"Coast & Ocean… he’s so effing cool!"
Coast & Ocean, aka Alex Johnson, aka Lil Chay Jay aka a super sick kid bringing something completely funky and fresh to the Australian music scene.
Alex has been making music all throughout high school but in the last year or so, his hunger and passion to fulfil his dream of being a successful artist a reality has seen him soar. Growing up in Lake Heights on NSW’s South Coast, Alex is no stranger to the laid back, chill nature of living in a beach town, which is evident in his music. However this seemingly happy go lucky guy also knows what it’s like to struggle; feeling passionately about real issues such as police brutality, the treatment of asylum seekers, politics, mental health, past relationships and the natural ebbs and flows of life and incorporating these into his art.
When I first heard Alex, it was an intimate jam session with a bunch of friends after a night out. He is the type of artist who makes his audience feel like he is singing personally to them, whilst still making his audience feel like they are a part of something; something big and something meaningful and something important. I would attribute this to his ability to freestyle, drop random beats and be super sexy and slick whilst doing so.
Coast & Ocean are touring at the moment, up and down the East Coast playing festivals, gigs, pubs and clubs as well as busking.
Alex is an inspired, experimental, multi-instrumental, songwriter, rapper musician who incorporates loop pedal rhythms, beat boxing and acoustic percussion with a mix of soulful melodic vocals… making him a stupid cool and talented young artist.
Coast & Ocean has released his ‘My Mania’ E.P and is currently touring it… This new single “Doobies Girl” is the first of two from the upcoming album “Sandcastle Mansion” due out later this year.
Currently touring in Nimbin, Coast & Ocean will be making his way back down to Sydney and the South Coast stopping along the way in Newcastle from early-mid May. Supporting him on this tour is his girlfriend and singer songwriter Ali Morgan, who you can check out on Soundcloud.
To summarise Coast & Ocean in three words, I would say he is honest, cheeky and witty. Catch him at one of his shows as he tours up and down the east coast.
by DANDELION @ deekw93.wordpress.com
2015 and 2016 has also seen Alex support names such as
Daniel Champagne, Hein Cooper, Jed Appleton, Joe Mungovan, Renee Geyer, Lurch & Chief,
Leppers and Crooks and Dylan Joel.
"Coast & Ocean is doing something really special - mixing hip hop verses with a great voice and catchy hooks, intricate guitar work and some funky percussive playing. It's like he's created a whole new genre...I don't think there's anything else out there quite like him and that's definitely a good thing!" - Daniel Champagne
"His music completely reflects who he is, he loves what he does and he's an absolute animal at it.
Probably the three most important aspects to being a phenomenal artist... and Alex has all three."
- Dylan Joel, Touring Artist
"A diamond in the rough"
- Redfoo, Record producer, Singer, Rapper.
"Coast and Ocean is a sound and personality truly unique to the
Australian Music Scene - smooth lyrics- soulful voice - amazing percussive acoustic guitar with a hip hop twist.
A must see!"
- Aaron VanderaA, Lead Vocalist for band VanderAa.
"After seeing Alex perform and being mesmerised by his hip-hop meets surf rock style,
I could tell that this kid is going places.
He would be a true asset to any venue who booked him
and will have people coming back again and again wanting more of what this kid can give"
- Glenn Haworth, Haworth Guitars.
"Alex was a true professional.
Not only can he play guitar, write and sing, but he was can also make the audience laugh.
He had the crowd in the palm of his hand as soon as he started."
- Scott H.
"Alex Johnson is someone to watch, listen to and want to work with.
Diversely talented and down to earth, he’s like the Frank Ocean of the South Coast"
- Anna Chaplin, Chaplin Arts Vocal Coach.
"Alex Johnson is a very talented young man who is going places.
Alex is jack of all trades and a master of them all from soulful acoustic ballads to hip-hop,
gentle fingerpicking to energetic guitar percussion.
In both his covers and original songs Alex shows flare and originality.
An entertaining performer and really nice guy"
- Shaun Snider, Guitarist.