The Los Angeles based singer songwriter Johnny Gates, brings influences of alternative pop, rock, and soul into a fusion unlike anything else. “Brooklyn Nights” creates a feeling of intimacy, it is almost like you’re sitting listening to him perform live. The video tells the story of Johnny’s relationship in a cinematic movie-like format.
Johnny explained the inspiration behind the song and video, “I grew up in Rhode Island, which is like 3 hours from New York City, and an old girlfriend and I would dream about living in Brooklyn. We’d take the train into the city and head to Brooklyn and just kind of plan out our future there. Ultimately it didn’t work out and we went our separate ways, but a few years later I was back in Brooklyn for the first time without her, while on tour. The entire place just looked and felt different. Not better or worse, just different. I went back to the venue and started writing the song downstairs in the green room, and I’ve been playing it at shows ever since.”
Like the song title suggests, the music video was filmed in Brooklyn, NY. Johnny tells us, “Making the video was such an incredible experience. Filming everything in Brooklyn really brought the song to life. So happy we could make that happen. And the team was just awesome. I’ve been in bands forever, and with this being my first solo stint, I was loving the whole “crew” mentality. And this is my first ever video, so it’s just wild to see lyrics turn into visuals.”
Johnny is currently working on his new EP which will be released in early 2019.