Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Johnny Paglino, homemade in the USA, girls tell me I’m a Taurus. I grew up in Tampa, Florida. I think I’m over talking about my childhood, I’ll just say it was really blessed and I can’t believe I survived it.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I’ve released music under a couple of different monikers, most recently as Dolphins. But now I’m doing all the work myself and not really in a band, so I figured I’d just use my real name.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind the song.

I wanted to write a couple of songs about the current political moment, and this was the first one I finished. In the last few years I’ve had the displeasure of spending time with the criminal justice system and I wanted to frame that experience as a poppy breakup song to America. My relationship with this country is about as complicated as any romantic one I’ve had, and the EP represents a menu of takes on that theme. This is just the catchiest song among them.

I don’t really think about genre when I write anymore, it always got in the way for me. Other people can decide that.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, and how the song was recorded.

I played and recorded everything in the bedroom. Evan over at Mixtown USA mixed and mastered it.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been releasing music for over a decade, albeit with some wasted years throughout. I’ve played live a lot and I’ve been in the room for some major label sessions, but I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been in the industry. From what I’ve seen of it, I’m glad.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Clarity.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Lol.

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Tell us the kind of advice you would give to an upcoming artist.

Be prolific, not precious.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Write the chord progressions, find a melody, then think for months until the words finally come.

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Name the five biggest artists that you like.

70s: Ambrosia

80s: Michael McDonald

90s: Nas

00s: Aphex Twin

10s: Ariel Pink

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I would write a song with John Prine but I’d probably contribute nothing of value.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

www.johnnypaglino.com

www.soundcloud.com/johnny_paglino

Twitter @jrg.paglino

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest day was probably getting into college. My lawyer would have a conniption if I talked about my saddest day.

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Tell us how you would spend a million dollars.

I’d probably invest it all in Bitcoin the day before the bubble bursts.


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