The open mic night is an imperative staple of any scene, and any local music hotbed worth their salt should pride itself on the quality of their’s. For Cayla Johnson, who runs The Worthen House‘s weekly open mic event ,Open Mic Wednesdays, as well as the artist networking group Music Industry Boston, (Which regularly books events around Lowell and the Boston area) this is something not to be taken lightly. This tastemaker of the Lowell scene surely has some answers for…
5 QUESTIONS FOR CAYLA JOHNSON
1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?
Lizzo‘s Cuz I Love You. It’s rare that I enjoy an entire album, but I like most of the tracks on this one.
2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?
I would say Prince, but he’s passed on. My next choice would probably be, Beyoncé.
3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?
I love television and podcasts, I hope to get into broadcasting a bit in the future. I also really love to travel and meet new people.
4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?
My first instinct is to say systemic racism, but that’s a lot for one person to try and change.
So I’ll say, I wish there was more camaraderie within our local music scenes. I get it, in LA and NYC things are competitive. But, for people to be dog eat dog in the Boston music scene seems silly. The best way to make our music scene strong like in other cities, would be for people to come together to support each other, as well as share and recommend opportunities.
If we worked together more often, the best musicians and producers wouldn’t feel like they had to leave Boston to “make it.” If we value each other more, show goers will value us more as well. Show goers complaining about a $10 cover here seems weird compared to a cover in NYC or LA.
5. If you had to pair your favorite album with an ice cream flavor, what would it be and why?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee John Trudeau)
My favorite album is probably Purple Rain by Prince. It’s obviously black raspberry flavor. Smooth and sweet.
Cayla’s Open Mic Night Wednesdays occur weekly at The Worthen House Cafe. More information can be found via the event’s Facebook page. She is currently also booking events all weekend of the upcoming Lowell Folk Festival at the Worthen Attic.
– Lilz Martin