Redland Bay rocker's new album a homage to the progressive rock of the swinging sixties

REDLAND Bay musician Gus Johnson has released another album inspired by the progressive rock music of the 1960s and 70s.

The 67-year-old said it was during this era that he purchased his first guitar and fell in love with music.

"The Beatles had recently come on to the scene," he said.

"I was at that young age where I thought 'yeah, I will go and get a guitar and become like them.

"Now here I am today still doing it."

Mr Johnson said his latest album, titled Prog, featured songs about his observations on life.

"There is one on there called Floating Through which is about drifting through life and letting things happen to you but not getting too upset about it," he said.

Another song is dedicated to his late partner, who passed away from a rare brain cancer last year.

"That was pretty hard to write but it ended up alright," Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson said the new album paid homage to the days of progressive rock music when Pink Floyd were at their peak.

"They were just so fantastic," he said.

"The music of those days was maybe slightly complicated for some people but they did such a great job."

MUSIC: Gus Johnson is inspired by the big rock bands of the 1960s and 70s.

MUSIC: Gus Johnson is inspired by the big rock bands of the 1960s and 70s.

Mr Johnson said musicians should stick to their roots if they want to thrive in the age of streaming apps.

"If you are good at something and you are happy with it then away you go," he said.

"You don't get as much money for selling a song as you used to...but that is the way things are.

"You just adjust and play live. That is the best thing you can do."

Mr Johnson said he continued to release albums because music was in his blood.

"Every person on the planet has a song or a piece of music in their head that they can relate to," he said.

"That might not have been the intention of the person who wrote it but that's irrelevant.

"What matters is that person has it in their head."

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