John Feldmann

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John Feldmann
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Feldmann with his Martin acoustic at Foxy Studios
Background information
Also known as Feldy
Born (1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 50)
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 1980–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website johnfeldmann.com

John William Feldmann (born June 29, 1967) is an American musician and producer. He has produced and co-written songs accounting for sales of more than 34 million albums worldwide—6 million alone from 2011 to 2015—and is also the lead singer/guitarist of the band Goldfinger. He is an animal rights advocate.[1]

Music[edit]

Feldmann started playing music when he was 16 after hearing Mommy's Little Monster by Social Distortion. His first band was Saratoga-based Family Crisis. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and formed a band called Electric Love Hogs where he met future Goldfinger bassist Kelly LeMieux. The Electric Love Hogs (which also included Dave Kushner of Velvet Revolver and Bobby Hewitt of Orgy) were signed to Polygram in 1990 and put out one album.

Feldmann formed Goldfinger in 1994 when he met original Goldfinger bassist Simon Williams in a shoe store where they were both working. The group was signed to Mojo/Universal in 1995.

During his time as an A&R Representative for Warner Bros. Records & Maverick Records, Feldmann signed The Used, Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, Showoff, City Sleeps, Story of the Year, Foxy Shazam, and Mest.

He has done production work and songwriting for The Cab, The Veronicas, Good Charlotte, Mest, The Used, Story of the Year, Ashlee Simpson, ONE OK ROCK, Hilary Duff, Goldfinger, Showoff, The Matches, Atreyu, City Sleeps, Anthony Green, Beat Union, Cute Is What We Aim For, Escape the Fate, After Midnight Project, Foxy Shazam, All Time Low, Allstar Weekend, Panic! at the Disco, Boys Like Girls, Plain White T's, 5 Seconds of Summer, Blink-182, Black Veil Brides, Andy Black, Sleeping With Sirens, Stick to Your Guns, and Set It Off.

Feldmann is a former A&R Consultant for Red Bull Records. He has signed Itch (formerly of King Blues), Blitz Kids, and Beartooth. In 2016, John became the Vice President of A&R at BMG and also inked a publishing deal with the company to sign and develop new talent.[2]

Most recently he produced the seventh studio album for Blink 182 titled "California" which landed both he and the band their first Grammy nomination for "Best Rock Album". Also in July 2017 John was awarded the "Influencer" Award at the Alt Press Music Awards (APMAs).[3]

Activism[edit]

Feldmann is a vegan and vocal activist for animal rights.[4] He became a vegetarian after seeing the movie Babe in 1995.[5] He usually has animal rights material to give out at Goldfinger shows. He has spoken on behalf of the animal rights organizations PETA and Action for Animals. Feldmann has appeared in the documentary films Behind The Mask and Skin Trade. He has also appeared in the film Bold Native.

