about John

John started playing guitar at the age of 13 in London. Completely self taught, he formed various rock bands playing around the capital, from clubs and pubs to venues like The Shepherds Bush Empire (opening for Cliff Richard).

Plus joining with the leading TV and music stars in a major spectacular event performed in front of Royalty.

Still playing in his rock band, John was moving towards jazz and blues, forming a vocal/guitar duo.>>>

They appeared at the legendary London music venue - The Red Cow in Hammersmith, playing regular residencies, as did laterly Paul Weller, The Jam, The Stranglers, Squeeze, AC/DC, Sting & The Police plus many more. John was also doing BBC broadcast recording sessions at the iconic Maida Vale studios in Delaware Road, London.

Moving to Cornwall, John was a founder member of a cool jazz funk fusion band called 'Matrix' playing regularly throughout the county. He also played with an 18 piece big band. John also played behind the renowned jazz saxophonists Alan Skidmore and the late Joe Harriot and for shear diversity...recording with The Wurzels for BBC TV

...and he started a studio

One of the first multi-track studios in Cornwall, producing albums and singles for many bands and musicians, including Ian Dunlop, founder member of the legendary 'Flying Burrito Brothers' band with the late Gram Parsons of The Byrds.

More studio space was needed so bigger premises was found and new, larger equipment installed.

The recording continued

John has played on a myriad of recordings and arranged scores of vocal harmonies. He has produced artistes for United Artists, Warner Bros. and RCA.

"I think you must always be creative, Peter Gabriel explained to me how he got the high squeal voice on the 'Intruder' track, by shouting into a tiny plastic amplifier and miking it"

John was also commissioned by the BBC to write and record several signature tunes for TV including the theme for 'Spotlight South West' he also appeared on TV demonstrating multi-track recording techniques.

John still plays with many musician friends using both electric and acoustic guitars and also guitar synthesiser, and recently for 10 years with the superb vocalist Kris Gayle as the duo - Knight & Gayle.