JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES & JOHN MUTTER w/ WAR DOGS
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JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES is the first collection of songs in the distorted alt-pop solo project by experimental composer and multi-instrumentalist John Mutter. The project uses experimental processes to create music with an approachablele aesthetic, often making hidden references to both classical and pop music. Previously, individual songs were released as singles in tandem with a music video also directed by John Mutter. When performed with a live band (Ridley Bishop, Justin Devries, Elliot Langford, John Mutter, Ronnie Swirl, Nancy Todd) the ensemble operates under the name JOHN MUTTER w/ WAR DOGS. The project is a continuation of John's other music and visual art work which also satirically point to popular culture’s disconnect from reality and mankind’s withdrawal from nature.
“John Mutter’s ‘Come On And Give Us A Shot’ -- if you haven’t checked out the video, do. I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot more of him in the future.” - Eric Alper, director of eOne Music Canada
“Hypnotically catchy” - Alex Hudson, Exclaim!
“Catchy, catchy tune.“ - The Permanent Rain Press
“Overflowing with talent.” - Diamond Deposits
John Mutter is a Vancouver-based artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and guitarist. He is the leader, composer and guitarist of experimental alternative ensemble we just stole a car and composer and vocalist of alternative pop project JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES (aka JOHN MUTTER w/ WAR DOGS.)
He majored in music composition at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College, studying under Giorgio Magnanensi and Jon Siddall. After graduating, he received a grant
from the Canada Council for the Arts to study composition privately with Benoit Delbecq in Paris, France.
John’s latest project, JOHN MUTTER WAS RAISED BY WOLVES, was a top ten regional finalist for CBC’s Searchlight Competition and was included in eOne Music Canada director Eric Alper’s top five “picks” for the entire contest. His song ALL_WAYS became a finalist in the Canadian Songwriting Competition.
John was selected to perform as part of Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome Project at part of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Other highlights include performing at the Vancouver New Music Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival as both a solo artist and member of a large ensemble, and a feature performance for his group we just stole a car at The Western Front.
John has been commissioned to compose work for Toronto’s Queer Songbook Orchestra, The Blanket Orchestra, and Andrea Young, and had work performed by Erato Ensemble, Standing Wave Ensemble, and Gamelan Si Pawit. His projects have been featured on CBC Radio 2, CBC Radio 3, and his music videos have been broadcast on Shaw TV’s Indie Mixtape.
He has released four albums of original music and is currently working on his fifth. In addition to his own projects, he has also performed with numerous other local bands including Vancouver Electronic Ensemble, Robots On Fire, Dixie’s Death Pool, Moth Mouth, Freak Dream, The
Trolls, Alien of Extraordinary Ability, Brontosaurus Rex, Not Yet Yeti, Moth Mouth, and Gamelan Si Pawit.