The Johnny Bemolle's is an Italian folk duo formed in late 2013 featuring Antonello and Eleonora, two talented singers/musicians. Follow Johnny's life story through their first EP One-way and hop on a ride around Europe at the pace of ukulele, guitar and flute notes. The result of this storytelling masterpiece is a fresh, uplifting and addictive musical trip that will leave you speechless!
- Hi guys! First of all, can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit more about your story? How did the two of you meet?
Antonello: The Johnny Bemolle’s is a folk rock and storytelling project, the sort of things you do sitting around a bonfire with good friends and a glass of wine. We put in music the stories of Johnny, a traveller and musician that we’ve gone missing, and we do it with guitar, ukulele and flute.
Eleonora: We met thanks to Johnny Bemolle, because one night I was with my friends in a pub where Antonello was playing and after the show I asked him who was that song about a french girl (East Paris).
- When did you start making music? Is One-way your first EP as a duo?
Antonello: We have been playing for years, but we started playing together in late 2013. I played as a one-man-band in pubs, but when I met Eleonora the idea came to life.
Eleonora: One-way came naturally after few months and it’s been a gift we made to ourselves as it were Johnny’s house first brick (see the album cover).
- How is the work divided between the two of you? Who writes the lyrics, composes, produces the music etc.?
Antonello: I take care to write melodies and lyrics. Arrangements and other ideas come together while playing. We try to manage all the process, even the production and management in general, we try to stay independent.
Eleonora: Antonello shares his ideas and songs come to life in our “garage” room. We love to create a network and grow our fans day by day.
- We all want to know who Johnny Bemolle is! Tell us more about the character and his story.
We want too! (joking). We know just a little about Johnny, someone says he was born in the early 1900 in some Irish or Scottish village, belonging to a poor Italian family, but some others say he came from a rich English family.
What is for sure is that Johnny in a specific moment of his life decided to leave everything, and we probably won’t even know why. Nobody knows where is he now, someone says he’s hanging around, maybe playing in a pub or in the street. Others say he met Molly Malone in one of his travels, and now they’re living together, somewhere.
- Some of your songs are talking about different destinations (Bruges, Paris, Dublin, Scotland). What is it about those places that inspires you so much? Are those spots you have visited?
They are some of the places that Johnny crossed with his guitar, writing about stories, characters, atmospheres he met on his journey. Every place has its own culture and its own personality, and that's probably what fascinated Johnny.
- You’re making folk music, but do you listen to other genres? What is your favorite tune or artist at the moment?
Antonello: In the last few months I’ve been listening to a lot of independent folk and blues bands found on the web, for example Shakey Graves, Them Savages or Blue Dean Carcione (artists that I super recommend!), but also ‘heavier’ things (I am a huge Led Zeppelin fan).
Eleonora: I usually listen to many folk artists and now I am over-listening Damien Rice last album. Regarding other music, I am passionate about Italian prog rock, a genre that few months ago lost a great artist, Francesco Di Giacomo (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso), one of my favorites singer of all time.
- #Do you have any live experiences you would like to share? Your favorite performance, or maybe a particular/funny anecdote?
Antonello: We would like to share a promo video that we made for a very nice music festival we attended this summer The Johnny Bemolle's - “Non il Solito Festival”, an independent music event, where we had the pleasure to support The Niro.
Eleonora: We would like to take this opportunity to inform the jogger in the video that one day he will become famous!
- Last question: what’s coming next for The Johnny Bemolle’s? Any future plans?
At this moment we are working together with a ukulele player / producer to record a special tribute to traditional Irish music and we are also thinking about East Paris’ videoclip. Obviously our goal is to play anywhere, in Italy and abroad!
Cheers to you!