John Mitchell (musician)

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John Mitchell
Mitchell in Outhouse Studios
Background information
Born (1973-06-21) 21 June 1973 (age 45)
Genres Neo-Progressive rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Music producer, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, violin
Associated acts It Bites, Arena, Frost*, Kino, A, The Urbane, Lonely Robot.

John Mitchell (born 21 June 1973) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer.

A multi-instrumentalist who predominantly sings and plays guitar, Mitchell is best known as the current frontman for British prog-pop band It Bites (having replaced original singer and guitarist Francis Dunnery in 2006).[1] Mitchell has also played guitar for a number of other progressive rock bands including Arena, The Urbane, Kino, Frost*, and the John Wetton band. In 2008, Mitchell was drafted in to join A,[2] playing bass in place of original bass player Daniel P. Carter to support The Wildhearts on their December UK tour, as well as a ten-date headline tour in 2009. In 2012, Mitchell toured with Martin Barre in his band "New Day", singing lead vocals on many of the Jethro Tull songs.[3]

Mitchell is also a record producer and sound engineer at Outhouse Studios, a recording studio in Reading, UK, where he has recorded and produced music for a number of rock bands including Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, Lower Than Atlantis, Architects, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, Funeral for a Friend, My Passion, Exit Ten, I Divide, Ivyrise, Anavae, Touchstone, Your Demise and You And What Army.[4]

Mitchell's latest music project is a solo project called Lonely Robot, whose album 'Please Come Home' was released on 23 February 2015.[5] It features a number of guest artists including Peter Cox, Steve Hogarth, Jem Godfrey, Nik Kershaw, and British actor Lee Ingleby. A follow up album, 'The Big Dream' was released in April 2017.[6]

Mitchell is also the co-owner and co-founder of White Star Records, an independent record label which focuses on prog rock artists.[7] Mitchell released his EP, 'The Nostalgia Factory', on White Star Records in 2016.


With The Urbane[edit]

  • Neon (1999)
  • Glitter (2003)

With Arena[edit]

  • The Cry (1997) (EP)
  • Welcome To The Stage (1997) (live)
  • The Visitor (1998)
  • Immortal? (2000)
  • Breakfast In Biarritz (2001) (live)
  • Contagion (2003)
  • Contagious (2003) (EP)
  • Contagium (2003) (EP)
  • Live & Life (2004) (live)
  • Pepper's Ghost (2005)
  • Ten Years On (2006) (compilation)
  • The Seventh Degree Of Separation (2011)
  • Contagion Max (2014)
  • The Unquiet Sky (2015)
  • Double Vision (2018)

With Kino[edit]

With Frost*[edit]

With Blind Ego[edit]

  • Mirror (2007)

With It Bites[edit]

  • When The Lights Go Down (2007) (live)
  • The Tall Ships (2008)
  • This Is Japan (2010) (live)
  • It Happened One Night (2011) (live)
  • Map of the Past (2012)

With Gandalf's Fist[edit]

With Lonely Robot[edit]

  • Please Come Home (2015)
  • The Big Dream (2017)


  • The Nostalgia Factory (ep) (2016)


Mitchell primarily uses Cort Guitars - white and black G254s on stage, and for recording, a tobacco G210 and a blue/black G290. He also plays an Alvarez Yairi acoustic guitar in the studio, and a PRS Classic. John's rack setup consists of a Marshall JMP1 Preamp with effects being produced by a vintage Korg A3 effects unit. This signal is then amplified by a Marshall Valvestate 80/80 power amp to a 4 x 12 Marshall cab.


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