John Feldmann

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John Feldmann
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Feldmann with his Martin acoustic at Foxy Studios
Background information
Also known as Feldy
Born (1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 51)
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 1980–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website johnfeldmann.com

John William Feldmann (born June 29, 1967) is an American musician and producer. He is the lead singer/guitarist of the band Goldfinger. He is an animal rights advocate.[1]

Music[edit]

Feldmann started playing music when he was 16 after hearing Mommy's Little Monster by Social Distortion. His first band was Saratoga-based Family Crisis. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and formed a band called Electric Love Hogs where he met future Goldfinger bassist Kelly LeMieux. The Electric Love Hogs (which also included Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver and Bobby Hewitt of Orgy) were signed to Polygram in 1990 and put out one album.

Feldmann formed Goldfinger in 1994 when he met original Goldfinger bassist Simon Williams in a shoe store where they were both working. The group was signed to Mojo/Universal in 1995.

During his time as an A&R Representative for Warner Bros. Records & Maverick Records, Feldmann signed The Used, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, Showoff, City Sleeps, Story of the Year, Foxy Shazam, and Mest.

He has done production work and songwriting for The Cab, The Veronicas, Good Charlotte, Mest, The Used, Story of the Year, Ashlee Simpson, ONE OK ROCK, Hilary Duff, Goldfinger, Showoff, The Matches, Atreyu, City Sleeps, Anthony Green, Beat Union, Cute Is What We Aim For, Escape the Fate, After Midnight Project, Foxy Shazam, All Time Low, Allstar Weekend, Panic! at the Disco, Boys Like Girls, Plain White T's, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182, Black Veil Brides, Andy Black, Sleeping With Sirens, and Stick to Your Guns

Feldmann is a former A&R Consultant for Red Bull Records. He has signed Itch (of King Blues), and Beartooth. In 2016, John became the Vice President of A&R at BMG and also inked a publishing deal with the company to sign and develop new talent.[2]

Most recently he produced the seventh studio album for Blink 182 titled "California" which landed both he and the band their first Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Album". Also in July 2017 John was awarded the "Influencer" Award at the Alt Press Music Awards (APMAs).[3]

Activism[edit]

Feldmann is a vegan and vocal activist for animal rights.[4] He became a vegetarian after seeing the movie Babe in 1995.[5] He usually has animal rights material to give out at Goldfinger shows. He has spoken on behalf of the animal rights organizations PETA and Action for Animals. Feldmann has appeared in the documentary films Behind The Mask and Skin Trade. He has also appeared in the film Bold Native.

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Role Achievements
2018 State Champs Living Proof Co-Producer/Co-Writer
The Fever 333 Made An America Co-Producer/Co-Writer Top 10 Rock Radio
Mayday Parade Sunnyland Producer/Co-Writer
Black Veil Brides Vale Co-Producer/Co-Writer #1 Top Hard Rock

#14 Billboard 200

2017 Makeout The Good Life Producer/Writer
The Struts One Night Only Writer
Ded Mis•an•thrope Producer/Writer Top 10 Rock Radio
Goldfinger The Knife Producer/Writer
311 Mosaic Producer/Co-Writer Top 10 Alt Radio
One Ok Rock Ambitions Producer #1 Japan

#2 Top Hard Rock (Billboard)

2016 Blink-182 California Producer/Co-Writer RIAA Certified Gold

BPI Silver

#1 UK

#1 US

Good Charlotte Youth Authority #1 Australia
Biffy Clyro Ellipsis "Animal Style" Co-Producer/Co-writer #1 in UK
Andy Black The Shadow Side Producer/Co-writer/Vocals
2015 Disturbed Immortalized "Open Your Eyes" and "What Are You Waiting For" Producer/Co-writer #1 Billboard

RIAA Platinum

5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Good Feels Good Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #1 in 37 Countries

Platinum Worldwide

All Time Low Future Hearts Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #1 in 17 Countries

BPI Silver

Sleeping With Sirens Madness 200,000 copies sold
One Ok Rock 35XXXV #1 Japan

RIAJ Platinum

2014 Avicii The Nights Co-Writer 100,000 Copies sold
Stick to Your Guns Disobedient Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #1 Metal Album
5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer #1 8 Countries
Beartooth Disgusting Writer/A&R #2 UK Rock
The Word Alive Real. Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #4 Top Hard Rock
The Used Imaginary Enemy Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #1 Billboard Independent
We Are the In Crowd Weird Kids
Itch The Deep End A&R/Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer Double Platinum
Blitz Kids The Good Youth
2013 Makua Rothman Sound Wave Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
One Ok Rock Jinsei×Boku= Mixer RIAJ Platinum
Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #7 Billboard 200
We Came As Romans Tracing Back Roots"[6] Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #1 Top Hard Rock
Escape the Fate Ungrateful Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer #2 Top Hard Rock
Heaven's Basement Filthy Empire Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
Blitz Kids Never Die A&R/Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2012 Papa Roach The Connection Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer #2 Hard Rock Albums
Megan & Liz Bad For Me
King Blues Long Live The Struggle Producer/Mixer/Writer
The Used Vulnerable #1 US Top Independent Album
2011 Hedley Storms Writer IFPI Platinum
All Time Low Dirty Work #6 Billboard 200

