Rising folk duo Johnnyswim recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The pair discussed the influence of Nashville, Tenn., on their music, their new EP, Heart Beats, and the creative process for their forthcoming full-length debut album, among other topics.
"The EP Heart Beats was really actually fun for us because we just went into our back little guest room … and we just kind of said, 'Let's see what's in us'," said Johnnyswim's Amanda Sudano Ramirez, who is the daughter of the late GRAMMY winner Donna Summer. "It was really fun for us, and it's been more fun that there's been some ears for it and that people have been able to hear it."
"It really means a lot that people like it because it is such an exposing project for us," added Abner Ramirez
Husband-and-wife duo Abner and Amanda Sudano Ramirez formed Johnnyswim after meeting in Nashville in 2005. Inspired by the city's music scene, the two began writing songs together and released their debut EP, 1–4, in 2008. A year later, they married and relocated to Los Angeles, where they released their follow-up EP, 5–8, in 2010. In 2012 Johnnyswim released Home, Vol. 1, a five-track EP that peaked at No. 20 in Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Released in June, Heart Beats is Johnnyswim's first EP on the independent label Big Picnic Records. The six-track set peaked at No. 14 on the Top Heatseekers chart and features the title track and "Annie." The duo's debut studio album is scheduled for release in 2014.
Johnnyswim are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through November.