“The Silver Gymnasium sessions were the easiest and fastest record sessions I’d ever been involved with. Everything felt natural and right and intuitive. John was a tireless worker, a perfect cheerleader, and an inspiring partner. We’d work hard all day, go out for some drinks, and then repeat the process the next day.“ – Will Sheff, Okkervil River.
John Agnello is the guy people want to work with because he is able to put on so many different hats: Producer, Engineer, Mixer, Song Arranger …whatever is necessary to make a great sounding record.
2013 was an amazing year for John. Kurt Vile’s Walkin on a Pretty Daze, Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium and Phosphorescents Muchacho made crucial Top 50 of the year lists in Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Magnet, Paste, and The New York Times. The highly anticipated Manchester Orchestra album, mixed by Agnello, comes out in April 2014!
John’s career began at the age of 19 at Manhattan’s legendary Record Plant. Through hard work and perseverance, he moved quickly up the ranks from tape librarian to assistant to engineer . Throughout the 80’s, Agnello worked with some of the biggest names in rock and pop music including Dylan, Springsteen, The Hooters, John Mellencamp, Aerosmith, Twisted Sister and Cyndi Lauper.
In the 90’s, John gained a reputation as a multifaceted producer whose goal was to work with artists in helping them create a unique vision and achieve long term success. His long association with Dinosaur Jr. and J. Mascis continues to this day. He also worked with seminal bands of the time: The Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan, The Breeders, Jawbox, Chavez, Buffalo Tom, Chainsaw Kittens, Norway’s Madrugada, Son Volt and many others.
Into the 2000’s Agnello was increasingly in demand. He worked with Indie Rock progenitors Sonic Youth on The Eternal and Rather Ripped. The Hold Steady was put on the map after he helmed both Boys And Girls In America and Stay Positive . John worked with The Kills on the critically acclaimed No Wow,The Walkman, Andrew WK, indie punkers The Thermals, Drive by Truckers, stoner rockers Nebula, Turbonegro, Burning Airlines, Thurston Moore, Lee Renaldo as well as singer songwriters Jemina Pearl and Jennifer O’Connor among many others. 2011 brought the beginning of his association with Kurt Vile, producing Smoke Rings for My Halo to great critical acclaim.