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Ethan Thomas Robert Johns (born 1969, Merton, London, England) is an English record producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Johns has worked with artists including Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Rufus Wainwright, The Boxer Rebellion, Crowded House, The Vaccines, Laura Marling, The Staves, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Although Johns is primarily a record producer, mixer and engineer, the multi-instrumentalist has also toured with acts including Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne and Tom Jones. He owns the indie record label Three Crows Music. Johns also runs Three Crows Records within Warner/Atlantic. Johns is the son of the notable record producer and engineer Glyn Johns (The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and The Who). In 2012, he won the Brit Award for Best British Producer.
Johns released his debut solo album Independent Years (1991) followed by If Not Now Then When on vinyl in November 2012, which was later released in other formats in February 2013. His second album titled The Reckoning was released in mid-2014, and was produced by Ryan Adams., and his third and most recent album Silver Liner was released in November 2015. Johns spent 15 years in Los Angeles as a record producer and musician, but currently lives and continues to make records in England. Johns is represented by Global Positioning Services in Santa Monica, California.
It’s classic Paul. This is very different to the last album. We’ve done two sessions already and the third is in a few weeks. It’s sounding great. He’s still one of the most extraordinary recording talents. There’s a song on the record called ‘Hosanna’ which is absolutely heartbreaking – just Paul and an acoustic guitar. It’s gorgeous… I know he’s also been in the studio with Mark Ronson, which I imagine is going to be quite current-sounding… I’m not sure what [the project] is. I’m simply a guy in his phone book he calls up every now and again and asks if I want to do something. And you don’t say no to McCartney. I mean, who would?Ethan Johns, about working with Paul McCartney on “NEW”, from NME, October 18, 2012
In October 2013, just after the release of “NEW”, Ethan Johns received the following message from Paul:
Here’s a copy of the album. I’m quite chuffed. In fact, I’m well chuffed, which is just wonderful to hear. Hope you enjoyed grooving too. Thanks for everything you did. It was a great experience and I look forward to getting feedback you care to send. Warm wishes, PaulPaul McCartney
Last updated on March 8, 2021