Johnny Jewel

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Johnny Jewel
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Jewel performing with Glass Candy in 2006
Background information
Birth nameJohn David Padgett
Also known asJohn David V
Born (1974-05-31) May 31, 1974 (age 45)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
OriginPortland, Oregon, U.S.
GenresElectronic, ambient
  • Record producer
  • composer
  • bassist
  • keyboardist
  • Bass guitar
  • synthesizer
  • keyboards
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • drum machine
  • vocoder
  • programming
Years active1994–present
LabelsItalians Do It Better
Associated acts

Johnny Jewel (born John David Padgett; May 31, 1974)[1][2] is an American record producer, composer, and visual artist. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is known for using all-analog equipment. He has been recording and releasing records since the mid-1990s.

Jewel owns and operates his own record label called Italians Do It Better. He is a member of multiple bands on the label, including Glass Candy (along with vocalist Ida No), Chromatics (along with Ruth Radelet, Adam Miller and Nat Walker), Desire (with Megan Louise and Nat Walker), and Symmetry (with Nat Walker). Jewel also occasionally collaborates with artists Farah, Mirage, Twisted Wires and Appaloosa.

Jewel composed music for the films Bronson (2008) and Drive (2011),[3] as well as the A&E crime drama series Those Who Kill (2014). He also scored actor Ryan Gosling's 2015 directorial debut, Lost River,[4] and Fien Troch's 2016 film Home, for which he won the Georges Delerue Award.[5] Along with Chromatics, his works have appeared in David Lynch's series Twin Peaks: The Return, specifically the songs "Windswept", "The Flame" and "Slow Dreams".

He has released three largely instrumental albums under his own name: The Other Side of Midnight (2014),[6] Windswept (2017)[7] and Digital Rain (2018).[8]


As a solo musician:

  • The Other Side of Midnight (2014, Italians Do It Better)
  • Windswept (2017, Italians Do It Better)
  • Digital Rain (2018, Italians Do It Better)
  • Vapor (2018, Italians Do It Better)
  • Themes for Television (2018, Italians Do It Better)



  • The Hacker (2016, Italians Do It Better)
  • The Key (2016, Italians Do It Better)


  1. ^ Cohen, Ian (24 March 2015). "Into the Black: Johnny Jewel's Dark Disco Empire". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  2. ^ "John David Padgett." Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Vehling, Aaron (7 September 2016). "Drive Soundtrack: Revisiting the Neon-Noir Masterpiece". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (3 February 2015). "Chromatics Share Music From Ryan Gosling-Directed Film Lost River Scored by Johnny Jewel". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ Lozano, Kevin (14 October 2016). "Johnny Jewel: Home OST Album Review". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan (8 December 2014). "Johnny Jewel Shares 31-Minute Instrumental "The Other Side of Midnight", Unreleased Chromatics Song". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ Strauss, Matthew (4 May 2017). "Johnny Jewel Announces New Album Featuring "Twin Peaks" Music and Chromatics". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ Yoo, Noah (10 January 2018). "Chromatics' Johnny Jewel Announces New Album Digital Rain". Retrieved 18 February 2018.

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