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Johnny K.


Band: Disturbed
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John Karkazis, better known as Johnny K, (born in Chicago, Illinois) is a Grammy Award nominated producer/engineer/mixer/musician and songwriter. He owns Groovemaster Recording Studios in Chicago.

He had played in bands in high school and college, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Economics, Johnny found himself broke and working in his family’s restaurant on the south side of Chicago. Using the business skills he picked up in college, Johnny took advantage of a business loan program for college grads and bought a townhouse. He quickly realized he didn’t like the house and sold it for a profit. With the extra capital, he bought recording gear and another house (“a crusty dump”) that was converted into a recording studio. The house was where Johnny enjoyed his first success; after years of recording local bands, he produced the track “Fly” for a band called Loudmouth. The track made it on the “Varsity Blues” soundtrack and earned Johnny his first Gold Record. When the band was signed to a major label, Johnny was dropped as the producer. Undaunted, Johnny kept working with a wide variety of artists including a loud hard rock group called Disturbed. He recorded the demos that earned the band major label deal; the band convinced label executives to keep Johnny on as the producer. Their debut record, “The Sickness” went on to sell more than 4 million copies and launched Johnny’s career as a music producer.

Johnny K.