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Strong creative woman Johanna & The Dusty Floor is currently on tour with the band Bird Call in support of their album "Northern Lights". Just last year she released her well received debut EP 'The Forest'. During this year she has learned a lot making her more determined and stronger. In this interview you have the chance to get to know the woman behind the music who is not afraid to share her wisdom: "Always be your own truth."

[Q]: First off, congratulations on your new album 'Northern Lights'. What's the story behind the album?

Thanks so much! Well, it is just a sort of travelogue of my life in the past year or so. I traveled a lot during that time and was a little displaced in body and spirit. I just wrote and wrote. These are just a selection of many. The ones I liked the best.

[Q]: What is the meaning behind the title, "Northern Lights"?

There is a song in there Called "Northern Lights" and was dreamed up from a few things. Wanting to go to Iceland, reading the Phillip Pullman stories... I literally woke up one morning with that song, written from start to finish in my head from a dream I had.

[Q]: Your debut EP was only released last November. Are you happy with the result(-s) one year later?

YES! So excited that there has been such a positive response. That's all you can really hope for and I am so proud of the work I have done and the effort I put in to get to this point. I have had such amazing people on my side helping me through my first releases.

[Q]: How does your EP compare with your new full-length album 'Northern Lights'?

Well, the EP was just a small taste with a few songs thrown in that did not make the record. They didn't make it because if the cohesiveness of the full length, but they were still great songs and I loved them and wanted them to be out there. I like that it all turned out that way as the songs from the EP that are not on the full length are a little different which shows another side of me creatively.

[Q]: When creating a track, do you have a set theme and pre-written lyrics, or do you start with an idea or the music first?

None of the above and all of the above. I have a weird connection to my writing spirit. I literally feel the tingle in my hands when a song is coming on. All the good ones (well, the ones I think are good) have all come at once, like a wave and have all come in a whole and finished form. They just spill out of me. I am not good at "trying" to write.

[Q]: You have been studying jazz and listening to all kinds of music. In what way does the listener hear these influences in your music?

I think perhaps you would have to ask the listener for that. I am too close to what I do, so what I hear, is not at all what other people hear in terms of what I feel the influences are that come out. I guess you could say that because I started in the Classical field with Choirs and parts in Operas at an early age, the fact that the music I write is very Harmony driven could be thought of as a direct result of that experience. I have a bit of an 80's pop edge which is I guess because of my love for Kate Bush.

[Q]: Last year you mentioned that you are inspired by powerful body artist Kiki Smith and the conceptual artist Yayoi Kusama. How do you define a strong creative woman?

A strong creative woman to me, is someone who is not afraid to speak her mind or act the way she acts on the inside. Always be your own truth. I am a heart on my sleeve kind of girl, I say what I mean and I mean what I say. Especially when it comes to matters of the heart. no one is going to be a bigger supporter than yourself.... so you have to trust your gut and go with it. Women's intuition is a very powerful thing.

[Q]: Can you say that a year after your debut you yourself are a strong creative woman?

I like to think that I have always been one. This experience has only made me more determined and stronger. So, yes.

[Q]: Most artists tend to change their style due to personal 'growth' or other changes in their live. Over the years what has changed your music? What are the negative sides of this change?

I don't think any of it is negative. It's all learning, isn't it? Your mistakes, your downfalls, your highs and success all blend together to help you evolve. We are all constantly evolving as we age. I am looking forward to seeing how the next record will sound because of experiences I have and am having since I wrote these current songs.

[Q]: You have been travelling over the world. How does New York/USA compare to Australia?

It doesn't. Both are completely different and equally as amazing. I will always be an Aussie at heart no matter where I am in the world.

[Q]: How is your tour moving along? What can your listeners and fans expect from your tour?

I am seriously THRILLED at the response! It has been amazing. The venues have been so kind and supportive and the shows have been so well attended seeing as I am a relatively new artist on the scene. I am pleasantly surprised. Listeners can expect a good live show, a fun laugh and some drinks and a few new songs thrown in there.

[Q]: Any tour-event, or fan-moment, you like to share with your readers/fans?

Well, we went and spent two nights on the bass players families plantation in Mississippi. We wrote music and went gator spotting. For a girl from Australia, that was pretty wild.

[Q]: What is your favorite part of your live show?

Just playing with the band and seeing people digging it. It's such a satisfying thing.

[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as an artist?

I would like people to like what I do... Listen to my records and hopefully I will continue to make this a career for years to come.

A couple of 'simple' questions:
[Q]: What is your favorite movie?

That Night.

[Q]: What is your favorite music?


[Q]: What is your favorite YouTube clip?

Go on my Youtube and see my favorites.. I have TONS! www.youtube.com/johannacranitch I am however, quite partial to the "drinking out of cups".

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

Band Yoga, Coffee, Drive from State to state, coffee, hotel or friends couch, shower, practice, coffee, play show, wine, coffee, bad cheesy TV and bed.

[Q]: Final words?

Use the force.

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