The Profile: Johnny Calvert - Kick Ons

The Profile 09/04/2021

Textbook Kiwi fellah Johnny Calvert has had a barn storming run up the guts with his latest release “Kick Ons”.

Off the back of a couple late 2020 releases “My Soul” & “One 2” which notably was played out by Sofi Tukker on their “House Tuesdays” livestream, Johnny has now whacked it up a gear with this tech house heater.

Inspired after being deep down the YouTube rabbit hole watching music videos and hearing the line “afterparty, meet me at the afterparty,” he thought he’d give it a short & sharp rework.

“Kick Ons” was the go-to, being synonymous with the afterparty scene of Aotearoa it was only fitting. Keeping it authentic, the vocals were recorded on an iPhone and then the rest of the track was built around that.

Calvert’s been on the DJ scene for over 5 years now, but it wasn’t till late 2018 where he started at MAINZ that his passion for production really ramped up. Working alongside tutors like Tom Lee of Lee Mvtthews, it wasn’t long before production sessions turned into mastering sessions.

“Chris Lake brought out my love for House, but I'm constantly listening to Disclosure, Oliver Heldens, Dom Dolla or old Garage and Disco records. Number one inspiration for me, and why I love music: the mood, feelings and memories that it brings out. Currently, my tunes are for festivals and the club, so it's those emotions and memories that are associated.” - Johnny Calvert

2021 is set to be a ripper for Calvert, with releases waiting in the wings to drop, gig bookings ramping up and having his eye on a New Years festival run, it looks like it’ll definitely be one big party.

Leaving you on a couple words of wisdom from the producer of “Kick Ons”, Johnny reckons a few must haves for the late night antics are “More Drinks, a pepperoni pizza with peri-peri sauce from Domino’s and of course just some quality tunes”

- Brook Gibson