Johnny the Dreamchaser talks Eminem influence, Long Island inspiration, rising hip-hop career and more

“Music is the universal language,” a wise man by the name of Johnny the Dreamchaser once said.

Johnny the Dreamchaser, also known as $wagger Dagger, has been a local legend repping South Valley Stream for years on end. From the countless stories of Johnny rapping in the hallways of Valley Stream South High School to his dedicated fan base, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like the radiant personality of Johnny the Dreamchaser.

Worm and Rojo were afforded the opportunity to interview the rising star in Johnny the Dreamchaser and we here at Lunar Space were ultimately left humbled and inspired after hearing Johnny speak his mind. Read on to find out more about the talented spirit that is Johnny the Dreamchaser.

SEE IT HERE: JOHNNY THE DREAMCHASER POSTED UP WITH FUTURISTIC

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Growing up in the pop-punk-saturated culture of Long Island, Johnny has utilized his unique sonic upbringing into shaping the innovative sound that has made him so beloved by his followers.

“My elementary school music teacher, she, like, introduced me to music,” Johnny noted. “I wasn’t really rapping in the beginning. I was just listening to a lot of different vibes as far as like… the Fall Out Boy‘s, Panic! at the Disco‘s… Gym Class Heroes.”

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In regards to rap and hip-hop, Johnny listed Eminem is one of his biggest influences — noting, “He was definitely one of the first rappers that I ever studied.” He continued, noting that Eminem’s inspiring story was one of “No excuses.”

Furthermore, Johnny also cites artists such as Joyner Lucas, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, DaBaby and Post Malone as sources of inspiration. In fact, Johnny even enjoys country music from the likes of Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line!

“I take my shit from various art forms because music is like, music is the universal language. I don’t discriminate it as like, ‘Oh, I don’t fuck with this’—I mean if it’s trash, I’m going to be straight up about it but like, if I fuck with it… it’s dope.”

As Johnny draws influence from a wide spectrum of artists, he somehow manages to amalgamate all of his diverse tastes into one cohesive sound — not something that many artists can skillfully do. During the interview, Johnny even mentions that his first performance consisted of a verse that he had three minutes to write — all without a beat! A cappella!

JOHNNY DO BE LOOKIN FRESH DOE: PEEP THE FIT

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Speaking on what influences his writing, Johnny stated that, “I can just pick anything.”

“Honestly, it can be anything, even down to my [Instagram] videos and shit. I’ll just be writing like different vibes, I’ll always catch different pockets and different beats. Any song can be a moment,” Johnny profoundly stated. “If I was given a beat, I could just think off the top of my head.”

Of course, as is with any Lunar Interview, we had to dig deeper to find out not just about Johnny the Dreamchaser, but also who Johnny the person is.

“I think it’s important for me to keep myself grounded. Where I come from definitely reflects who I am as a person, as a man, as an artist. Every time I look in the mirror, I’m like, ‘I got this.’”

SEE: JOHNNY GOT ALL THE SNACKS ON DECK!!

On his daily life, Johnny notes that going to the gym and watching TV are amongst his favorite pastimes. Shows like “Family Guy” and “Power” rank among the rising rapper’s favorite programs. Keeping his mental, physical and emotional health in check remains imperative to Johnny’s approach in life.

Given his laidback and humbled demeanor, Johnny has spoken fondly of his family and mentioned that spending time with them is equally as important as the rest of his pastimes.

“HEART OF BATMAN, THOUGHTS OF JOKER”

A man with a fascinating outlook on life, Johnny left us incredibly inspired with his concluding words of wisdom.

When asked on future advice he would give to up-and-coming artists and possibly the next Johnny the Dreamchaser, Johnny notes that patience is one of the most important things for rising artists to learn.

“Definitely patience… Get it how you can. Get it anyway how you can. You never know who’s who and you never know who’s going to be listening or who’s going to be tuning in, so get it however you can,” Johnny said. “Never let people and petty comments bring you down.”

Citing a profound quote from Eminem, Johnny noted that, “People diss what they can’t do.”

Johnny left off with a resounding inspirational statement, telling listeners to “keep going, keep building and keep perfecting your craft however you can because I think that’s the most important thing.” “Whatever it means to you, put it out. You never know how it can be received.”

Check out our full interview with Johnny the Dreamchaser here!

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