Up close and behind the scenes with musician, producer and composer Johnny Jewel regarding his many projects, including work in his multiple groups (Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, Symmetry), his acclaimed label Italians Do it Better, his experience on Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’, and his subsequent inspired 2 hour + instrumental project Symmetry ‘Themes for an Imaginary Film’ - AND he still finds the time to rush out to the copy center creating album art!
Johnny Jewel has been writing, producing, and performing for more than a decade, beginning with the disco machine Glass Candy and continuing on with the dark waves of Chromatics and the cosmo pop of Desire. In 2007 he started the label Italians Do It Better, which that same year released Glass Candy's Beatbox and Chromatics' Night Drive albums as well as the seminal compilation After Dark. Jewel's music escaped from the discotheque and won praise from critics including the New York Times, NME, the Fader, and Dazed & Confused; soundtracked commercials and fashion shows for Prada and Dior; and resulted in his groups playing legendary festivals including Glastonbury and Coachella.
Jewel's presence was strongly felt in the 2011 movie Drive, where songs from Chromatics and Desire featured prominently; the film's star Ryan Gosling said his favorite thing to do was to "listen to a Johnny Jewel song." Jewel's production style has influenced countless acts, and he's probably the only producer who has been sampled by Jarvis Cocker and Kid Cudi. In late 2011 Jewel released a new project called Symmetry, whose Themes for an Imaginary Film album was a two-hour instrumental score that garnered attention from the Guardian and Pitchfork.
2012 sees Jewel continuing with his ambitious plans, with the new albums from Chromatics and Glass Candy as well as the sequel to After Dark all coming out in the first six months of the year.