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After 5 years in PR, in 2012 I dropped everything to focus on music and songwriting. Now, I'm ready to share my work with the world.
After 5 years in PR, in 2012 I dropped everything to focus on music and songwriting. Now, I'm ready to share my work with the world.
After 5 years in PR, in 2012 I dropped everything to focus on music and songwriting. Now, I'm ready to share my work with the world.
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Hi, there! My name is Ionuţ. If you find it hard to pronounce, you can call me John, just like all my friends in Dublin do. :)

Beginnings 

I live and breathe music. Ever since I was a kid, my dream was to play guitar. So, when I turned 16, I got my first acoustic guitar. I learned to play all my favourite songs and when I went to college, I brought it with me. It was then when I began to realise that my passion for music will never fade and will eventually grow into something bigger.

College years
College years

I was right. After graduation, with a bachelor degree in PR and a master's in Advertising in my pocket, I started working in PR, but I never really drifted away from music. Not a single day went by when I didn’t pick up the guitar, learning new songs, taking singing lessons and improving my skills. Then, something happened.

Runaway John

In 2012, I dropped everything, moved to Amsterdam and became Runaway John. Friends, family, colleagues, everybody was shocked, but happy for me at the same time. I was leaving everything behind in order to follow a dream that stuck its roots so deep in my heart. I took a leap of faith, I had nothing, no job, no security, just a desire to change. A desire to play music.  

So I started busking, playing music on the streets of Amsterdam in order to support myself and to improve as a performer. Although I didn’t know what the next day would bring, every piece was beginning to fall into place. I started writing songs, connecting music with feelings and experiences brought by this new life.

Busking on Grafton Street, Dublin.
Busking on Grafton Street, Dublin.

In late 2013, I moved to Dublin to pursue this madness of mine. I became a street musician here, being a regular on Grafton Street, one of the most famous busking spots in the world. This is where I found true competition, which drove me to become better and better. I kept writing songs, getting inspired by the life I was living, friends and family that I missed.

I got this while busking on Grafton Street.
I got this while busking on Grafton Street.
This one is from Alexanderplatz, Berlin.
This one is from Alexanderplatz, Berlin.

The EP

Out of almost 40 songs, drafts and ideas I picked five, which I want to professionally record for my debut EP. I’m tired of home recordings and things half-done, and I decided to do this by the book. Earlier this year, I found a small and great studio in Dublin - Camelot Studios. Set in a beautiful countryside landscape outside the city, the place has something magical in it, that made me come back every time. In March, I decided to finally discuss a plan for recording my debut EP there. I talked to the guys, sent acoustic demos of the songs and now they are waiting for me to start working on my first real album. :) 

Recording in a studio takes a lot of time, energy and, of course, money. I have the time and the energy, but I really need your support. Along with the guys at the studio, I put together a plan that will allow me to rehearse with session musicians (that are going to be featured on the album), record, mix and send the tracks for mastering, which is the final step in producing a song.  

Each step is crucial and costly, which is why I’m asking for your help. I’m inviting you to take part in making this record. The sum I’m pledging for will be just enough for: 

  • recording
  • mixing
  • dedicated sound engineer
  • session musicians
  • mastering
  • multiplying and printing CDs.

Any donation is welcome, every penny counts. I’m very excited about this EP and I think it would be wonderful and I can’t wait to share it with you all! 

Risks and challenges

The most important lesson I learned in these past three years is that courage makes a huge difference between living your dream and just "dreaming" your dream. Try and if you fail, try again. Fail again? Try again. This makes you become better. Nothing is for granted and every step forward needs a leap of faith. If my project is successfully funded, I might face challenges during the recording and post-production processes, starting from working song structures with the band to carefully supervising expenses for each step of the process.

Although, the most challenging situation will be the public reception of my work. I am very happy with the songs I wrote and they reflect the feelings that kept me going for so long, but if critical acclaim is scarce, I will not back down. I will continue working and challenging myself to become better. Music is a form of art and art implies creativity. Like Scott Adams said, "Creativity is allowing you to make mistakes… Art is knowing which ones to keep".

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