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All Apologies: Johanna Samuels

20 November 2018, 12:16

A somewhat veteran of the ever-burgeoning Los Angeles singer-songwriter scene, the remarkably talented Johanna Samuels released her latest EP Have A Good One earlier this year and had us smitten.

A student of classic songwriting with a certain nod to the current in-vogue Blood On The Tracks-era Dylan, here she takes the Best Fit Q&A.

What's your present state of mind and being?

A bit tired in the brain and bod, but can feel the year coming to a close and am excited for what’s to come! I also just ate a cookie and am terrified for our country.

What’s the most overrated virtue?

Beauty, wealth and shiny-ness.

What is one thing have you learnt from your parents?

That art is worth building a life around.

What and where was the greatest meal you ever ate?

My best friend Rebecca cooked a meal for me for my birthday a few years ago in Brooklyn. It was veggies and nourishment and I could taste the love in it.

What’s your most treasured possession?

My dog - but she is more like my child so that doesn’t count. I’ll go with my piano.

What was the last dream you had about?

I was at a very stressful fashion show that was also a strange music gig. Everybody told me that I would be able to go out on stage soon if I could just get myself to be prettier. Everyone around me was very attractive, hip, blonde and very rude and sneaky. I kept trying different things and asking them for permission to go onstage. I got fired and was suddenly planting a garden in the frontyard of my childhood home with my dog and my sister and the plants grew super fast.

What's the biggest lie on your Wikipedia page?

That I have a wikipedia page.

If you could say something to your 15-year-old self, what would it say?

Hm. I’d say a few things: Keep being so truly weird because you’re about to find your own voice. You have permission to take up space, even now, while you feel so deeply unworthy of it. These boys you’re messing with are so intimidated by your strength and wit - I wish you could see them thru the lens of your true worth. You actually do look cool with cigarettes in your mouth but you straight up have asthma - so please stop.

And finally, who would you most like to apologise to and why?

I would apologize to the earth for all the life we’ve drained from her without giving back.

Have A Good One is out now.
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