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An dual citizen of Italy and the United States Of America, fluent in English and Italian.

My interest in music started during my early childhood, listening and learning to appreciate music in every form and style. A self taught guitar and electric bass player with an extraordinary musical ear, I soon found that the technical aspect of music reproduction was what would have led me to the present and successful career, first by mixing for local bands in clubs, followed by 9 years in one of Southern Italy's leading recording studios. After a long time sitting behind a studio mixer, I was missing some excitement , so I naturally went back to my initial interest; live sound mixing.

A graduate at Forrest Sherman High School in Naples Italy in 1975,  my first  job was with my father's editorial distribution company, mainly addressed to the US Military bases in Italy and part of the Mediterranean.  

I happened to jump into the consumer audio world, hired by Germany based H.E.A.T. (Harman Europe Audio Team), as sales representative for 5 leading brands in the Hi-Fi market, at the NATO audio retail point in Naples Italy.

While operating as sales representative, I was also involved in mixing club bands and after two years of selling Hi-Fi, in 1979 I was offered a position as FOH Engineer for Italian pop star Pino Daniele, followed by Edoardo Bennato as monitor engineer in 1980, two of Italy's leading and top selling artists to this day. The unfortunate and recent passing of Pino Daniele broke my heart. This "new" professional activity brought me the desire to refine my skills and learn more about what I was walking into, so I decided to follow a course at The Recording Workshop in Ohio, USA. I graduated with a final rating of 99.9%, making "Top Of The Crop" (3 out of 84 students) of the school's 1980 winter session.

Back in Naples Italy, I was hired as resident Recording/Mixing Engineer at Executive Studios, operating there between 1982 and 1991. During these years, I recorded and mixed productions for some of the biggest names in the Italian music business, hitting the top 10 positions on the Italian charts. Strangely enough, some of these recording artists would soon become my future "live" artists.

I am well known and respected among the many Italian audio rental companies, production agencies and artists that I has had the opportunity and honor of mixing live. One of his most important and long term collaborations has been with Lombardi Service in Termoli, Italy, presently one of the most requested sound companies and definitely the owner of the largest stock of Adamson Audio systems in southern Europe today. The company's choice to acquire the Canadian brand came after my suggestion to make a difference between Lombardi Service and the rest of its competitors, offering the superb audio quality and technical characteristics of this brand, which I was able to appreciate during the following 5 years of touring with artist Gigi D'Alessio, as well as the large number of other Italian productions and festivals. To this day, the company name hs changed to Rooster (https://www.roostersrl.com), and it is one of the busiest on the market.

During the summer of 2004, I was fortunate to meet extraordinaire producer / artist, Nile Rodgers, with whom I've cooperated until the end of 2018 as FOH sound engineer and Production Manager. Fourteen years have passed since then, with hundreds of shows and thousands of miles travelled around the world, bringing CHI's dance music to millions of happy fans, including festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Ilìsle Of Wight and others. During these years, I've also translated Nile Rodger's website blog, in Italian: http://www.nilerodgers.com/blogs/pianeta-c-in-italiano.

Besides various important international festivals, I've been responsible for managing sound and crew for other major national and international productions, curating technical management for the "Freak Out Montreux" event, during Montreux Jazz 2012, covering over ten hours of live music and DJ performances in the Stravinsky Hall.

I have lived through the crossover between analog and digital audio and I was one of the first to pioneer on pro audio digital mixing systems in Italy. My preference today, for digital mixers, is based mainly on setup time reduction as well as the internal processing capabilities and smaller footprint, although I still believes that nothing will ever be equal the creativity and quality obtainable with high-range professional analog mixers. However, regardless of digital or analog, the tools for my trade are only the medium with which I is able to express his musical sensibility at its best.

I've lived most of my personal and professional life in Naples Italy, but in 2008 I moved to Tuscany, minutes away from beautiful Firenze. Let's see what comes next!

 

La Mia Storia

John Ryan è 100% bilingue in Italiano e Inglese, parlato e scritto.

