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Faces of #MakeMusicHartford: James Johnson

James Johnson: Builder, Living Space Renovator, Community Organizer, House Music DJ. James’ passion for building that which is both concrete and abstract made him a great fit for our first Make Music Hartford Planning Committee! In addition, he’ll be leading a DJ Showcase on Make Music Day.

photography: Mike Marques

What is your instrument(s)? If not a singer/musician, what is your connection to the arts?

I am a House Music DJ.

What do you do other than the arts – professionally? Hobbies?

I am a builder, and Living Space Renovator.

What drew you to MMH?

I love Hartford, and all the diverse artists and artistry that it produces. Amanda Roy understands the need to maintain and nurture these assets, so I want to do what I can to support the movement.

What drew you to Hartford and what is making you stay?

Life drew me here. I grew up between New Jersey & Hartford. I stay here because I get all seasons, I have built a niche customers base of homeowners, business owners, and artists that I collaborate with, and provide services for, and I want to be a part of the process of elevating the arts in Hartford to greater heights.

What is your favorite genre(s) of music?

HOUSE and Hip Hop are my favorite genres of music.

Top 3 favorite things about Hartford

  1. SO many local beers and breweries
  2. There are great clubs, and groups that meet to do good for the community.
  3. Many of my younger artist friends in the Hartford area have videos and albums (this is kinda cool)

What part of MMH are you most looking forward to?

I always look forward to playing music for people, but I love to hear how people moved around the city, enjoying various interactions, and productions.

Hopes/dreams/wishes for Hartford:

I want to see more music on the streets throughout the year, and more spaces in the city that give a platform to sound and visual expression.

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