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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.”


Monthly Archives: September 2009

Nashville and Vince Gill Make Keb’ and I Feel Right at Home.

nashville_47On August 18th Keb’ and myself traveled to Nashville to do some tracking and gain a little perspective. Joining us on our trip were our wives and families, a welcomed change for Keb’ and myself, being that we are on the road quite a bit, and so often away from them.

The first day of our trip we went to House of Blues Studios, Nashville to do some vocal and mandolin overdubs with legendary Country Artist Vince Gill, for Keb’s upcoming record release (Spring 2010). Tracking went very well and working with Vince and Keb’ in the studio was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career.

As if having two heavy hitters like Keb’ and Vince  in the studio wasn’t enough, while the session rolled on, the HOB doors became revolving doors for a number of Nashville locals who wanted to stop in and say hello. Locals like legendary Country Producer Tony Brown, Multi Platinum and Award winning songwriter Gary Nicholson, and the incomparable Wynonna Judd.

This was truly a magical session and in a work environment I have never felt such apart of a giant family as all of these Nashvillians made Keb’ and I feel. A big thanks has to go out to both Mike and Ted at HOB for making us fell so at home in their studio and providing us with a professional environment. And a heart filled thanks goes out to the warm welcome we received from everyone while on our trip.

Please check out my Photo Gallery from this trip, I think you will enjoy it.