far beyond his years but looking back at it, it was alignment to how I would eventually connect to my own craft.
My woodshedding as a kid didn’t come from voice lessons or music lessons, it came from locking myself in my room for hours on end and just diving into music from the melodies and harmonies, drums and bass intros, to the lyrical content, the linear notes, the full experience that was music growing up for me. I wasn’t involved in music professionally or didn’t think I could be apart of it but I took it very seriously.
It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that my first voice teacher who happened to be the choir teacher, heard me sing, and saw so much potential. She took me under her wing and gave me an education that I wish kids were getting today. She made me explore classical and theater as well as jazz to learn fundamentals that supports so much of my music today.
Through her guidance, I was able to win many American Idol type competitions, including state and collegiate festivals, and the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award finals.
In 2005, I went on to join the Young American touring group. I traveled all over the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, and Japan, performing and teaching kids of all ages, not only singing and dancing, but self-confidence, self-love, and a safe place to express themselves. It was there I learned the most about performing. The truth to it. Nothing gets you honest about what you do then when you have hundreds of kids looking at you and to you for inspiration.
Since 2008, I have written and released two eps, have had many solo concerts in the Los Angeles area, have work with Disney, performed on X Factor USA, the Conan O Brien Show, the MTV VMAs, continue to travel the world as a symphonic guest artist and have shared the stage with legendary singer Patti LaBelle and Soul/experimental singer/songwriter and DJ Erykah Badu.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been smooth. The business of show is brutal and I think to withstand it, there has to be major maturity and growth of character. Because of that I think I was challenged most outside of the business, poor decisions, or having your heartbroken, situations that test your strength, so that when you step into the fire that is show business… you don’t lose yourself and are in it for the right reasons.
The business itself to me is just a collection of trends. Especially now. I see a lot of peeps change their music for the trends. But if you just remain consistent in doing what you do best, the difficult part is just about being patient enough to wait for your moment, and the odds of that moment lasting longer than just a moment because you didn’t follow a trend, seem to be higher. Looking for a career not 15 minutes of fame. I’m still doing me and awaiting the appointed time.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My name is pronounced Drew Michael, spelled DRWMCHL. I am a singer/songwriter and my intention is for my music and my singing to be of service. To make people feel something. To inspire. To feel good. To connect. I am a Soul singer. Soul to me is not about just doing r&b music but music with meaning. Pop music can be soul music. If we allow it to be. For a long time it was. People only consume what is given… however if what is given has sustenance… maybe we would find more music with meaning no matter how hard the beat goes or what style of music it is. I’m ready to be apart of the continued movement.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
LA is the entertainment capital of the world. It is the best place for the music business in my opinion due to location and networking. However, where other cities like Nashville, Atlanta, and even New York may do better for music artists is the need to focus on the music and not the fame. A lot of people rush to LA to become famous. I’m a Cali kid. Born and raised here. There’s this idea that LA is supposed to be the door to fame… and because of that the city has become over-saturated with peeps just wanting to have 2 seconds of it and not creating real lasting art in whatever sphere they are choosing. The intention isn’t to be in show business to serve but to get rich and famous. Changes the energy here. It would be nice if more people including companies encouraged love of what you do over love of being famous.
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