Johnny Zirkel

Songwriter, Producer, Engineer

26 Reviews (18 Verified)
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Specializing in alternative, pop, and hardcore, I've been blessed to work with artists on all levels in-studio, live, and on television via the music series I developed airing on CBS. Whether it's mixing, mastering, or a full production, I am ready to work with you on your project until you are satisfied with a quick turnaround!

Johnny Zirkel is an industry recognized songwriter, producer, and engineer. From spearheading production on the TV series Sounds of the Underground to working as a songwriter with acclaimed artist, to being a founding member of the internationally recognized nonprofit, Reverse The Trend, Johnny has been able to work in most aspects of the music industry.

Johnny has written with numerous producers and artists including Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco, All Time Low), Ronnie Winter Defoe (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), John Espy (Dua Lipa, Breathe Carolina, Rivals), Dirty Heads, and Rob Freeman, and is always open to helping both established and up and coming artists with any writing needs.

Johnny has engineered, mixed, and mastered live performances by Frank Iero, August Burns Red, MEST, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Dirty Heads, Craig Owens, Alesana, and more.

Aside from working with other artists, Johnny releases and tours with his own music as The Wildfires Projekt.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

26 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Grant A.

    Johnny is an excellent dude to work with! He helped me write and produce an entire track for my next single and he absolutely knows how to deliver!

  2. Review by James F.

    Will definitely be working with Johnny again, and you should too.

  3. Review by Bruno
    by Bruno

    Really fast work & communication! Johnny doesn't mind doing as many recalls as you need until the mix/master is exactly as you want it. Great service for the asked price! Was a pleasure!

  4. Review by Matt M.

    Johnny Is very kind and he works super fast. It's Always a pleasure work with him.

  5. Review by Grant A.

    Johnny is excellent when it comes to mixing and mastering your tracks exactly they way you want them to be. He’s fast with communication and is very good at what he does! Will be working again with him in the near future.

  6. Review by Matt M.

    Very kind and available. A pleasure work with Johnny.

  7. Review by Brice K.

    Johnny Zirkel is a talented and hardworking musician, songwriter & producer. I had a deadline to meet to write songs that would be able to compete in the alternative rock market. My guitar skills though were nowhere as good as My Chemical Romances’ Ray Toro or Frank Iero. I asked Johnny if he could help cowrite 13 songs for this deadline I had to meet, I really didn’t know what was going to happen but he did it. Johnny accomplished the impossible! Very happy and grateful, thank you!

  8. Review by Brice K.

    Thank you Johnny for producing this song, it sounds awesome! Can't wait to create more!

  9. Review by David K.

    Very helpful and very quick to respond, delivered an amazing mastered track

  10. Review by Natalie Diaz

    Johnny was quick, efficient and positive! Definitely will work with him again. It helps that we both like the same artists as well! Great experience.

  11. Review by Jamo.
    by Jamo.

    Awesome guy, super easy to work with. Puts a lot of effort into his work. Went over the top.

  12. Review by Alex R.

    Johnny is great! Skills, communication and result and top-notch. Highly recommended!!

  13. Review by Matt Rowley

    Really enjoyed working with Johnny. He was enthusiastic and very responsive. Thanks for the great work and quick turnaround!

  14. Review by Joe D.
    by Joe D.

    Johnny is super talented and client-driven. He has worked amazingly hard on our songs and we are extremely happy with the results. Great patience, knowledge and skill. Would highly recommend.

  15. Review by Steven C.

    Very happy with a master Johnny produced for me this week. Fast communication, fast turnaround, really good product. offered mix critique as well and really worked with me to get my track finished to my liking. will definitely come back to Johnny for future masters

  16. Review by Dax Roberts

    Johnny delivered as advertised, provided me with a product that I am able to take my sound to the next level! Definitely need to give him a shout if you need a quick turnaround and quality products.

  17. Review by Aaron Hanlon

    Easy communication, good feedback and good work. Highly recommended.

  18. Review by Tim L.
    by Tim L.

    Great to work with!

  19. Review by Daniel T.

    Johnny is a highly talented musician/engineer. Enjoyed working with him and will be working with him again. Thanks Johnny !

  20. Review by Connor R.
    by Connor R.

    Johnny is an exceptionally talented and driven individual, his musicianship reflects that. Whether that is working in the studio or creating music that others can truly relate too; Johnny excels in this line of work always putting the artist's creative process first. A very personable, awesome guy to work with.

  21. Review by Felicia Reynozo
    by Felicia Reynozo

    John is awesome and easy to work with. Great work ethic and goes above an beyond for the artist. Willing to try anything in the creating process.

  22. Review by Trevor Lawrence
    by Trevor Lawrence

    Johnny Zirkel is a hard working artist who is extremely knowledgable in all aspects of music from the gear/hardware used in recording and mixing/mastering enviroments all the way too the stage for live production. He is also a stellar guitarist, singer songwriter, and performer. Alongside all his knowledge and skills he can connect with people and an audience and out of that reaping wonderful relationships.

  23. Review by Benjamin Gideon
    by Benjamin Gideon

    I’ve personally worked with Johnny and we were literally able to record a track in 15 minutes after 15 min of set up. He is knowledgeable and takes great care of his clients. He is personable and enjoyable to work with. I’ve also worked on other projects with him where he spent more time helping perfect what I was aiming to do with suggestions and well thought out engineering.

  24. Review by Julia Pearl
    by Julia Pearl

    Johnny is very professional and easy to work with. His creativity is out of this world. Super genuine artist and person. I can’t wait to work with him again soon!

  25. Review by Ashley
    by Ashley

    Johnny is very professional, and fun to work with. Communicative and creative. Would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is trying to foster a worthwhile music relationship with someone that knows their stuff!

  26. Review by Collin Fiol
    by Collin Fiol

    Johnny is an amazing dude who is amazing at what he does. He's incredibly fun and easy to work with. We got to work with him on Sounds Of The Underground and we couldn't be happier with the results. We really hope to work with Johnny again in the future.

Interview with Johnny Zirkel

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I am currently working with the members of The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on music for an artist, as well as my TV series Sounds of the Underground.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: It depends on the project. I recognize the advantages and disadvantages of both, and work to blend the two in a way that meets the clients needs and budget.

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: My promise to my clients is that I will be dedicated to their project, with clear communication, until they are satisfied.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I get to help artists realize their vision, and have fun doing it!

  9. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  10. A: Be clear in what you are looking for. The better road map you give me for your vision, the better (and faster) I can build it.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: Gibson Les Paul Custom, Fender 50s Telecaster, Gibson Songwriter Studio Acoustic, Marshall JVM410 Amp Head, Marshall JCM 800 Cabinet.

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I have been in the music industry professionally for over a decade. This includes songwriting, producing, touring and booking events internationally, licensing music for film and television, developing television productions, and more.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Make sure the artist is happy.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: I mostly work in the Alternative Rock and Pop Punk genres. However, I have experience in "Top 40" Pop, Reggae, and R&B.

  19. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  20. A: I primarily work as a songwriter and producer. I enjoy building the song with you, and watching it come to life.

Alternative / Pop

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    Pop Punk / Alternative
Terms Of Service

I'm here to make you sound amazing. That means I will continue to work on your track until you are satisfied, and as quickly as possible. I start my jobs the moment I accept them.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Bring Me The Horizon
Gear Highlights
  • Analog and Digital including ProTools
  • SSL
  • Neve
  • Marshall
  • Gibson
  • Fender
  • sE Electronics
  • Black Lion and more
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