John Mitchell (musician)

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John Mitchell
Mitchell in Outhouse Studios
Mitchell in Outhouse Studios
Background information
Born (1973-06-21) 21 June 1973 (age 46)
GenresProgressive rock[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, violin
Associated actsIt Bites, Arena, Frost*, Kino, A, The Urbane, Lonely Robot.
Websitejohnmitchellhq.com

John Mitchell (born 21 June 1973 in Shannon, Clare, Ireland)[2] is a singer, musician, songwriter and record producer. He primarily plays guitar and has been a member of the bands It Bites, Arena, Frost*, Kino, A, The Urbane and Lonely Robot.

Early life and career[edit]

Mitchell describes seeing Eric Clapton perform the song "Miss You" from his 1986 album August at a Prince's Trust concert as "the single defining moment that made me decide to put down the violin and pick up a guitar".[3]

Influenced by guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Trevor Rabin and David Gilmour,[1] Mitchell mainly sings and plays guitar, but is also a multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the current frontman for British prog-pop band It Bites (having replaced original singer and guitarist Francis Dunnery in 2006).[4] 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,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Mitchell's latest music project is a solo project called Lonely Robot, whose album 'Please Come Home' was released on 23 February 2015.[8] 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.[9]

Mitchell is also the co-owner and co-founder of White Star Records, an independent record label which focuses on prog rock artists.[10] Mitchell released his EP, The Nostalgia Factory, on White Star Records in 2016.

Discography[edit]

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 John Wetton[edit]

  • Amorata (2009) (METAL MIN2)

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)
  • Under Stars (2019)

Solo[edit]

  • The Nostalgia Factory (ep) (2016)

Equipment[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John Mitchell – It Bites – Interview Exclusive". Uber Rock. 15 April 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. ^ "John Mitchell". Rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  3. ^ Astley-Brown, Michael (26 April 2017). "10 questions for Lonely Robot's John Mitchell". MusicRadar. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Interview with John Mitchell (It Bites)"". Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  5. ^ ""A" vs The Wildhearts!, December 2008"". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ ""Outhouse Studios client list"". Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  8. ^ December 2014, Martin Kielty04. "John Mitchell confirms Lonely Robot debut". Loudersound.com. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Lonely Robot announces second studio album 'The Big Dream' – John Mitchell". Johnmitchellhq.com. 15 February 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  10. ^ "John Mitchell on the birth of White Star Records". Teamrock.com. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "GANDALF'S FIST - A Forest Of Fey (2014)". Progarchives.com. Retrieved 26 March 2020.

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