This is my friend Johnny Kotze, better known as Johnny Neon. He is not only one of the most talented illustrators I have ever met (this guy is like some kind of drawing machine. I think if Johnny was in my art class when I was in kindergarden, I would of pushed him off the top of the slide every chance I got), but also a great musician too, who has a very cool band called Johnny Neon.
1. Where do you currently live and work?
Studio on Hout Street in Cape Town
2. Where did you study?
3. You have a design company called The Motel, how old is it and what is the coolest project you’ve worked on this year?
The Motel is about 3 years old now. The coolest project has to be the Con$umer screen print I did (piece below). It’s always best to work on your own stuff.
4. You are so good at changing uo your style of drawing. Do you sketch stuff in pencil first or are you one of those drawing genius who can just put pen to paper and create things that will make grown men cry? Sometimes I draw in pencil first, depending on what look I’m going for. I find it hard to get the same hand drawn style if I just start working in vector or photoshop. I can get a better picture of where I’m going when it’s on paper in front of me.
5. You’re still making music right? What is the name of your band and how would you describe your music?
Yeah, still doing Johnny Neon. It’s been a lot of different things. It started out quite dark electro synth rock and progressed to be a bit more pop and now it’s got a lot of metal and guitar and hard rock influences.
6. What are some of your musical influences?
Joy Division, Daft Punk, Anoraak, Justice, College, Maethelvin, Kavinsky, Miami Horror, Revolte, Jamaica, Pony Pony. Recently a lot of the french touch from Nantes. But I like a lot of rock n roll like Stones and Black Keys and BRMC. It’s kind of a weird mix of all those styles. And it’s fun to play on guitar again.
7. Do you sing while you work?
Yeah sometimes .. But not when there’s music playing.
8. What has been your most favorite thing to work on to date?
Flip I don’t know. The Migrate Magazine was a lot of fun and Nik Naks campaign was also great. Maybe the Wall for Hello World. It was cool to be there for the opening night and paint it while drinking too much and trying to balance on a tiny chair. Then having to go back the next day to fix all the mistakes.
9. If the Russian mafia had your whole family locked in a dungeon and you had to choose between either drawing or only making music for the rest of your life, which would your choose?
Hmmm … I guess music would be great, if it paid the bills.