Alain Johannes

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Alain Johannes
Johannes in 2018
Johannes in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlain Johannes Mociulski
Born (1962-05-02) May 2, 1962 (age 60)
Santiago, Chile
GenresAlternative rock, blues rock, experimental rock, hard rock, electronic
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer, recording engineer
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1980s–present
LabelsMCA, Interscope, Rekords Rekords, Sire, Ipecac

Alain Johannes Mociulski (born May 2, 1962) is a Chilean-American multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, whose primary instruments are guitar and bass. He is a founding member of several bands, including the alternative rock group Eleven, and has been involved with acts such as hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, PJ Harvey, Chris Cornell, Arctic Monkeys, Mark Lanegan and The Desert Sessions, both as a musician and as a producer.

Alain Johannes is nephew of Chilean nueva ola musician Peter Rock.[1] He was born in Santiago de Chile.[2] He was married to Natasha Shneider from 1987 until her death in 2008.


In his teen years, Johannes formed the band Chain Reaction (later Anthym) with Hillel Slovak, Todd Strassman, and Jack Irons.[3] This band was later renamed What Is This. Todd Strassman was replaced by Flea, who was replaced, upon leaving the band, by Chris Hutchinson.

In 1987, Johannes and Natasha Shneider released the album Walk the Moon under the MCA label. Reportedly, Chris Hutchinson and Jack Irons played on some of its tracks.

Eleven was formed in 1990 and released their debut album Awake in a Dream in 1991, which included the pop based singles "Rainbows End" and "All Together". They followed this with regular releases Eleven in 1993, Thunk! in 1995, Avantgardedog in 2000, and Howling Book in 2003.

Johannes was the only other contributor on the 1996 debut album by Jason Falkner, Jason Falkner Presents Author Unknown. He was also a significant contributor to Chris Cornell's 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning as a guitarist, writer and producer. He also toured as part of Chris Cornell's band in support of this album. He mixed and played on Jack Irons' first solo record, Attention Dimension, released in 2004, and he co-wrote on Danish stoner rock outfit The Royal Highness.[4]

In 2005, he joined Queens of the Stone Age to play guitar as well as bass on Lullabies to Paralyze. He had previously guested on Lullabies' predecessor, Songs for the Deaf, having also co-written the track "Hanging Tree" during one of The Desert Sessions. He would participate in the tour for the album and appears on the live DVD, Over the Years and Through the Woods in the main concert. Johannes once again contributed a main role to Lullabies' follow up, Era Vulgaris, but he opted to concentrate on Eleven with Natasha Shneider, and the pair bowed out of touring before the album's promotion started.

In 2007, Johannes became a part of Brody Dalle's post-Distillers effort, Spinnerette.[5]

In August 2009, he joined Them Crooked Vultures, with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones. Johannes contributed guitar, bass, keyboards, and backing vocals on their 2009–2010 tour, often playing his own solo guitar section during the set.

In late 2008, a song he co-wrote with Shneider, Time for Miracles, was recorded by Adam Lambert and used in the movie 2012.

On October 5, 2010, he released his solo debut album Spark, a tribute to the late Natasha Shneider.

On September 5, 2012, Jimmy Eat World announced that he would be a producer/engineer on their 8th studio album.[6]

In 2013, he became a player in Dave Grohl's Sound City Players project, writing and recording a song for the album, and playing a major role in the live performances.

On November 11, 2014, he released his second solo album, Fragments and Wholes Vol. 1, drawing inspiration from the death of his parents as well as that of Natasha Shneider.[7]

Johannes began working with PJ Harvey in 2014. From 2016 to 2017, Johannes was a part of PJ Harvey's touring ensemble for her world tour in support of her album The Hope Six Demolition Project. He also played on the album itself.

In 2015, he was the producer of K's Choice album The Phantom Cowboy, [8] and Edith Crash's Partir.[9]

In 2016, he composed and performed the soundtrack for the Ubisoft game, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.[10]

In 2020, his third solo record Hum was released on Ipecac Records to favorable critical reviews [11]

On September 3, 2022, Them Crooked Vultures reunited for a performance at Wembley Stadium in honour of Foo Fighters' late drummer Taylor Hawkins and again on September 27, 2022 at the KIA Forum for the second tribute show.

Selected discography[edit]

Throughout his career Johannes has worked with a wide range of artists and bands in various genres as a musician, record engineer and producer.[12]