Selected discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Label Role
2018 Black Veil Brides Vale Lava Records/Republic Records Co-Producer/Co-Writer
2017 Makeout The Good Life Rise Records Producer/Writer
The Struts One Night Only Interscope Records Writer
Ded Mis•an•thrope Suretone Producer/Writer
Goldfinger The Knife Rise Records Producer/Writer
311 Mosaic BMG Producer/Co-Writer
One Ok Rock Ambitions Fueled By Ramen Producer
2016 Blink-182 California BMG Producer/Co-Writer
Good Charlotte Youth Authority Kobalt Label Services
Biffy Clyro Ellipsis 14th Floor "Animal Style" Co-Producer/Co-writer
Andy Black The Shadow Side Lava / Republic Records Producer/Co-writer/Vocals
2015 Disturbed Immortalized Reprise / Warner Bros. Records "Open Your Eyes" and "What Are You Waiting For" Producer/Co-writer
5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Good Feels Good Capitol Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
All Time Low Future Hearts Hopeless Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
Sleeping With Sirens Madness Epitaph Records
One Ok Rock 35XXXV Warner Bros. Records
2014 Avicii The Nights Universal Co-Writer
Stick to Your Guns Disobedient Sumerian Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer Capitol
Beartooth Disgusting Red Bull Records Writer/A&R
Ballyhoo! Halo Right Coast Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
The Word Alive Real. Fearless Records
The Used Imaginary Enemy Hopeless Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
We Are the In Crowd Weird Kids
Itch The Deep End Red Bull Records A&R/Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
Blitz Kids The Good Youth
2013 Makua Rothman Sound Wave Mountain Apple Company Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
One Ok Rock Jinsei×Boku= A-Sketch Mixer
Black Veil Brides Wretched and Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones Lava Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
We Came As Romans Tracing Back Roots"[6] Equal Vision Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
Escape the Fate Ungrateful Eleven Seven Music Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Heaven's Basement Filthy Empire Red Bull Records Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
Blitz Kids Never Die A&R/Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2012 Papa Roach The Connection Eleven Seven Producer/Co-Writer/Mixer
Megan & Liz Bad For Me Collective Sounds
King Blues Long Live The Struggle Transmission Recordings Producer/Mixer/Writer
The Used Vulnerable Hopeless Records
2011 Hedley Storms Universal Music Canada Writer
All Time Low Dirty Work Interscope
The Cab Symphony Soldier Universal Writer/Mixer/Producer[7]
Attack Attack! Attack Attack! (deluxe edition) Rise Records Producer, Co-writer[8][9]
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Am I The Enemy Collective Sounds Producer/Arranger/Composer/Engineer
Mixing/Programming/Vocals[10]
Get Scared Best Kind of Mess Universal Motown Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Composer/Programming/Vocals[11]
Allstar Weekend All the Way Hollywood Producer/Mixer/Composer
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows D.R.U.G.S. Sire/Decaydance A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Vocals[12][13]
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues Fueled By Ramen Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Writer
2010 Allstar Weekend Suddenly Yours Hollywood Producer/Mixer/Composer/Vocals/Bass
Good Charlotte Cardiology Epic Writer
Four Year Strong Enemy Of The World Decaydance Mixer
Foxy Shazam Foxy Shazam Sire A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer/Writer
Plain White T's Wonders of the Younger Hollywood Writer
Neon Trees Habits IDJ
2009 After Midnight Project Let's Build Something to Break Universal Motown Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Saosin In Search of Solid Ground Virgin Writer/Producer/Engineer
Hedley The Show Must Go Universal Music Canada Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2008 Anthony Green Avalon Photo Finish Records Writer/Producer/Mixer
Escape the Fate This War Is Ours Epitaph Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Cute is What We Aim For Rotation Fueled By Ramen
Josephine Collective We Are the Air Warner Bros. Records A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2007 The Veronicas Hook Me Up Sire Writer/Producer/Mixer
Atreyu Lead Sails Paper Anchor Hollywood Producer/Engineer
The Used Lies for the Liars Reprise Producer/Engineer
City Sleeps Not An Angel Trustkill A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2006 The Matches Decomposer Epitaph Co-Producer
2005 Hilary Duff Most Wanted Hollywood Writer/Producer
2004 The Used In Love and Death Reprise Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death Epic Writer
Ashlee Simpson Autobiography Geffen
2003 The Used Maybe Memories Reprise Writer/Producer/Mixer
Goldfinger Open Your Eyes Mojo/Jive Records Writer/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Story of the Year Page Avenue Maverick A&R/Writer/Producer/Mixer
2002 The Used The Used Reprise A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Good Charlotte The Young and the Hopeless Epic Writer
Goldfinger Open Your Eyes Jive Records A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2001 Mest Destination Unknown Maverick Producer/Mixer
2000 Mest Wasting Time A&R/Producer/Mixer
Goldfinger Stomping Ground Mojo Writer/Producer
1999 Showoff Showoff Maverick A&R/Producer/Engineer/Mixer
Goldfinger Darrin's Coconut Ass: Live Universal Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1997 Goldfinger Hang-Ups Mojo Writer/Producer
1996 Goldfinger Goldfinger
Reel Big Fish Turn the Radio Off A&R

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith, Shannon. Behind the Mask, Uncaged Films, 2006.
  2. ^ https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/160719/bmg-signs-grammy-nominated-blink-182-producer-john
  3. ^ http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/john_feldmann_influencer_award_2017_apmas
  4. ^ Obert, Alex (August 22, 2014). "On The Line with John Feldmann of Goldfinger". Journey of a Frontman. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Friedman, David. "Take notice: Goldfinger's back". NewsTimes. Retrieved 8 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "We Came As Romans Detail New Album "Tracing Back Roots"". The PRP. May 20, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Official Twitter of Alexander DeLeon". May 18, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Which tracks did Feldmann produce?". Formspring.me. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  9. ^ "Why'd you guys decide to record with John Feldman this time instead of Joey Sturgis?". Formspring.me. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  10. ^ "Am I the Enemy? - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus". AllMusic. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Best Kind of Mess - Get Scared". AllMusic. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  12. ^ "Alternative Press | News | D.R.U.G.S. post first studio update". Altpress.com. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  13. ^ "D.R.U.G.S. - Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows". AllMusic. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 

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