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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: December 2009

It’s A Family Affair at Henson Studios

gallery_stdcontrol_02On December 15th, 2009 Keb’ Mo’ and myself were invited down to Henson Studios (aka..A&M Studios) in Hollywood, Ca to track two songs for an upcoming release for Concord Records called ‘Sting Theory.’

String Theory is being produced by legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour and Concord Records John Burk. Keb’ was asked to track two songs for ‘String Theory’, his own ‘Am I Wrong’ and B.B Kings ‘Why I Sing the Blues’. Joining Keb’ as players on this session were Nathan East on Bass, Lee Ritenour on Guitar, Harvey Mason on Drums and Larry Goldings on Keyboards and Piano.

Once again this was one of those historic can’t miss sessions for myself and Twelve Tone Music, as well as Keb’ Mo’. And from both organizations we wish Lee, John and ‘String Theory’ the best success.

38 Shows in 49 Days as Keb’ Mo’ Covers Over 5000 Miles of U.S. Landscape.

imagesAfter 2 months of straight touring and 38 shows, I finally touch down in my home of Santa Clarita, Ca just in time for Thanksgiving with the family.

The Keb’ Mo’ band and crew really put themselves out there for this tour in support of Keb’s new record Live and Mo’. The tour started in New Hampshire on October 15th and ended in Portland, Or on November 24th. Keb’, the band and crew alike, brought a new level of performance to the Keb’ Mo’ organization and to Keb’s fans. Every aspect of this tour was a major success and yet again I was happy to be a part of it.

A big heart felt thanks goes out to my crew for helping make this one of the most successful tours of years past for Keb’ Mo’ and his fans.

And once again I tracked the whole tour to Pro Tools HD, so keep your ears and eyes open for another Keb’ Mo’ live release this spring.