In 1972 John met Adrian Smith and Dave Murray (who later became members of Iron Maiden) and formed the band Stone Free. Their first gigs were at John’s school, and they went on to win a few local talent competitions.
In 1974 Dave left Stone Free. Adrian and John met up with guitarist Maurice Coyne and together they formed Evil Ways, recruiting Barry Tyler as drummer. After gigging around local pubs and a residency in The Earl Amhurst PH in Hackney, they decided that they needed a singer/front man and recruited Dubliner Dave Hall. Evil Ways played regularly at most of the well known London venues, and in August 1976 were signed by Nomis/Morgan, (owned by Simon Napier Bell, who later managed Japan and Wham), who changed the band's name to Urchin, and got them a contract with DJM Records. Urchin went into a recording studio in London's Tin Pan Alley (Denmark Street) and recorded their first single Without Love by Dave Hall; the B side was Rocka Rolla, the Judas Priest song. This was never released. In early 1977, John left the band and was replaced by Alan Levett.
John went on to form a new band called Headlights with Paul Tottman (drums), Jim Francis (guitar) and Rob Brown (keyboards). They played the London pub circuit and around the south coast until 1980, when the band split up.
In 1984 John went to drama school where he met Kevin Squelch and Barry Shannon and formed Operating Theatre Company (OTC). The company performed many shows in the two venues they ran - The Copper Theatre Club on Tower Bridge Road, London and The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar in Islington, London. OTC also won two major awards for new works - The LWT Plays on Stage Award in 1988 for The Harlot’s curse written by Rodney Archer and Powell Jones; and the Guinness/Royal National Theatre Festival Award for Roberto Calvi is Alive and Well written by Roy Smiles. From 1992 to 1994 John acted in several professional stage shows, including several number one UK tours. He also appeared in the stage production of Alfie, starring 60s pop star Adam Faith, at Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End in 1993.
John has acted extensively on television, and has appeared in Allo Allo, Miss Marple, Love Hurts, Journey’s End. He also played the lead in a series of underwater commercials for Taunton Dry Blackthorn Cider.
In 2008 he wrote and directed his first short film Theatre of Souls which was shot on s16mm and was shown at the Cannes film festival that year.
John along with his colleague Kevin Squelch run their own film production company Operating productions, on their Web Site you can see their other short films Apparently and in the film Incy Wincy Spider they play the two characters Kelly and Donald.
In 2009 John played "Josh" in the feature film Heathen, which went out on release, and played "Brian", the romantic lead, in the feature film Jen, with Danielle Ryan, which has been entered into the Sundance Film Festival, (2011) and is due to go on release in late 2011.
2012/13 sees John in a number of productions at The Riverside Studios London and The Soho Theatre London.
2014 sees the release of two feature films in which John plays leading roles - Mr Hamilton in Pounce, a Sci-Fi Horror, and Vincent in Money, a South London gangland film. 2014 also see him playing the part of Sukeruk in the world premiere of The Curing Room by David Ian Lee, at The Pleasance Theatre in London and Edinburgh, directed by Joao de Sousa Joao de Sousa,
John has twenty-nine short films uploaded to his YouTube page - johnhoye1.
John is married to Mary, (a daughter of George Kalmus), and they have two daughters.