Chill-Pop Artist Mokita shares title track single “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” off forthcoming EP via Nettwerk
February 24, 2023 BY Sean Kayden
Nashville-based singer-songwriter-producer Mokita (aka John-Luke Carter) arrives with his new single “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” and its accompanying music video directed by Zack Pigg (Nightly, Stand Atlantic). The title-track single is lifted off his forthcoming EP Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? out this spring via Nettwerk.
Shifting through genres with each release, Mokita dives back into the realm of dance-y, electronic vibes with “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” Tailored made for the dance floor, especially when it’s time to slow things down, he pulls out all the stops from trappy drums to propulsive beats. The songwriting embraces a vulnerable side of Mokita by laying his heart on the line, not knowing where the chips may fall. Charged with vocal emotion, relatable lyrics, and chilled-out textures, “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” is another stunner from Mokita’s arsenal of bangers.
Mokita shares this about “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?”,
“This song is about starting over. When you get to the end of a great relationship, you’re forced to come to terms with the fact that you have to start all over. It’s scary letting go of someone, especially when you were so comfortable with them, and you felt like they really knew you. Opening yourself back up after hurt is always incredibly hard. This song just deals with the emotions that go on when you’re figuring out how to move on and let someone go.”
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Mokita expresses this on the music video,
“The vision for the ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me Now’ video was super simple. I wanted to try and bring in something that I hadn’t used before so worked up this idea to use a green screen and have these fake clouds and I’d be sort of floating in the sky. It’s always fun working with Zach, who has been doing all my videos for a while, because he’s able to bring to life some of these ideas. I just wanted the video to match some of the emotions that the song brings out and I think it turned out sick.”
“Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” follows last month’s single, “I Can’t Help Myself.” The track is a love letter to those who support you. It’s a reminder that you don’t have to do it all alone and that asking for a little help can go a long way. Mokita took his inspiration and appreciation for late 90s/early 2000s pop-rock, which resulted in a sweeping soundscape that brings upon nostalgic tendencies with a flourishing, modern resonance. At the end of 2022, Mokita shared “High,” the first single off his forthcoming EP. “High” addresses compulsion and serves as a journal entry into Mokita’s own expedition of obsession. Mokita’s revitalizing beats and dynamic production offers a fresh take on dealing with this heavy and complicated subject.
Regarding his next month’s EP Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, Mokita reveals:
“The songs on this EP were written during a time where I was listening to less pop music and more folk, old country, and a bunch of different bands. One of the things I love about producing my own music is that I get to experiment with different genres and different sounds. When I first started creating music under Mokita, I felt this weird obligation to make all the music sound the same so it could have a cohesive sound; but I got really burnt out doing that and felt like I was limiting my creativity.
One of the main themes of the EP was getting comfortable in your own skin. So much of the way I’ve made music in the past is about trying to be impressive to my listeners and trying to prove something. I realized that this was stealing a lot of joy from making music. I wanted this EP to be more about making music that I liked, and that I thought people could relate to. My music is always very journalistic and so what I write can change year to year depending on where I am in my life. This year has been a lot of self-discoveries, a lot of reflection on the past, and a lot of reflecting on what the future looks like. This EP deals with doubts regarding faith, and questions about addiction, loneliness, and the desire to be known. All these songs are just a page in my journal.”
With over 4M monthly Spotify listeners across 400M+ cumulative streams, Mokita plans to build off his momentum with his Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? EP.
“Who’s Gonna Love Me Now”? is available at all digital retailers: https://mokita.ffm.to/whosgonnalovemenow
Mokita – “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?” EP Tracklist:
Nearly every morning, Mokita spills his thoughts, experiences, and memories into a journal. This practice carries over to his songwriting, giving his music the urgency and honesty of a handwritten diary entry set to a soundtrack of pop, folk, alternative, and indie. This approach has endeared the Nashville-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer aka John-Luke Carter to a growing audience as he’s generated hundreds of millions of streams and incited the applause of Billboard, Wonderland Magazine, Ones To Watch, Just Jared, and many more. Once again, he projects his story in widescreen without filter on his EP, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?
The Asheville, NC native embraced music as a kid. With mom a singer and dad a pastor (and guitar player), he went from piano at six-years-old to guitar in middle school. He studied artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, and John Mayer in addition to Top 40. Settling in Nashville post-college, he became a sought-after collaborator. As a co-writer, his catalog expanded to include “Summer Feeling” for Matoma & Jonah Kagen, “idk where i’m at rn” for Gavin Haley, and “Throwing Punches” for Chaz Cardigan, among others. Meanwhile, his presence resounded through collaborations such as “Take It Back” with Ella Vos, “Speeding Up” with Slenderbodies, “All Into Nothing” with R3HAB, and “I’m Sorry” with Stand Atlantic. Not to mention, he served up high-profile remixes for G-Eazy, Daya, Rob Thomas, and more with GOLDHOUSE. Following the 4201 EP and popular solo tracks a la “With You” and “London,” his 2019 single “Colorblind” cracked 100 million total streams.
In late 2022, Mokita unveiled his Color Me In EP, a tender body of work highlighting his powerful vocals that glide over a gentle, soulful pop resonance. Beyond the alluring sonic surfaces, there’s a deeper narrative at play, one that raises questions on the road ahead, but does not dismiss one’s own starting line. The 5-track EP has over 8M cumulative streams on Spotify. Earning support on Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, Fresh & Chill, Chill Hits, Life Sucks, and supporting artists such as slenderbodies and Augustana on tour, Mokita looks to continue to break boundaries in 2023 and beyond.