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John Cheney writes killer tunes....
This is a collection of songs that I've been working on for the past few years. I'm a singer/songwriter and have had the pleasure of working with a number of Chicago-land's finest studio engineers and musicians to make these songs sound the way they do.
My main partner in crime is my drummer, Bernard Pershey. He has a recording studio in Arcadia California called Bad jack studios, where he lays down the beats. In short, we kind of cyber jam to work out our parts, and then he lays them down and sends me the tracks.
I finished them at a number of studios all over Chicago. I've had the luxury of working with some amazing sound engineers who have helped me craft these songs into the sounds they have become.
I've worked with Chris Shepard, general manager of Chicago Recording Co. and owner of American Mobile recording; Steve Osterman of Race recording, which is on the west side of Chicago; and Louis Svietek, the filthy lord of Ministry, MOD, the beer nuts and owner of Wuli records in Chicago. I worked with Steve Weeder at Chicago Recording Co. and later at his own studio The Sound Bank. My good friend Steve J, who recently passed away, worked with me at his studio Old Plank Sonic Labs in Naperville, il. Chris Cosentino helped me lay down vocals at his place, Digital Mayhem, and I've been a fixture at my good friend Tom Podnar's Wildelife studios as long as I can remember. The Climate of Crisis tracks were recorded by one of my best friends, Don Leamon, way back in the day when we were all getting started. Don is still my main man trying to help me from smashing my computer by acting as my over-the-phone computer analyst guy when I'm dropping scratch tracks in my living room. Thanks, Don!
So... Most of the songs Bernie plays drums, and I play the rest of the tracks. I'm really a guitar player who writes and sings, but I think my favorite part of the recording process is getting a chance to play that bass!
My other partner in crime is my good buddy and fellow songwriter on a couple of the songs, Dean Mickley. I co-wrote and recorded Rebound and Sleep with Dean, who also plays that bad-ass bass on Rebound! Me and Dean go way back and have collaborated on a number of projects, most notably our band The Vagrants.
Bad-ass Bob Ferraris played bass on Stop, Nothing but Time, Two Weeks, and Fly in our Steve J. sessions; also providing that eerie bow work on Fly.
Steve Osterman, who recorded and mixed Grinder, P.rick, Inbound Edens, Needs, Cybercontagious, and Jackie b, played the drums on Rebound and Sleep.
Through the years, I have always been blessed with great friends who have supported me along the way: Bart J. Mariani, helping bank roll projects so we could keep the bus rolling; my good buddy, Shaggy, whether flying me out and booking me in California, or helping me pay for studio time to finish a song; and so many more, it's impossible to list everyone. I never could have done anything without the support of my friends! Thanks guys!
If you read this far, I give you credit. It takes a lot to make these songs rock like they do, and I have to thank the people who make it happen. If you get a minute, look up some of these people and check out what they do. They are all amazing at what they do and what they have done.