Arrested Youth is a new class of alternative crafted by singer/songwriter Ian Johnson. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Ian was influenced by genre-blending artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kid Cudi, and began writing lyrics at the age of 15. Encouraged by friends and family, he released a series of mixtapes and an EP which made the iTunes Top 25 pop charts.
With success came a strong sense of discouragement regarding the future of his career. Ian chose to take a break from music to attend Indiana University. He graduated in 2016, triple majoring in business. He took his shot at the American Dream by accepting a job offer in Anheuser-Busch's’ Global Management Program. Within eight months, he was offered a promotion and raise that would entail 60+ hour work weeks. He turned down the offer to pursue his music career instead.
“Working in corporate America was a struggle for me,” Ian noted. “I found myself waking up every day feeling like a prisoner. I started writing music again as an outlet to express my
That fall he released his debut single “My Friends Are Robots”, an ode to the lack of creativity and self-expression he experienced while working in corporate America. He followed up with the hard-hitting, alt-anthem “A Painting in Paris”, paying tribute to the vanity of his generation. He captured a feeling and emotion he feels his generation is experiencing — uncertainty surrounding how we present ourselves in a digital world.