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John Schirmer - Artist and Tour Management, Producer, Mixer

“You don’t grow up in the rich musical melting pot that is New Jersey, without soaking up some of it’s musical heritage.”


2011 Grammy nominated Producer, Engineer and Mixer, John Schirmer grew out of the very seed planted by the Garden States musical royalty. Artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Les Paul, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, George Clinton and William “Count” Basie left behind an indelible imprint within the soil that makes up the Garden State. An Imprint that would inspire for decades, young musicians to break free of their meager beginnings and search for something better, something more musical.


For the last seventeen years John Schirmer has strived to obtain nothing less than something better, something more musical. Cumulating his expectations into a personal journey that has afforded John the opportunity to tour the world with major label and independent artists.


As a Producer, FOH and Studio Mixer, Tracking Engineer, Production and Tour Manager, John has had the opportunity to develop an insiders perspective of the people and places that make up the fabric of the entertainment industry. This is a privilege that John does not take lightly. John believes that his experiences with both live and studio artists , and his interactions with the artists label and management on the road and behind the glass, allow him to meld both the live and studio enviroments into one unique perspective that brings out the best in his artists. Both on the road and in the studio John uses his insight, experience and contacts to facilitate an interaction between artists and environment, that is both positive and creative, and always capable of delivering the best possible performances.


“If the vibe and the energy are just right, the feel of the music will be undeniable.”


Over the last six years, John has worked almost exclusively with three time Grammy winning Songwriter and Artist Keb Mo. John and Keb Mo have established a professional and personal relationship like none other within the music industry.


 “John Schirmer is my right hand man, he is the Holland to my Dozier.” -Keb Mo


John has taken on multiple roles within the Keb Mo organization, roles that have become mutually beneficial to Keb Mo and to the artists outside of the Keb Mo organization that John has had the privilege to work with. For the last six years with Keb Mo, John has filled the role of Tracking Engineer and Mixer (Live & Mo, The Reflection, The Reflection Acoustic EP, The Christmas EP), FOH Engineer, Tour Manager and Production Manager for every tour  Keb Mo has done since 2006’s ‘Suitcase” tour. John designed and equipped Keb Mo’s Nashville based, 2000 square foot Stu Stu Studio, where Keb Mo and John work tirelessly producing, engineering and mixing artists records for Keb Mo’s label Yolabelle International, as well as scores for the multitude of television shows that Keb Mo composes for. (Mike and Molly; CBS, Memphis Beat; TNT and Are you There God it’s Me Vodka; Comedy Central)


Outside of his relationship with Keb Mo, John, through the years has had the esteemed privilege to work with some of the most talented artists in the entertainment industry. Just some of the Artists, John has been able to call clients, colleagues and most importantly friends include:


Keb Mo, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Angelique Kidjo, The Black Eyed Peas, Vince Gill, Lee Roy Parnell, Gary Nicholson, Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller, Coco Montoya, Melissa Manchester, Playing for Change, Drag Pipe, Monster Magnet, Ween, Reach 454, Nicole Atkins, The Roots, Thelonious Monk Jr., Kirk franklin, Rebecca St. James and India. Arie.


Just as my predecessors from the great Garden State of New Jersey, I live for the moment the lights go down and the bass rolls across the floor. These are the moments that define me, the moments that I anxiously await waking to each and everyday. My life is based around watching V.U. meters and riding faders. Music is my life and it defines me.”


Mixing Completed for Ronnie Baker Brooks EP

John Schirmer recently wrapped up the mixes for Ronnie Baker Brooks upcoming EP. John mixing out of Twelve Tone Music Studios in Franklin, Tennessee had this to say about the RBB experience: “Ronnie is one of my closeest friends and I am so grateful that he trusted me to mix this project for him. I have heard that the tracks I mixed for him will also be released around the same time as a full length album he cut with producer Steve Jordan. Really looking forward to seeing the release of these projects.”

Looks like big things are happening for RBB and as always John and Twelve Tone Music are excited to be a part of it.

John Schirmer added as Panelist at 2012’s Mix Nashville

The 4th Annual Mix Nashville kicked off Audio Week in Music City, welcoming more than 400 engineers, producers, musicians and students on May 15-16 to Soundcheck Nashville for two days of expert panels and pro audio exhibits.

John was asked to be a panelist on a panel about treating your studio and mixing room to create the best possible monitoring environment. John was joined on the panel by industry veterans Gary Hedden and Carl Tatz. “I have to say it was kind of intimidating being on a panel with two industry heavy weights such as Gary and Carl, but together I feel we presented the attendees of Mix Nashville with some really useful information on how to create a desirable listening space in their work environments.”

Ronnie Baker Brooks Cuts New Record @ STU STU Studios

The ever so talented Ronnie Baker Broooks came to Nashville in April with his band to begin tracking for his new record due out in October. Ronnie cut five songs at Keb Mo’s Stu Stu Studios in Nashville over two days. The record is being produced by Keb Mo and engineered and mixed by Twelve Tone Music’s John Schirmer.

Twelve Tone Music, Keb Mo and Ronnie Baker Brooks have a long standing relationship and all involved are excited to have the opportunity to be working so closely together on this new endeavor in Ronnie’s career.

Keep your ears open for some new music from Ronnie Baker Brooks coming your way in the Fall of 2012.

Keb Mo Europe 2012

The time has come yet again for Keb Mo and Twelve Tone Music to hit the road. This summer Keb Mo will be heading to Europe in July for a month of heavy touring within the countries of Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France and the UK.

Heading up Keb Mo’s current European tour will once again be Twelve Tone Music’s own John Schirmer. John aside from his usual duties of Front of House Engineer and Production Manager will will also be taking on the role of  Tour Manager for the extent of Keb’s tour. Over the last 6 years John has been the acting Tour Manager for all of Keb Mo’s solo shows throughout the world and in 2012 John has excepted the position of Tour Manager for all of Keb Mo’s band shows as well.

John is very excited at the opportunity to step into the role of Tour Manager for such a greatly talented organization and John feels that the decision to take on the Tour Manager role was just a natural progression within his position in the Keb Mo organization.

Twelve Tone Music wishes both John and Keb, the best of luck in there travels and we hope for a quick and safe return to the States.

Keb Mo’s 2011 Grammy Nominated Record ‘The Relection’

Twelve Tone Music and John Schirmer would like to congratulate Keb Mo on his recent nomination for a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album.

It’s been said on the Twelve Tone Music site before, just how proud we at Twelve Tone Music are of Keb’s and John’s work on ‘The Reflection’. And we know that John feels extremely privileged to have worked on such a great record and with such a great artist. “Becoming a Grammy nominated engineer and mixer has always been a dream of mine and I couldn’t have asked to reach that dream with anyone else at the moment.”

Congrats and the best of luck to Keb Mo and John Schirmer. Nice work boys.