John Mitchell (musician)

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John Mitchell
Mitchell in Outhouse Studios
Background information
Born (1973-06-21) 21 June 1973 (age 42)
Genres Neo-Progressive rock, progressive rock
Instruments Guitar, vocals, keyboards, bass, violin
Associated acts It Bites, Arena, Frost*, Kino, A, The Urbane

John Mitchell (born 21 June 1973) is guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the UK band It Bites. He also plays guitar for a number of other progressive rock bands including Arena, The Urbane, Kino, Frost*, and John Wetton. His latest music project is called Lonely Robot, whose album 'Please Come Home' was released on 23 February 2015.[1] It features a number of guest artists including Peter Cox, Steve Hogarth, Jem Godfrey, Nik Kershaw, and British actor Lee Ingleby.

In 2012, Mitchell toured with Martin Barre in his band "New Day", singing lead vocals on many of the Jethro Tull songs.[2]

In 2008, Mitchell was drafted in to join A,[3] 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.

He 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]


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)

With Kino[edit]

With Frost*[edit]

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]

  • A Forest of Fey (2014)[5][6]

With Lonely Robot[edit]

  • Please Come Home (2015)


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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