Hellraiser Johnny


Hey Droobies, my name is John and I am a guitarist, songwriter, studio engineer and music producer. During my years on stage playing Rock, Heavy Metal and Thrash, I took to the stage with 3 stacks of Marshall amps powered by 700-1000 watts of power and enough energy for everyone in the building. My bandmates took one look and coined the moniker "Hellraiser Johnny" and it just stuck and later it became the bands name. Although I rarely appear on stage these days, I am very active in music and still have a solid core of musicians I've know well over 30 years. Today we write and record original tunes as well as a few select covers we remake in our own image. It's all about fun and enjoyment of playing together. I'm just at the start of a new recording project "The Corona Virus Jams". What started out as an on-line collaboration during the COVID-19 Epidemic has turned into a solid core of players creating original songs together both on-line and now live. I have posted early recordings of our songs as they evolve and start to come together here on Drooble. We are now at a point where we can start looking at recording studio masters and possibly produce a grass roots album of our work. Thank you for checking me out!






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the root of my spirituality, it is my constant contact with God. Music is the driving force behind all I do both for myself and others.

What is your music dream?

I am lucky, no scratch that, I've worked very hard to achieve my musical goals. I cut my first album of original material at the age of 17 and there has been no turning back ever since. Right now my short term goals are to write, produce " The Corona Virus Jams". A series of music improvisations during the COVID-19 crisis. Working with vocalist Tim St. Pierre and Bassist Dom DiSpaldo we are turning these raw jams into songs.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Myself, that's a start anyone can accomplish.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

All Right Now - Free. . That song made me feel what rock music is all about.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

sorry. : : : Way too many

What inspires you to make music?

The power music has . . a song can make others feel your emotions and experiences, be them good or bad, clearly and honestly. That connection is all I ever try to do with music. It's my only reason to be here.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Mean what you say and say what you mean. Life is too short to beat around the bush.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Are you kidding me??? There is no substance, drink or drug that can even come close to what I feel on stage in front of an audience. The energy that gets transferred to and from the crowd is beyond words. If you've ever felt so jacked (Pumped) up you feel like you could run head first through a 10 foot plate glass window without a scratch . . . . you're getting close.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

I just thank God that I am no longer concerned with the music business. It's a snake pit bordering on slavery. I am an artist and a musician, I play and write music for me and the artists who share my vision and values. We do this in an effort to enrich the lives of others. Many years ago while on tour, a close friend asked me if I am an artist . . . or an "act". That question changed my life and direction in music.

What do you think of Drooble?

In the beginning I was skeptical, just another social media site. Now that I've been around and met the people that hang here I can say without a doubt or with any reservations, this is the best music\musician\Artist site I have ever been a part of. Created by a musician (wicked guitar player!) for musicians. I love the Karma system and the great positive vibe of the place. I'm hooked. Nothing else out there comes close.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

People in music for all the wrong reasons.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I support all local artists, not just musicians, as much as I can. Karma right?

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

You have to be dogged and determined. Never give up. If music is your dream, you have to give it everything you have. Half measures only lead to failure. As for the creative side, musicians have to be brutally honest with themselves and others. An artist has to dig deep and bring real emotion to light with their craft, no matter what style or genre they gravitate toward. That always stands head and shoulders above the rest and it WILL get noticed.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Are you guys listening to "like a storm"? Check out "Devil inside". Fozzie I also fairy new - "Judas" is a cool tune. "Sons of Apollo" . The new Tool Album "Fear Inoculum"