On his debut album In Passing, John Farrell recorded and mixed all parts except drums himself (including vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, and strings) in his basement.
His follow up, If We Should Wander, was recorded in between breaks from tour.
John has also gained a reputation for his film soundtrack compositions, working with a variety of student and independent filmmakers from the Chicagoland area.
John Farrell is a former member of You, Me, & Everyone We Know and was found playing guitar, keyboards and trumpet on tour with them regularly in 2010-2011.
Home in Chicago, John is often spotted with critically acclaimed Chicago acts Derek Nelson and The Innocent.
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JOHN FARRELL ON "IN PASSING":
"In Passing" is a collection of songs that I wrote between the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2009. Though I had probably written closer to fifteen different songs and ideas during that time, these were the ones that I felt fit best together in creating one specific mood or theme. Many of the songs actually bleed into one another to further push that concept.
The title “In Passing” embodies the sort of parenthetic disposition I had put my self in through out the months I spent writing these songs. I was in between work, school, composing for independent films, and also struggling to keep my band Voodoo Youth alive while simultaneously joining up with The Innocent to play guitar. So this EP was kind of a way of saying “by the way, this is also what I’ve been working on.” I have been writing songs since I was in high school, but this is the first time I have ever put any sort of organization behind a particular collection of my songs with out a band to help me convey the message.
Other than the tasteful beats of drummer Kyle Gibson (The Skies We Built, Voodoo Youth), the EP was both composed and performed by myself. Gibson can also be credited for creative consulting through out the process. For financial purposes I also recorded, engineered, and mixed the EP myself. At this point I felt the EP needed an outsider’s perspective to put the finishing touches on this venture, so I looked to Jon Clardy, who I’ve successfully worked with on a number of projects over the last five years or so. I credit him with the master as well as assisting in key technical aspects of the mix. The end result of this EP became everything I knew it could be, but never thought would actually come to fruition.
I hope it is enjoyed by those who listen to it. I think those who can appreciate artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Band of Horses, The Damnwells, Rogue Wave and Ben Kweller will like the album.
Visual artist Jeffrey Rowe will be who I’m turning to for album artwork. He is currently forming these brilliant visual aids, bringing the album full circle. Finally, with the help of long time friend and tireless indie/local music advocate Andrew Coate who is keeping all my “music business” in order and on schedule, I hope to push these songs as far as they can go.
Thanks for reading and listening,