Music Bio


 

sonic architect / n. the complete and holistic undertaking of
songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, mixer,
and producer.

 

 

In describing his music, Toronto-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jon Mychal had this to say: “I’ve referred to it as the ‘love child’ of my favourite Brit-esque Space Rock, Alt. Rock and Classic Rock – with a splash of Power Pop and early New Wave… all the good stuff I was fortunate enough to have grown up with, really. It just comes naturally… I’ve always been drawn to quirky or theatrical artists — moody, melodic, (and) lyrically compelling songs… those elements combined are the complete package, I’d say, so everything I do is informed by that.”

Imbuing his music with shades of The Beatles and halcyon 70’s “glitter rock” (with vocal ‘gymnastics’ at times reminiscent of early David Bowie and T-Rex’s Marc Bolan), power pop acts like The Knack and post-punk early New wavers The Cars, all the while inspired by contemporaries such as U2, Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, as well as the edgier sounds of Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age, The Smashing Pumpkins, etc., there’s definitely an eclectic mix going on from one song to the next.

As one of those artists whose music you may have heard but whose name you might not have, that’s about to change as Jon steps out from writing and producing “behind the scenes” for over a decade with the release of ‘Analogue Verses – Book 1’ scheduled for late 2013, marking  his first solo release since the 1999 ‘New Atomic Collective’ alt.pop/rock 7 song EP entitled ‘Harmonic Divisions and Cosmic Rays – Vol.1’. His debut release as a solo artist in 1994 was the FACTOR-funded project ‘Three Pound Universe’, a 6 song EP of electronically-infused alt. rock entitled ‘Strange Attractors’.

As always, in addition to writing the music and lyrics, Jon performs all vocals and instruments on ‘Analogue Verses’  — except live drums – and is also producing it, but has some old friends pop up on a few tracks to “bring some love” to the project.

With 20+ years of recorded material “out there”, Jon is by no means a musical neophyte. From FACTOR grants in the early/mid 90s and major label sessions to International Award Show soundtrack contributions (MuchMusic Video Awards [MMVA’s]1995-2005) and MMA Instructional videos (The System: Russian Martial Arts 1996-1998), his sonic stylings have been endorsed by critical ears and heard by many in various capacities over the years. Jon is also the owner of the Toronto-based recording studio ‘The Sonic Spa’ where he’s been working with indie artists in a multi-faceted approach for over a decade and continues to do so.

When asked about quoting so many big names as comparisons for the purpose of this bio, he responds with a playful smirk: “Let’s ‘name drop’, shall we? At least I’ll be in the best possible company.” 

With that in mind, the listener is invited to explore Jon Mychal’s signature interweaving of instruments, melodies and lyrics with a few new insights to aid on the adventure…

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