Johnny Borrell


Name, where are you from?
Jonathan Edward Borrell, I grew up (and am still growing up?) in London, Zimbabwe, Paris and the Basque Country.

Describe your style?
I like wearing other peoples clothes more than my own and I only follow instruction if it serves a purpose I can understand.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Regina Spektor - in Barcelona around 2015. I wrote a song about it called the 'Pan-European Supermodel Song', but I don't think anyone guesses that the 'Gina' in the song stood for 'Regina'.
Best track was obviously Samson.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Bob Dylan and The Band would be nice, I want them to play real sloppy, something like 'Million Dollar Bash'.
I could handle seeing Svatislav Richter play Beethoven in F minor, somewhere in Eastern Europe in the '70s.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Arthur "Blind" Blake in the 1920s could have taught me everything I'd ever need to know about the guitar and timing, but I'm not sure an hour would be long enough, can I bring a tape recorder?

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Every year just outside Paris the national communist newspaper hold the Fête De L'humanité in the parc Georges Valbron. We played it once, supporting Iggy Pop, it was everything a festival should be, chaotic, vital and completely anti-corporate.

Johnny Borrell is best known as the frontman for indie rock band Razorlight.

Razorlight have recently reformed after a nearly ten-year hiatus during which Johnny released 2 solo albums and a string of singles. The most recent of which was 'My World, Your Life' in May 2018 and can be listened to below.

Razorlight will release a new album titled 'Olympus Sleeping' and head out on a UK tour in October 2018. You can listen to four new songs taken from the album and find out more about it here.

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