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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: November 2011

John Schirmer Featured in November 2011 Issue of Mix Magazine

Through most of 2010 and completing in April of 2011, John Schirmer designed and assisted in the building of Keb Mo’s Nashville based Stu Stu Studio’s. A private 2900sq foot recording studio at Keb’s home in Franklin, TN.

Mix magazine got a hold of the details and reached out to John to interview him for an article for their November 2011 issue. John is both proud and excited with being featured in Mix Magazine and with the completion of Keb’s studio.”You have really knocked this one out of the park John”-Keb Mo.

Please follow this link to the article and enjoy.

Keep checking back with for pictures of the finished studio coming soon.

Keb Mo to Release ‘Spirit Of The Holiday’ October 24, 2011

On October 24, 2011 Keb Mo will release ‘The Spirit of the Holiday’. A four song Christmas EP that was produced by Keb Mo and engineered and mixed by John Schirmer. ‘The Spirit of the Holiday’ will initially be released under the Yolabelle International/Ryko label brand and released exclusively to iTunes. ‘The Spirit of the Holidays’ will later be release as a CD closer to Christmas.

As always John and Twelve Tone Music are grateful for Keb Mo’s trust in John and his studio with the handling of the great songs on this record and we wish him the best of luck and a Happy Holiday.

John Schirmer and Twelve Tone Music to Co-Produce and Mix, Nashville Up and Comer, Casey Wasner

Recently I have been approached by Nashville Songwriter and friend Casey Wasner with the proposition of co-producing and mixing his debut record. I of course was excited by the proposition and jumped at the opportunity to help a friend and one of Nashville’s brightest stars.

Casey has made the decision to sign on for all the services that Twelve Tone Music has to offer him. Not only will I co-produce and mix his record but the rest of the Twelve Tone staff will assist in developing an image and product that will completely present Casey in his best possible image and sound.

Meghan Aileen of Meghan Aileen Studios will be working directly with Casey to develop a concept for Casey’s album design, as well as his website. Meghan will play a very big role in the representation of Casey’s upcoming release.

We all look forward greatly and are completely appreciative of the work that we have been offered by this young talent. Keep your eyes open as we anticipate a early Spring 2012 release for Casey’s record.

Check Casey out at and keep looking for his new website.

Keb Mo ‘The Reflection’ Tour 2011

This past August, Keb Mo and his band embarked on a world tour in support of his new album ‘The Reflection’. As always John Schirmer is in tow acting as Keb’s longtime Production Manager and Front Of House Engineer.

John and Keb can be found overseas in Europe at the moment playing such countries as Germany, Switzerland, Holland, London and Austria. The European leg of ‘The Reflection’ tour ends on November 8th as Keb and the band return from Europe to embark on the Northwest leg of their tour of the States. The Northwest leg will be in direct support of Keb Mo’s new record and his new Christmas EP entitled ‘The Spirit of the Holiday’.

John has an extremely busy end of 2011 ahead of him with touring and studio projects still to be completed before we ring in the new year. “It’s an exciting time and I really look forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for me and Twelve Tone Music.”