John, appassionato della musica da sempre, si interessa alla musica da bambino e, grazie a uno spiccato orecchio musicale, impara a suonare chitarra e basso da autodidatta, imparando cosi ad apprezzare la musica nei suoi generi più diversi. Questa passione si è presto sviluppata nell'interesse per l'aspetto tecnico, nella sua ripresa e riproduzione, giocando e sperimentando metodi di registrazione sound on sound, con dei piccoli registatori a cassette. La passione per le attrezzature e come metterle in uso lo porta infine ad intraprendere una carriera come sound engineer.

Diplomatosi alle le superiori Americane, muove le sue prime esperienze lavorative nell'azienda di distribuzione editoriale di stampa estera del padre. Dopo qualche anno trova lavoro come agente di vendite presso la base NATO di Napoli per la H.E.A.T. (Harman Europe Audio Team), distributore di Hi-Fi per il mercato militare in Europa di alcuni marchi noti, quali JBL, Tannoy, Harman Kardon ed altri. Questo lavoro gli dato anche la possibilità di affinare le abitudini di ascolto musicali, grazie alla alta qualità dei prodotti. Durante questi due anni come venditore di giorno e fonico nei club Napoletani di notte, impara a muovere i primi passi con apparecchiature audio professionali.

Nel 1979, grazie alle amicizie nel campo musicale, passa l'estate in tour come fonico FOH per il tour di Pino Daniele, allora artista emergente, per poi lasciare del tutto il lavoro di venditore e proseguire come fonico di palco per il tour degli stadi di Edoardo Bennato nel 1980.

Nell'autunno del 1980 si iscrive alla Recording Workshop in Ohio, USA, conseguendo un punteggio di fine corso del 99.9%. Ritornato a Napoli, trova lavoro come fonico residente negli studi Executive del M° Franco Campanino, passandovi 9 anni e producendo alcune delle hit più importanti degli anni '80 insieme a un team di arrangiatori residenti del calibro di Adriano Pennino, Peppe Cessicchio e Gigi DeRienzo, oltre a collaborare attivamente alle produzioni di artisti del calibro di Tullio De Piscopo, Nino Buonocore, Enzo Avitabile, Gino Paoli e varie produzioni RAI.

John è conosciuto e rispettato dai tanti service audio italiani con i quali ha avuto la fortuna di collaborare. Non ultimo, il service Lombardi Service di Termoli, leader nel panorama dei servizi di noleggio attrezzature audio per lo pettacolo. Insieme alla Lombardi Service, John ha contribuito per quasi 5 anni a rendere popolare il brand Canadese Adamson, marchio di grande pregio e costruttore di sistemi audio avanzati per uso professionale, quasi del tutto sconosciuto fino al 2001 e distribuito in Italia dalla Reference Laboratory, quando, sotto consiglio di John, Pasquale Lombardi investi' in un primo grande ordinativo di sistemi Y-Axis, unitamente a finali Lab Gruppen, tutto cablato dalla Reference Laboratory. Questa scelta avrebbe marcato il "turning point" per la Lombardi Service, garantendo negli anni a venire un servizio sempre professionale unitamente a una continuità nel servizio ancora attivo dopo tanti anni. La Lombardi Serivce è attualmente il maggior fornitore di sistemi Adamson in Italia e uno dei principali fornitori a livello Europeo del brand.

L’avvento dei sistemi di mixaggio digitale ha interessato John fino dai primi modelli presenti sul mercato. Dal 2001, John è presto diventato un esperto e appassionato utente del brand Yamaha, specificamente con i modelli PM1D e PM5DRH, nonché della Digidesign, con i suoi Venue e Profile.

John Ryan si è  trasferito da Napoli a Firenze nel 2008 ed è disponibile per consulenze e collaborazioni con service audio, strutture teatrali, produzioni live, corsi di formazione e tutto ciò che riguarda la consulenza e/o operazione del mixaggio e del sound reinforcement professionale. Dal 2004, John è ufficialmente parte di Nile Rodgers & Chic Production, operando con questo artista principalmente in Europa.

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