Bootleg Theater Presents
Johanna Samuels Residency - Free
Sofia Wolfson, Lisa Sonoda, Lia
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Indie-songstress Johanna Samuels is a breath of fresh air. She revives the singer-songwriter genre with carefully crafted lyrics and earnest pop-laden choruses. The native New Yorker grew up in Los Angeles, before returning to NY at the age of 18. She spent her time in school singing in school choirs, learning to play the songs of her musical heroes by ear. Naturally, Samuels began writing music of her own in her bedroom. At a time where the burgeoning music scene in Brooklyn was bustling DIY venues merging shows that showcased both well-known indie acts with dozens of undiscovered artists, Samuels was inspired to take her songs to the stage. Soon she was playing sold out shows at Glasslands and Union Pool.
In 2012 she recorded and self-released a six-track EP, Giant Fantasy Life and assembled a 4-piece backing band. Her sincere performances drew audiences in, making her one of the most promising acts to rise out of the New York indie scene.
In early spring of 2013 she recorded her first full-length album, titled Double Bind. After recording basic tracks with the band at a quilt factory-turned-studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Samuels and drummer Fen Ikner worked on the tracks whenever the had a chance.The songs on Double Bind were written in Johanna's apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn and all share a sentiment of necessary separation or as Samuels puts it "…attempting to own myself and stand on my two feet."
She explains, "While recording the album, a good friend had described the term Double Bind: a dynamic wherein two emotional demands are met but consequently negate each other, leaving one person to feel trapped. For some reason that struck a deep chord in me. It is from that place that many of these songs grew."
Samuels moved back to LA late last year, a sound that is reflected in her upcoming EP Home and Dry: Told a Lie. The songs on the EP melt thoughtful narratives with sunny arrangements. Samuels enters the latest chapter in her artistry, while earnestly pouring out her heart, soul and creativity in the form of ear candy for us all. The best is yet to come.
Sofia Wolfson is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles, currently living in Boston for school. Her musical influences range from Joni Mitchell to Blake Mills, The Band to Fiona Apple, which can be heard in her music. Brought up on 1960s folk and rock, Sofia started playing guitar at 6, writing music at 9, and played her first gig when she was 13. Throughout her high school years at The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
Sofia released her first full-length record when she was 16, called Hunker Down. Her latest EP Side Effects, a 3-song release, was produced by Marshall Vore (Ryan Adams, Phoebe Bridgers, Korey Dane) at Vore’s home studio in Pasadena. “Snake Eyes,” “Write It Down,” and “Capsule,” are brought to life by some incredible musicians like Lee Pardini (Dawes), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley), Dylan Day (Corey Harper, Korey Dane), and more.
As of recent, Sofia released a music video for “Write It Down,” as well as a new single “Never Been.”