‘Johnny B Beast or real name Janis Zvers (1986) is Latvian acoustic blues guitarist, started solo career in 2012. Since high school Johnny played guitar in several local-famous metal and hardcore bands, toured in Europe and even Mexico, but slide-blues has always been his passion since childhood, and idea about solo blues act was strongly considered for many years.
Johnny B Beast plays fingerstyle on open tuning guitar, using guitar also as an percussion instrument, playing strings with slide, sometimes also with hip flask or shot glass. Groovy rhyme, melodic, sometimes naive licks and “southern blues” vibe characterizes Beast music.
Johnny’s got some nice videos on youtube, and video for song “Zhiga” became viral, gaining more than 20 000 views in a month!
In 2014 Johnny B Beast played 18 gigs, including open air fest “Laba Daba”, one of Latvia’s most famous fest with 15 000 people big crowd. Johnny is always looking forward for new adventures, gigs and voyages, to transform his experience in new songs.
This year’s Sigulda Blues will be the 1st time for him hit the festival stage. Johnny B Beast was also commissioned to be a part of Sigulda Blues presentation during Emajoe Bluus Festival in Tartu, Estonia’