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“A good song defies time”

"A good song defies time"

Since his return to Argentina and the formation of the group NothingExactly twenty years ago, Kevin Johansson was perfecting own style Which sometimes seems difficult to categorize and is always original, fresh and catchy.

From the outset, the fact of his facilitation with English was a particular plus, which allowed him to surprise him with some of the occasional songs in that language on his albums. for example living in a story On its 2000 debut, the hit down with my baby (novel curtain i will protest in 2003), all i want do is you (2004), Everyone says (2007) and his version modern love From David Bowie In 2012, among others.

Kevin Johansson in the garden of his home in a duet with his pet.  Photo: Emmanuel Fernandez

Kevin Johansson in the garden of his home in a duet with his pet. Photo: Emmanuel Fernandez

Musically, a distinguishing quality of Kevin is his transcendence of styles and rhythms, playing with an air of bossa, folklore, jazz and even cumbia, all with a distinctly rocky attitude and an effortlessly nuanced penchant for pop that he already showed in his early twenties with the group Civic Instruction. And his songs never lack for satire, irony and insight poetic

new challenge

Now, after two long years of the pandemic, Kevin Johansson is about to release a new single, which will be the third preview of his next album, which was initially scheduled for the month of May.

it’s the opposite of your theme i tookOriginally released on the album something beats of 2019, now sung with talented Mexican singer and songwriter Natalia Lafourcade,

The song joins the scintillating surprises his previous singles released in recent months: last night i was dreaming with you With David Byrne (his English translated version) i dreamed of you last night of 2007), and SUZANNE (by Leonard Cohen) with George Drexler.

These days, Kevin Johansson is completing a tour of Chile, baptized neighbor visitBut before that he would chat and take pictures at home.

Upcoming duets and upsets

“The truth – they say – is that I’m happy with the work we’re doing with Juan Campodonico, who’s a collaborator with people you meet and say ‘Let’s do something at some point.’ I wanted him to choose this to piacere And that they are in their total comfort zone.

– What was the first thing you did?

The prospect of something to do with David Byrne arose miraculously, because I am very polite with my idols And I wasn’t encouraged to write to him, but he was encouraged between Juan and my manager. David sent me an email titled “20 KJ Songs I Love” and he killed me with love, because there he said I had 20 songs he liked.

i think that was one of them I dreamed of you last night.

-Yes. I translated him and asked him to make whatever changes he felt relevant or relevant. He made some changes to the translation and the truth is it was amazing. This is another song. With Juan we said it really sounds like a new song.

Referring to David Byrne, Kevin Johansson says he is very polite with his idols.  photo courtesy sony music

Referring to David Byrne, Kevin Johansson says he is very polite with his idols. photo courtesy sony music

– What came next?

-We started clarifying versions and we already have one a little respect from the eraser, from the second perfect day By Lou Reed in Zamba Version, Albertio Translation of, and by Violet Parra Heaven By Talking Heads in Half Milonguera Edition, Zitarosa Typ. In some cases the reversal slightly changes the musical style.

– What’s the next single?

-Now we’re closing out the next cut, which is a theme in itself called i took, which is a ballad that was great with Natalia Lafourcade. Maybe that’s what the album is called, i took, as you go”. We are very happy, having rounded the disc, placing a bow on it.

Kevin Johansson, partner in hand, like Uruguay (like their producer Juan Campodonico) Photo: Emmanuel Fernandez.

Kevin Johansson, partner in hand, like Uruguay (like their producer Juan Campodonico) Photo: Emmanuel Fernandez.

more version title

Is it all duets or with other people, or is there a song where you sing alone?

– There are also my songs alone. I make a version of sixteen tonss, translated into Spanish as sixteen tons, almost disc can be called TranslationBecause there is a lot of work on this. is a spanish version of prayer for timeOr Caetano Veloso who sings with my daughter Miranda, or Viranda, as he calls himself artistically.

-Is the whole album already defined?

-No. Some songs we’re going to arrange if they go into section two, or if some others are added feat In the past few weeks, it’s enough to release the album in May. Oh! and they are since i lost you And down with my baby,

K-Jo and the Cover Lovers

Kevin Johansson lives.  Master your style.

Kevin Johansson lives. Master your style.

Before starting this new album, Kevin was already very adept at doing covers and reversals for fun and personal enjoyment. They Came Singing With George Drexler SUZANNE middle of the house, and he also did other subjects that he liked, like (just like starting over From John Lennon,

According to Kevin, “That’s why the version of SUZANNE It flowed so smoothly with him, and even more so Campodonico kept the candomero touch that gave the song something different”.

a fact that people who follow Johansson on the network know for sure that they have a side project That appears frequently every Sunday in the garden of the Congolese bar, next to La Tangente. It was called “K-Joe and the Cover Lovers”, and it was from here that he began to use some versions of what he liked to do, such as you won’t see me In Bossa Nova Edition by The Beatles.

“There I would do songs of Caetano or Charlie—he explains—with a hint of change in musical style, and in that interim the possibility of working with the great Juan Campodonico arose. The truth is that he contributes something like What I don’t usually have on my record, which is a mix of machines with blood traction. Bajofondo manages a lot of that terminology. Current technology mixed with blood traction,

-I’m surprised you still haven’t mentioned Neil Young’s cover with Vicentico, something he once did live.

-It’s true! Look how memorable it is! Yes, we did a version of this a few years ago eat once, completely. We have to do that for volume two, it would be a luxury!

“A good song never gets old”

"One Man Band", an old press photo by Kevin Johansson.  (Nora Lazano/Sony Music Argentina via AP)

“One Man Band”, an old press photo by Kevin Johansson. (Nora Lazano/Sony Music Argentina via AP)

Sometimes singer-songwriters shy away from making cover albums, and they do so later in their careers. Did it occur to you to postpone it years ago?

– Not necessary. it was too much Time, because there comes a time when the covers are coming together. I I can spend all night singing others’ songs, happy!There is no pretense except desire! Perhaps some of an epiphany created the power to let go and let go, and give back a little bit that the great musicians have marked you.

-The album’s provisional title is a play on your words.

,i took It’s a kind of optical illusion of a play on words, because it isn’t, but I have impressions of “in” that mark me and I have this bunch of “songs” that say something to me. A good song is always new, it never gets old.

-there’s no time.

I think what we musicians find in our own and in the works of others is the desire to overcome time and be timeless or eternal. Or deny the finiteness, deny the death of the self. Song is that which defies time, A good song sounds good today and it may sound good in 50 years or 100.

childhood memories

According to Kevin, the songs he returned to in general are songs he discovered as a teenager and an adult, as well as songs that he played at home as a child.

“There’s that mix—they say—because there are songs that I listened to at home, in California or Alaska. The album contains things that mark me from childhood to more present-day things, like Heaven, The interesting thing about changing his musical style is that the composition itself is inexhaustible. a few years ago i did one modern love Half tired and have nothing to give.

Miranda Johansson (currently "Viranda") at Quilms Rock during the pandemic.  She is Kevin

Miranda Johansson (currently “Viranda”) at Quilms Rock during the pandemic. She is Kevin’s daughter.

Last question: Are you happy and proud of the career of your daughter, Viranda?

Yes, very proud. He is one of the guests on two songs on my album, prayer for time And perfect day, She is already on her second album, she was in Lollapalooza and at the end of the month she is going to Quilms, getting fired accordingly. On lap one she opened for Drexler at Gran Rex, and I was terrified, but she later told me she wanted to be on stage. If she enjoys it, that’s all.

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