#1 Billboard Top Rock

The Cab Symphony Soldier Writer/Mixer/Producer[7] #9 Top Rock Album
Attack Attack! Attack Attack! (deluxe edition) Producer, Co-writer[8][9] #6 Rock Albums
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I The Enemy Producer/Arranger/Composer/Engineer
Mixing/Programming/Vocals[10]
Get Scared Best Kind of Mess Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Composer/Programming/Vocals[11]
Allstar Weekend All the Way Producer/Mixer/Composer
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows D.R.U.G.S. A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Vocals[12][13]
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Writer #2 Alternative Albums
2010 Allstar Weekend Suddenly Yours Producer/Mixer/Composer/Vocals/Bass
Good Charlotte Cardiology Writer ARIA Gold
Four Year Strong Enemy Of The World Mixer
Foxy Shazam Foxy Shazam A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Writer
Plain White T's Wonders of the Younger Writer
Neon Trees Habits
2009 After Midnight Project Let's Build Something to Break Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Saosin In Search of Solid Ground Writer/Producer/Engineer #4 US Billboard Alternative Albums
Hedley The Show Must Go Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer IFPI 2x Platinum
2008 Anthony Green Avalon Writer/Producer/Mixer
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer #2 US Top Independent Albums
Cute is What We Aim For Rotation
Josephine Collective We Are the Air A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2007 The Veronicas Hook Me Up Writer/Producer/Mixer ARIA Platinum
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor Producer/Engineer RIAA Gold

#1 Rock Album

#1 Alternative Album

The Used Lies for the Liars Producer/Engineer #3 Canadian Album

#5 US Billboard

City Sleeps Not An Angel A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2006 The Matches Decomposer Co-Producer
2005 Hilary Duff Most Wanted Writer/Producer #1 Billboard 200

#1 Canada

2004 The Used In Love and Death Producer/Engineer/Mixer RIAA Gold

BPI Silver

#6 Billboard

Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death Writer RIAA Platinum

ARIA Platinum

BPI Gold

Ashlee Simpson Autobiography
2003 The Used Maybe Memories Writer/Producer/Mixer
Goldfinger Open Your Eyes Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer 1 Millions Copies Sold
Story of the Year Page Avenue A&R/Writer/Producer/Mixer RIAA Gold
2002 The Used The Used A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Good Charlotte The Young and the Hopeless Writer RIAA 3x Platinum

BPI Platinum

IFPI 2x Platinum

Goldfinger Open Your Eyes A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer 1 Million Copies Sold
2001 Mest Destination Unknown Producer/Mixer
2000 Wasting Time A&R/Producer/Mixer
Goldfinger Stomping Ground Writer/Producer
1999 Showoff Showoff A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Goldfinger Darrin's Coconut Ass: Live Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1997 Hang-Ups Writer/Producer
1996 Goldfinger 500,000 Copies Sold
Reel Big Fish Turn the Radio Off A&R 1 Million Copies Sold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith, Shannon. Behind the Mask, Uncaged Films, 2006.
  2. ^ https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/160719/bmg-signs-grammy-nominated-blink-182-producer-john
  3. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/john_feldmann_influencer_award_2017_apmas
  4. ^ Obert, Alex (August 22, 2014). "On The Line with John Feldmann of Goldfinger". Journey of a Frontman. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Friedman, David. "Take notice: Goldfinger's back". NewsTimes. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "We Came As Romans Detail New Album "Tracing Back Roots"". The PRP. May 20, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Official Twitter of Alexander DeLeon". May 18, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Which tracks did Feldmann produce?". Formspring.me. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  9. ^ "Why'd you guys decide to record with John Feldman this time instead of Joey Sturgis?". Formspring.me. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  10. ^ "Am I the Enemy? - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus". AllMusic. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Best Kind of Mess - Get Scared". AllMusic. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  12. ^ "Alternative Press | News | D.R.U.G.S. post first studio update". Altpress.com. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  13. ^ "D.R.U.G.S. - Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows". AllMusic. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 

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