John Orr Franklin is an Austin-based recording artist that writes, engineers and produces his own music. John has recorded seven full length original albums, produced and edited his own live DVD and also just released his first compilation album.
Raised in Martin Tennessee, John began playing guitar and keyboards as a teenager and quickly began writing and producing his own songs on a multi-track cassette recorder that he borrowed from his first guitar teacher, Maurice Field. Prior to college he was privately tutored at the University of of Tennessee at Martin in Music Theory by Nancy Matheson. John studied Recording Industry Management at Middle Tennessee State University as well as Commercial Music at The University of Memphis. Some of John’s favorite courses in college were electives for video and film production, another skill that he continues to utilize to this day. After college, he invested in his own personal recording studio now known as Castlewood Recording.
Later, John entered the Technical Support industry to learn all that he could about maintaining computer systems in his recording studio. Working for Microsoft, Mindspring and Earthlink taught him basic skills in computer administration and web design and then the industry crashed.
What emerged was an artist with a palette of skills that encapsulated songwriting, performance, musical arrangement, audio production, graphic design, video production and concert promotion. On most of the albums that John released, he performed all of the instruments himself from start to finish, a creative process that John says is much like a painter’s.
“As an artist, I see every aspect of multimedia and the internet as my potential canvas. I truly feel it is my job as an artist to encourage and promote independent thought. It’s my personal belief that we are in short supply of independent thinkers today. I see an initial vision, I know I can execute it and I don’t want to dilute it.” – John Orr Franklin