Andy Stochansky

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Andy Stochansky
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Andy Stochansky is a musician and songwriter[1] living in Los Angeles.

Early years[edit]

He first started out as a drummer in the Canadian music scene. His popularity caught the attention of Ani DiFranco living just south of the border in Buffalo, New York. She asked him to not only record on her albums but also be her touring co-pilot. After 7 years of touring around the world, they parted ways and Andy decided to change his musical direction.

Solo recording career[edit]

He switched instruments, taking up guitar and piano, and released his solo debut album, RadioFusebox. The response to "Fusebox" was immediate. Music pundits everywhere were calling it one of the best CDs of the year. Joan Anderman from the Boston Globe called him "the best thing at SXSW" and David Byrne from the Talking Heads was quoted as saying he was a fan. "The press was so amazing but I wanted to switch gears and make a pop or a rock record, something definitely different. The day after my final Fusebox Tour show, I started writing something on the long drive home that would set me on course for the next few years. I wanted something with hook. I wanted feel good music. I wanted something which made people move, so I wrote Stutter and that opened the flood gates". He quickly had 25 new songs and wanted to let anyone hear them. He was approached by an independent promoter in California who wanted to know if he would play 6 shows in and around Los Angeles. On the second night of that tour in Los Angeles, Stochansky was approached by 3 different record companies, all wanting to sign him. One of the companies was RCA Victor.

RadioFusebox by Andy Stochansky would win the 2000 Canadian Juno Award for Best Album Design (Michael Wrycraft - Creative Director).

In the summer of 2001, 5 Star Motel was released. Two songs, "Wonderful (It's Superman)" and "Stutter," received considerable radio attention. Stochansky kept writing: "Anywhere, anytime I would have the guitar in my hands or steal away with headphones and mini keyboard I was truly addicted". 5 Star Motel was produced by Tom Rothrock, but Stochansky chose Goo Goo Dolls frontman Johnny Rzeznik to produce his follow-up album, 100.

Even though Andy's new cd 100 was completed and mastered, a restructuring of the RCA record company, along with the firing of the very people who signed him, put Stochansky out on his own. The first would-be single from 100, entitled "Shine," was covered by Australian artist Shannon Noll. The song was a hit immediately and holds the record for most weeks at Number One on the Australian Airplay Chart.[citation needed] A second single, "House of Gold", received radio success for Stochansky himself when released in Canada on Canadian independent label Linus. Shannon would have another Top 10 single again the following year when he covered "Loud" another Andy song from the same 100 CD.

White Elephant Orchestra[edit]

After many years of working with other people, he has decided to once again forge ahead on his own. Recorded under the name "White Elephant Orchestra", an album of new material is expected soon.

Writing career[edit]

Andy is also a writer and producer for and with other artists.

His writing highlights have included;

  • "Northern Lights" a song chosen for the Twilight Breaking Dawn (film / soundtrack) performed by Cider Sky.
  • "The Best" (feat Dragonette) - first worldwide single for Lenno (Casablanca / Universal)
  • "Hyper Love"" single for Ferry Corsten on "Flashover Recordings" – Billboard Dance Top 10
  • "Everybody Feeling Something" single, "Your Only Love" Marlon Roudette (Columbia Records U.S.)
  • "Shine"Shannon Noll ( 11 consecutive weeks at Number One on the Australian Airplay Chart – a record that still remains today).
  • "Midnight Girl" and "Great Bright Morning" recorded by Casey Abrams (Concord Music Group)
  • "Bulletproof Angel" – Goo Goo Dolls from 2013 album called "Magnetic"



  1. ^ Seida, Linda. "Biography: Andy Stochansky". Allmusic. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "Andy Stochansky". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-01.

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