Band or artist Album Year Credits
Addie Brik Wattsland (EP) 1984 Vocals, guitar, production
What Is This Squeezed (EP) Vocals, guitar
What Is This What Is This 1985 Vocals, guitar
What Is This 3 Out of 5 Live (EP)
Thelonious Monster Baby, You're Bummin' My Life Out in a Supreme Fashion 1986 Flute, saxophone
Walk the Moon Walk the Moon 1987 Vocals, guitar, saxophone, programming, percussion, e-bow
Eleven Awake In A Dream 1991 Guitar
Sun 60 Only 1993
Melissa Ferrick Massive Blur
Eleven Eleven Guitar, vocals
Eleven Thunk 1995 Guitar, percussion, horn, sitar
Jason Falkner Presents Author Unknown 1996 Guitar
Gouds Thumb Gouds Thumb
Dalbello Whore
Chris Cornell Euphoria Morning 1999 Guitar, bass, backing vocals, theremin, mandolin, clarinet, tabla, production, mixing
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R 2000 Mixing
Eleven Avantgardedog Guitar, vocals, producer, engineer
No Doubt Return of Saturn Recording
The Desert Sessions Volume 7 & 8 2001 Guitar, fiddle, harmonium, saxophone, vocals, clavinet, udu, mixing
Live V Sitar, production
No Doubt Rock Steady 2002 Additional engineer
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf Organ, piano, guitar, theremin, lap steel guitar
UNKLE Never, Never, Land 2003 Remixing
Matt Costa Matt Costa (EP) Mastering
The Desert Sessions Volume 9 & 10 Guitar, bass, flute, vocals, mandolin, e-bow, keyboard
Mondo Generator A Drug Problem That Never Existed Engineer, mixing, mastering
Eleven Howling Book Guitar, vocals
Mark Lanegan Band Bubblegum 2004 Guitar, bass, drums, organ, keyboards, vocals, mixing, production
Sugarcult Palm Trees and Power Lines Additional guitar
Jack Irons Attention Dimension Banjo, flute, guitar, saxophone, vocals, sarod, engineer, mixing, marxophone, santoor
Janubia[13] Mother Tongue Mixing, mastering, additional instrumentation
Masters of Reality Give Us Barabbas Editing
Eagles of Death Metal Peace Love Death Metal Piano, vocals, engineering, mastering, mixing
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze 2005 Bass, guitar, flute, marxophone
Queens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the Woods Bass, guitar, backing vocals
Millionaire Paradisiac Mixing, recording
Eagles of Death Metal Death by Sexy 2006 Mixing
Wires on Fire Wires on Fire Saxophone, mixing, mastering, engineering
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris 2007 Bass, guitar, fiddle, marxophone, mixing
Silverchair Young Modern Slide guitar
Hilary Duff Dignity Mixing
Puscifer V is for Vagina Guitar
Spinnerette Ghetto Love (EP) 2008 Bass
Eagles of Death Metal Heart On Horn, engineer
The Gutter Twins Saturnalia Recording
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted 2009 Guitar
Nosfell Nosfell Producing, mixing, guitar, marxophone, bass, cigfiddle
Spinnerette Spinnerette Production, mixing, engineer, bass, guitar, cigfiddle
Arctic Monkeys Humbug Engineering
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures Recording, backing vocals
Alain Johannes Spark 2010 Recording, producing, mixing, guitars, vocals, bass
Manna Shackles 2011 Producer
Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral 2012 Producing, engineering, mixing, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Sound City Reel to Real (soundtrack) 2013 Bass, vocals on "Your Wife is Calling"; guitar on "Centipede"; vocals, guitars on "A Trick With No Sleeve"
Loading Data Double Disco Animal Style Producer, backing vocals, drums, keyboards, bass, guitars
Jimmy Eat World Damage Producer
Brody Dalle Diploid Love 2014 Co-producer, guitars, bass, piano, trumpet, mellotron, slide guitars
Alain Johannes Fragments & Wholes, Vol. 1 Recording, producing, mixing, guitars, vocals, bass
K's Choice The Phantom Cowboy 2015 Producer
Kazuya Yoshii "Chōzetsu Dynamic!" Guitar
Edith Crash Partir Producer
Kensico White Sage 2015 Guitars, e-bow, cigar box, percussions, recording
PJ Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project 2016 Guitar, handclapping, keyboards, percussion, saxophone, vocals (background)
Alain Johannes Ghost Recon Wildlands OST itaru
Mark Lanegan Band Gargoyle 2017 Producer, co-writer, keyboards, guitar, bass, mellotron, synthesizer, percussion, e-bow, vocals (background)
Garry Pitcairn The Gospel 2019 Mixing, mastering
Aurelia Sharp Words 2019 Producer, mixer, guitar, bass, cigar box guitar, keyboards, percussion, e-bow
Big Scenic Nowhere Vision Beyond Horizon 2020 Co-writer, guitar, vocals
Patrón Patrón 2020 Producer, engineer, mixer, keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals (background)
Alain Johannes Hum 2020 Producer


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  2. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Archived from the original on July 20, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock : Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion. San Francisco: Miller Freeman, Inc. p. 718. ISBN 978-0-87930-607-6.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Brody Dalle announces new band | News". March 27, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Twitter / jimmyeatworld: Today we begin our 1st full ..." Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Heartbreak leads Alain Johannes to 'Fragments and Wholes' | News". January 13, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "K's Choice - The Phantom Cowboy". Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Edith Crash - Partir". Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  10. ^ "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands: The Music Of The Wildlands - Alain Johannes". Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "Critic Reviews for Hum - Alain Johannes". Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  12. ^ "Alain Johannes | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
  13. ^ "Janubia,Mother Tongue,Official Website,world music, cd". Retrieved July 16, 2014.

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