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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.”

Category Archives: Recent Projects

This is where you will find info on past and present projects that I am, or have been a part of.

Rolling Stone Exclusively Streaming Keb Mo’s ‘The Whole Enchilada’

Rolling Stone has begun streaming ‘The Whole Enchilada’, the first single off of Keb’ Mo’s new release ‘The Reflection’. ‘The Reflection is due to hit stores and all digital outlets on August 2, 2011. Please go to Rolling Stones website and check out the new single by following this link: ‘The Whole Enchilada’ by Keb Mo.

Keb Mo ‘The Reflection’ Due August 2, 2011

On August 2, 2011 Keb Mo will release his much anticipated new studio album ‘The Reflection’ on Ryko/Yolabelle International.

Keb’s new record was engineered and mixed by Twelve Tone Music’s John Schirmer. John is extremely excited for this release as well as the collaboration between Ryko and Yolabelle International. “I believe that this partnership between the two labels will usher in a new way of producing and releasing Yolabelle’s artists for the future. It is a very exciting time around here for both Twelve Tone Music and Yolabelle International.

Below is the announcement straight from Ryko’s website about Keb’s record and the new partnership:

We couldn’t be more excited to announce and welcome Keb Mo to the Ryko family! For those of you who don’t know him (and you definitely should!) Keb’s name is Kevin Moore – a three time Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist who crafts undeniable blues/r&b songs. He’ll be starting his very own label with us called Yolabelle International, and will release his newest album titled The Reflection on Tuesday August 2nd – his first studio release since 2006!

And what’s more, Keb is the total package when it comes to music & entertainment – his music has made numerous appearances in film and television, most notably in Martin Scorcese’s PBS Special Feel Like Going Home, the concert documentary Lightning in a Bottle, and more. Currently, Keb is the composer for TNT’s hit series Memphis Beat, performs the show’s theme song, and will be acting in an episode come June 15! There will be lots more from Keb Mo coming in the next few months…so be sure to check back here and also visit for all information.

Mike and Molly, Televisions new #1 Comedy is Music To Our Ears.

If you watch CBS’s new fall comedy Mike and Molly on Monday nights at 9:30PM eastern, you may hear something quite familure, The music of Keb’ Mo’. Riding on the success from scoring the music for TNT’s Memphis Beat, Keb’ Mo’ signed on to score the music for Producer Chuck Lorre’s (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Therory and Dharma and Greg) new hit sitcom Mike and Molly.

Once again Keb’ Mo’ has enlisted John Schirmer to track, edit and mix his compositions for Mike and Molly. John is extremely pleased to be a part of such a successful endeavor and greatly looks forward to adding great compositions to Mike and Molly week after week. “Television is a new path for Keb’ and myself, that we both feel is challenging and equally rewarding. I look forward to going to the studio every morning and laughing my butt off. This show is really funny and the music is great.”

Please support Mike and Molly and help keep Mike and Molly Americas #1 comedy.

Mike and Molly, Monday nights on CBS. (Check local listings.)

Keb’ Mo’ Produces Track for New David Bromberg Record

Keb’ Mo’, assisted by his engineer John Schirmer entered into Bias Studios in Sprinfield, Va last week to produce a Keb’ Mo’ and Gary Nicholson written track for David Brombergs upcoming record.

It was one of those days that I will remember forever and that I will look back on as I recollect the years gone by and think to myself “Boy was I glad to be a part of that session.”

As always a heart felt thanks goes out to Bias for being so accommodating, and to David for being so open minded. Also I would like to thank David’s engineer Mark for letting me do what I do for Keb’ and allowing me to play such a big role in the life of this track.

What a fun session and what a great end to a pretty fantastic summer.

Twelve Tone Music Helps Country Legend – Lee Roy Parnell

Twelve Tone Music has recently taken on a new client in country music legend Lee Roy Parnell. Lee Roy a Nashville resident has been wanting to update his studio to Pro Tools HD for sometime now and has reached out to John Schirmer and Twelve Tone Music to help make the transition as seemless as possible. John and Lee Roy have spent a number of hours talking business and even a few more hours talking life and love, it seems like these two souls share more then just a love of music and technology.

Twelve Tone Music and John are extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible artist and human being. We are looking forward to building a relationship both professionally and personally that we hope will last for quite some time. Please keep checking back for more details.