John King (record producer)

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John King, also known as "King Gizmo", is a music producer and one-half of the Los Angeles-based duo the Dust Brothers.[1] As the Dust Brothers, King and Michael "E.Z. Mike" Simpson were noted for their dense sample-based music, notably on the Beastie Boys' 1989 album Paul's Boutique, and later in 1996 with Beck's Odelay.

King teamed with Medeski Martin & Wood to create their 2004 album End of the World Party (Just in Case). King also worked with Garbage for their 2005 album, Bleed Like Me; his production work on "Bad Boyfriend" would make the album, but a change in direction left his production of "It's All Over But The Crying" vetoed and later reworked. Another track, "Space Can Come Through Anyone", was later released as a b-side.

He has also worked with Tenacious D. The Dust Brothers produced their 2002 release, D Fun Pak, and King would return to produce the band's follow-up and soundtrack to their 2006 film, The Pick of Destiny, for which he also wrote the instrumental score.

In 2007, King received an Annie Award (the highest honor given for excellence in animation) for Best Music in an Animated Television Production for his work on the Shorty McShorts' Shorts “Boyz on Da Run Part 1” (created by Rob Reger and Brian Brooks)– Walt Disney Television Animation

In 2008, King received a Grammy for his production work on Steve Earle album, Washington Square Serenade, which was awarded Best Contemporary Folk / Americana album.

King recently completed producing the upcoming album for Young Love.


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: The Dust Brothers". AMG. Retrieved 14 May 2010.