There’s no denying the level of talent and creativity that independent musician and artist Jon Bernys displays despite being only eighteen years old. Armed with nothing more than a phone, his guitar, a few pedals, and a synthesizer. He’s hypnotizing audiences everywhere with his ambient music.
Jonathan Edward Bernys hails from Longwood, Florida, a small town not far from Orlando. He’s lived an incredibly simple and humble life by far. Yet despite his humble beginnings, the musician has big dreams for himself. And to not chase after those dreams would be a disservice to the world.
From a young age, Jon was always very creative. He first started in the visual arts, growing mostly by drawing marine animals through his elementary years. Unfortunately, an early illness would put the artist’s creative pursuits on pause as the artist prioritized his health for the time being. When he turned twelve, Jon Bernys would come to terms with his love for another creative expression form: music. He started listening to artists like Jimi Hendrix, John Cage, Pink Floyd, and various other punk bands and classical artists. His love for music would influence him into learning to play the guitar and dedicate time, effort, and resources to mastering it.
At the age of sixteen, John Bernys found ambient music and started to immerse himself in the genre. He would listen to tracks before bed. The theme of music brought a soothing and healing effect on the young artist. Soon, he started creating his own tracks. Picking up from his early influences and new exposure to psychedelic bands from the ’60s and ’90s, Jon began diving into a new music category. If he had to label it, the musician would classify his music in the art rock, experimental rock, psychedelic rock, folk, and psychedelic folk categories.
Out of his love for the genre, Jon started home recording with very minimal equipment. To date, he has created, recorded, and released a slew of albums, including titles like The Hot Water Heart, Spirit of Envy: Touch by Touch, The Sun Remains The Sun, We All Live Through The Same Purpose, Through Naked Numbers, Soft and Peaceful, Endless Journey Through Endless Tho(ugh)ts, and The Groundhog Pierre pt. 1 and 2.
Jon’s music carries a deep and existential theme that mostly comes in the form of instrumentals. But even without words to describe the subject of his songs, the ambient musician’s tracks convey a deep level of emotion and expression to them. What’s most surprising about Jon Bernys’ music is the level of professionalism and quality they have despite his minimalistic home recording setup.
Through his ambient tracks, Jon hopes to bring people through the healing effect that music can bring to listeners. He hopes to impact more people through his art and expression, maintaining that his songs carry a sign of hope and comfort to many people who struggle. Jon hopes his music will turn into a place of solace, safety, and warmth, most especially to youth who struggle with depression, bullying, and self-doubt.
Despite his quiet origins, Jon Bernys never fails to dream big. He looks forward to the day that other artists start covering his music and hopes he can be a testament of hard work to those who aspire to put their music out there just as he has.