Releasing his third EP mixtape in 12 months, Western Sydney native Johnny Guagliardo aka Johnny [From the Burbs] has been busy solidifying his foothold in the hip-hop scene with topical lyrics that pull back the velvet curtain to comment on the Australian political landscape. Following the release of the title track earlier this year, the seven track outing brings us another key single ‘Dreamliner’ with an accompanying street inspired clip to boot, premiered on themusic.com.au, view it here.
Provoking and self-reflective, ‘Propaganda’ navigates concerns of government distrust, institutional issues and refugee rights with selective tongue in cheek lyricism and playful delivery. ‘Propaganda’ as an EP is dark, but not negative – braggadocio and hopeful in the loudest way possible.
The second single from the mixtape, ‘Dreamliner’ takes a break from the intensity of ‘Propaganda’. “It’s almost cinematic in its tone,” Johnny says. “However, lyrically the track is the most self-reflective, and colourful on the EP. It was a last-minute addition from an old beat that I half-made back in Feb on the plane trip to the US.”
Produced by Johnny himself and mixed/mastered by Sam Lloyd (Yomi Twice/ Blaine Stranger); Johnny drew inspiration for the seven track EP from Denzel Curry, Joey Badass and Tyler The Creator as well as his local scene, most notably Kwame. Lyrically, deep internal desires and governmental/ humanitarian concerns are the driving force behind everything Johnny [From the Burbs] creates.
Giving up his ‘day job’ as lead vocalist in a metal band, the hip-hop artist and producer did a U-turn and dropped his debut mixtape ‘Springtime Sorrows’ in late 2017 as Johnny [From the Burbs]. The last 12 months has seen him rack up radio airplay across the country and build into packed out shows right across Western Sydney.