John OBrien


Vocalist - Tenor, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums.


This is my nightmare:
Being an older guy (which I am), playing in a stereotypical blues band where all members are wearing various shades of black clothing and embrace the motto "It's not about the pay, I just love playing music" while an audience of 3 or 4 people tolerate the long boring guitar solos.

Everyone in your/our audience has said, "No" to something else in order to come see you/us. Therefore, it is our responsibility, as musicians, to prove that our audience has made the better choice by coming to see us. A show that is fun, engaging and exciting.

The videos in my profile represent my performances mixing subtle backing tracks with live musicians to bring a fun and exciting show. As times change, the "click-and-backing-track-resistant" musicians will be relegated to the $300 gigs at pubs, bars and restaurants, even if they are good. People do not have tolerance for extended solos and repetitious basic blues progressions.

I am a stickler about mixing sound with a full-range quality mix that is not inappropriately loud or soft. Sound makes or breaks a gig. For example, imagine seeing a great movie in a theater where the sound quality was poor. So sad, because the sound ruined a good quality show. Then, imagine a mediocre movie with excellent full-range sound. So happy, the sound redeemed an otherwise mediocre show. Now, imagine going to a good movie with excellent sound. Wow! That was a great show!

So, I am interested in a higher tech pop/funk band that has a passion for entertaining others as a priority over a selfish desire to just "get out and play enough gigs before I die."

Yes...I look somewhat like an old rat on stage, but when it sounds good (good quality sound), the audience is okay with it.

Screen name:
John OBrien
Member since:
May 18 2016
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Most available:


Morris Day, Prince, Chaka Khan, Rick James, GAP band, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson (maybe even Jesse Johnson's review).

Lee Michaels, Deep Purple, Santana, Toto, Matchbox 20, Foo Fighers

Deadmau5, Kaskade, The Crystal Method, Armin Van Beurin, Tchami

Instrument experience:

Electronic Music:


Full PA with lots of watts 2 JBL SRX 725, 4 JBL Subs, Mics, Mic stands, WIreless digital mixer (Soundcraft UI24R), Driverack Pa2, P2 and Audio Technica M2 IEM’s

Studiologic SL-88,
Yamaha Montage 7

Laptop software consisting of:
- IKmultimedia B3-X
- Native instruments Classic Keys
- Lounge Lizard
- Omnisphere 2
- Addictive Keys

Backing track triggering software (Very proficient in Ableton)

DJing with Traktor Pro 3 and Traktor Kontrol S2

Skilled in:
Cubase Pro 10, Logic, ProTools 12, Ableton and Studio One Pro