Arrested Youth, aka Ian Johnson, has discovered a unique way to interact with fans during the pandemic, launching the Quarantine Sessions, an opportunity for fans across the world to come together and write songs. As a result, the Arrested Youth & The Quarantiners EP will be released on May 29.
Fans can pre-save Arrested Youth & The Quarantiners today at https://arrestedyouth.ffm.to/ayandthequarantiners.
Johnson started each session by producing a rough demo of music, then worked with fans via Instagram and YouTube livestreams to create a song concept along with lyrics. Johnson would then come up with vocal melodies, and put finishing production edits with his friend and producer Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft.
“Instead of guessing what kids were going through, I wanted to hear from them first-hand,” says Johnson. “So, we got together a couple nights a week to write songs- anything from what we were doing with our free time to how we were feeling about life in general.”
Arrested Youth is an artist who built his cult following through his mix of alternative and hip-hop styles and thought-provoking lyrics addressing issues of self-doubt, ego, and the hyper-stimulation brought on by social media. Since releasing his debut album FEAR in late 2018, Arrested Youth has amassed 40+ million streams, and supported Yungblud, DREAMERS and The Mowgli’s on their U.S. and Canadian tours.