Johannes Formella - GJOVA

Profession: Musician 

Location: Los Angeles, California

Favorite Accessories: Wellington

For over ten years, GJOVA has led a successful career in the international music industry as a professional musician and songwriter. His projects and tours have taken GJOVA throughout Europe, the U.S., Brazil, Hong Kong, and Japan. At the moment, GJOVA is based in Los Angeles.

All the songs on his newest album were written and produced exclusively by GJOVA. The tracks feature heavyweights such as legendary drummer, Kenny Aronoff, as well as Christopher Hornbrook, Blas Perez, and Josh Giroux, who are all part of Dhani Harrison’s band, son of George Harrison from the Beatles.

The songs, “Pure Oxygen“ and “Hurricane,” were recorded at none other than the iconic Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. (Studio to many artists such as, Neil Young, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Nirvana, Kyuss, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, A Perfect Circle, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknot, Poison The Well, Nine Inch Nails, and Metallica.)


Music has been my greatest joy in life from a very young age. When I was 10, I collaborated with my brother on our first music project. That was when we wrote our first songs. Due to my music projects over the years, I've the great pleasure to travel the globe to play music. And let me tell you, it really never gets old. 

From my small hometown, Husum, in northern Germany, all the way to my current base in Los Angeles, California, I've been lucky enough to collaborate with world-renowned musicians and producers, and record in iconic studios. Being in a room with Grammy nominees ... musicians and studios who left their marks in history and are part of platinum, gold, and Grammy-winning records…and we were making music together, the songs that I had written on my dad's old guitar. I was stoked out of my mind and truly felt like a kid again, and the world of recording studios was my playground.

Beyond that, throughout this incredible journey, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to collaborate with people who made the music I listened to while I was growing up — the creative minds who inspired me to make music with my family and friends when I was young. Their music was the soundtrack to my youth. Having this opportunity is the story I fell in love with. It just blew my mind. I am deeply grateful for this experience and the moments we shared. A strong story is golden, that's true. But don't be romantic about how you get there, I was told. It's not about the “how,” but more about the “why”. That is something that deeply stuck with me. It is okay to write a different story. II´s not worse or better, it's just different. It is you. That is your unique story, and it will stay with you forever. You better get comfortable and make peace with it cause that is the story you will tell, and the world will listen.

Music to me is the greatest joy I can have. It’s love and I took high risks just for the pure sake of making music. That's why I feel so empowered and excited to see others feel the same about the things they do passionately. To see their eyes light up when they talk about it with true authenticity, or the moment of creating something out of nothing — this unique moment of pure joy, beauty, and greatness. Seeing, feeling, and experiencing their love and passion for what they live for is energizing and uplifting; when they get lost in the moment and become one with their passion. I admire their efforts, commitment, and sincere devotion. That is an inspiration to me and I would love to encourage you to keep doing what inspires you so we can create a life that we love, and a world to be a part of and to die for. I am grateful for what I’m doing, I feel grateful for living this life. From the heart, thank you for making me feel this way. Though there is still way too much talent and creative potential wasted out there, we all have something to give and share, and it is nothing less than the best of us. Now, let's go out there and create greatness and beauty to inspire more.

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