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‘Catchy Fun Pop-Rock Songs’
Johnny Hatch is a purpose-driven renaissance man. The Hatchman is a dynamic performer and gifted inspired songwriter with talented band-mates. The last album, ‘Happiness Instead’ is filled with catchy melodic alternative Pop-Rock songs, infused with positive passion. Tracks received radio airplay across parts of Canada and the US and 5 US publishing offers. Johnny Hatch is currently based in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and plays with talented band-mates, 'the Lost Disciples'. Johnny spent years playing and studying music in Vancouver. He has now become captivated by L.A., Orange County & his parent’s birthplace, Greece. ‘Happiness Instead’ was recorded near Regina except for the songs ‘Echo’ & ‘In L.A.’ recorded there and Los Angeles with Doug Deep (composer for TV shows such as mega-hit Survivor). Johnny was awarded a recording grant by SaskMusic. After amazing international experiences recording and performing the songs on Happiness Instead, Johnny Hatch has decided to split his rock music from his more acoustic music, the latter of which will now performed under the moniker ‘Folk Sanctuary’. Folk Sanctuary will perform as a duo or full band (violin, percussion, etc) as needed and release an album Fall / Winter 2013.
Key Tracks: ‘Echo’ ‘In L.A.’ ‘Let There Be Peace’ ‘Find the Door’ ‘Lucky Seven Yeah’ ‘Happiness Instead’
Influences: Classic Rock, New Wave, Punk, Alternative, Funk, Canadian & American Roots Music, Greek Music.
Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, U2, Goo Goo Dolls, RadioHead, Stones, Beatles, Who, Replacements, Bob Mould, Devo.
SHOWS: - Summer 2013 & Fall 2012 –Performing and songwriting in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Newport & San Diego winning many new fans. Summer 2012 – regional Sask shows, 3 shows in Toronto. Performed 5 shows in Greece! Recent Sask shows include Cathedral Village Arts Festival, All Folked Up in Montremarte, Saskatoon’s – Stripped Down TV show and the Fez.
‘Happiness Instead’ was recorded at Ze Studio near Regina except for the songs ‘Echo’ & ‘In L.A.’ recorded there and Los Angeles with Doug Deep (composer for TV show Survivor).
SHOWS & TOUR: Spring - Regional Prairie shows. Summer - Ontario festivals & pubs. plus - shows in Greece & Turkey!
Happiness Instead contains universal stories and hummable melodies with anthemic choruses. Johnny Hatch was awarded a recording grant by SaskMusic. Johnny has just been invited to Vancouver by up & coming film director Pan Yannitsos to shoot a music video for ‘Echo’. (Pan screened his latest film at Sundance).
RADIO: Added to KLED Lost Angeles! 3 songs added to rotation at Mix 103.9 FM Moose Jaw. Play-listed at Rock 104 the Wolf Regina - NWCZ – Seattle, UMFM Winnipeg, CJTR Regina, CJMQ Sherbrooke, Quebec, CFBX Kamloops & more. Added to multiple online stations and podcasts across North America. Songs from the debut EP ‘Hot Traxx!!!’ (produced by David J. Taylor) received radio airplay at college radio across Canada and some commercial radio.
KEY TRACKS: 'Echo' 'Happiness Instead' ‘Let There Be Peace’ ‘In L.A.' 'Lucky Seven Yeah!' ‘Find the Door’.
INFLUENCES: Canadian Rock & Roots Music, U2, Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Stones, Beatles.
FILM & TV: Songs Johnny has written and placed songs in a number of movies & TV shows most notably ‘Fubar is a Super Rocker’ from the hit film Fubar. Johnny co-wrote and recorded the song with world-wide metal legend Thor. Appears on the soundtrack on Aquarius / EMI records alongside bands such as Sum 41, Sloan & Treblecharger and the video is included in the film DVD. Johnny rocked 3 tours of Western Canada with Thor, most notably opening for Nashville Pussy (Grammy nominees). Other credits include the Scooter Kids movie (Hollywood) & Canada’a Renegade Press TV show.
Best Fan Comment Ever!! June 2011 from Matt Spelliscy (19 years old)
Hey bro! Nice seeing you this weekend at Relay For Life, LOVED IT!...you sure know how to tame a crowd of adoring fans John. You probably rank around eight in my all time favorite groups to see live, and that's considering U2, Billy Joel, Green Day, Panic At the Disco and some of my other favorites. I’ll load a truck of me and my excited friends and head out to see your next show. YOU ROCK!!!
The band sounds hot. The core of the live band is JH - Guitar/Vocals, Dave Fries-bass, Pat Kelly drums and amazing guitarist Gerry Pittet. These veteran musicians are among the most talented players anywhere in Canada. All join in on harmony vocals. Happiness Instead was produced by band-mate Dave Fries, a veteran pro with dozens of album credits, Johnny co-produced. Hatch also plans to spend more time in Los Angeles & Vancouver performing and co-writing. The band just played at McNallys Regina Dec 15.
PRESS & INDUSTRY QUOTES
"Positive & upbeat, instantly infectious" Erin Harde - Leader Post Regina (Front cover & feature article).
4/5 Stars – Excellent "..uplifting, melodic rock, pop & dance tunes that will stick in your head for days" JJ Elliott - Spun Music
"A world-class album in songwriting, performance & recording. I'm really enjoying listening to Happiness Instead" Steve McDonnell Artist & Magazine Publisher Buzzcity Magazine -Regina
" A wonderful collection of songs with great musicianship and harmonies. I really enjoyed it."
John Donnelly Event Producer –Vancouver
"Johnny is the Paul Westerberg of Regina. I reeeeally like the song 'Echo'. Dave & Johnny did a great job producing this record." David J. Taylor Award-winning Producer & Artist, Regina
NOTES OF INTEREST One of Johnny’s earliest bands was Neurotic Paperboy, a band Hatch co-founded with Juno winner Jason Plumb and opened for bands such as Soul Asylum & Pursuit of Happiness. After he left to play & s