John Greenham has always been passionate about music. Originally hailing from the south of England, he began playing music at thirteen when he found a guitar in the laundry room at The King's School Canterbury. “One of the first songs that really got my attention in terms of its production was The Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’.
John was inspired to move to California for its music and culture. He played both guitar and bass in San Francisco bands, and ultimately discovered that he preferred being on the other side of the glass in the recording studio.
John has worked in a variety of studios, specializing in digital mastering while at Rocket Lab, and then working at Hyde St. Studios with Paul Stubblebine. In 2006, he moved to Area 51 Mastering and worked alongside Stephen Jarvis, where he won two Grammys for his work with Los Tigres del Norte. After that, John briefly worked at The Annex in Menlo Park, and then concluded his work in San Francisco in the Coast Recorders building on Mission St., where he won another Grammy for his work with Los Tigres del Norte.
“I loved working in the Bay Area.” says John. “ It has a great music scene, full of colorful characters. I got my start in mastering with Paul Stubblebine at Rocket Lab in the late 1980s. This was the dawn of the digital mastering era. Paul was and still is one of the biggest gearheads in the world, so I learned on the very best equipment available.”
John moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to work at Infrasonic Sound, where he mastered music for artists including Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Ice Cube, Banks, and many more. He currently works independently out of L.A.’s trendy Echo Park.
“Working at Infrasonic was a great experience and through that, along with being in such close proximity to Vintage King Audio, I met so many creative and active people in the record making community. The thing about Los Angeles is that everyone who has any kind of a music career comes through here at one time or another. You can go to a party and end up talking to someone like Spike Stent, for example! It’s a very exciting time in the music in business L.A. right now, especially in the Echo Park/Silver Lake area.”
Over the years John has worked on just about every type of music - from Persian Classical to Early Harpsichord. From Rap to Mexican Folk music. From Country to Heavy Metal. He has seen it all, and consequently brings a vast background of experience to each new project.
“I have had the opportunity to work with so many talented artists and producers across many different genres and countries.” says Greenham. “Every project that comes in is unique and therefore requires a unique approach. What worked on yesterday’s project is probably is not going to work today - it’s always a learning experience, which keeps the work as fresh, fascinating, and challenging as it was on my very first project.”
In addition to raising two children, John has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner for over 20 years. He has always incorporated Buddhist philosophy into the way he works with people and the way he masters records.
“Buddhist philosophy has been very helpful in every area of my life, and not least in the business side of things. I think my meditation practice helps me to cultivate and maintain a positive and friendly attitude, which translates into more harmonious relationships with my clients. So I would like to say thank you to everyone I’ve worked with in the past, and I’m looking forward to meeting and working with many more talented music professionals in the future.” John says. “Let’s keep the music coming, and together learn how to make the world sound better, one record at a time.”