R.I.P. Andy Johns 1952 – 2013

Producer Andy Johns has died at the age of 61.

The big-name deskman worked with the Rolling Stones between 1968 and 1973, and was behind their landmark 1972 album Exile On Main Street.

He produced Led Zeppelin IV in 1971. Among his other titles are two by Humble Pie, three by Free, Television’s Marquee Moon, Hughes/Thrall, Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, three by LA Guns, Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot’s debut and many others.

As an engineer he worked many times with Zep and the Stones and also with Godsmack, Eric Clapton, Mott The Hoople, Joni Mitchell and more.

Fellow producer Kevin Shirley has paid tribute, saying: “Andy is a bona fide legend. I met him in New York with Pat and Zoe Thrall when he was very condescending to me at Ruby Foo’s over some cold sake.

“After listening to some of my work he became somewhat of a fan, according to my friend Pat Thrall, who witnessed him listening to one of my Aerosmith mixes for hours.

“Andy’s legacy is huge – The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin to name a couple. Wherever it is you go to, I know you’ll keep ‘em rocking! Love and respect in boatloads.”

Brian May of Queen adds: “He was a lovely guy: patient, skilled, funny, encouraging, sharp – all the qualities you want in someone who’s getting your music onto tape. I remember him as one of the Olympic Studios team in Barnes. He went on to become one of the very top rock producers in the world.”

Slash comments: “One of the greet engineer-producers of our time. Free, Zeppelin, Stones – the list goes on. He will be sorely missed.”

Chickenfoot and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith says: “RIP Andy – he made some of my all-time favourite records.”

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Remixing, whats it all about?

Remixing, whats it all about and can a musician remix with real instruments as opposed to a DJ? What’s ethical and what’s not? I have serious questions and I’m not quite sure where to get the answers, I desire to explore these here with the press community.

A couple of people I’ve worked with in the studio are two artists as well as friends are pretty slick at remixing, Chris Enve and Weapon X. I’m a guitarist, Bass player, Horn Player, a pretty fair Piano player ( I can get the job done if I wrote the song) and a fair drummer when using Alesis Pads with a Roland kick and High Hat trigger running through a sampler such as Superior Drummer or Native Instruments Abbey Road Drums. I really can create all of what I hear in my arrangements by myself so I’ve never had a need to remix.

However the thought has been on my mind ever since I fell in love with the greatest band in the work the Monophonics (can I get an amen!) Daily, and I mean every day I improvise to Goliath, Balboa Tree, in your Brain and Soul funk 45. This kind of Jazz-Funk-Fusion is an exciting place for me as a guitarist to explore improvisation, I never run out of ideas when I play with the Monophonics. It’s like a garden of musical melodies inside my head running on dilithium crystals, golden! and it’s different every-time, Platinum! Now I’m thinking I want to do a 3 song monophonic remix of Goliath, Balboa Tree and in your brain but wait, I’m a Guitarist not a DJ. Am I crossing some sacred line in Musicology? Is this going to be poo poo’d on? What’s the rules?

I guess at the end of the day maybe I should just go ahead an do it but i don’t want to anger anyone, I’m a fan I dig the Monophonics. Comments not only welcomes but needed.

I know leave you with the greatest band in the world, From San Francisco California

THE MONOPHONICS!
Peace!