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Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

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Audio Fields:

  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Musical Acoustics
  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Other: Engineer/Producer/Musician

Job Duties:

  • Mixer
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Composer
  • Educator
  • Musician/Talent
  • Producer
  • Recording Engineer


Thomas "TJ" Johnson is an American audio engineer, producer, and musician. He is best known for his work with Porno for Pyros and Rancid. Johnson has been an active professional in the industry since 1981, and trained at the Recording Workshop, an audio-engineering school in Chillicothe, Ohio.

TJ's involvement with Porno for Pyros began during the recording of their second album, Good God's Urge, on which Johnson engineered, co-produced, and played. Following the album's release, Johnson toured with Porno for Pyros from 1995 until the spring of 1997, providing samples, playing keyboards, and singing backing vocals. During that time, Johnson also recorded new tracks for what should have been Porno for Pyros's third album, which were instead released on Perry Farrell's solo effort Song Yet to Be Sung and Jane's Addiction's Kettle Whistle.

In the spring of 1997, Johnson started a long relationship with Rancid, resulting in his recording Life Won't Wait and Rancid 2000 for the Bay Area punk band.

TJ has worked with an array of major and independent labels including Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, Mercury Records, Virgin Records, Geffen, and RCA. He also did work for Epitaph Records, and its offshoot, Hellcat Records.

Although still active in the recording realm, Johnson is the Department Chair for Creative & Performing Arts at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

1987 TEC Award Nomination Best Recording School, The Recording Workshop. Faculty member 1984-1989.
US Gold/Platinum:
Jane's Addiction
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
South Park "Chef Aid"

Education Background

Lenoir-Rhyne College
Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School
Christopher Newport University
The Recording Workshop
Berkelee College of Music
Pro Media
Guilford Tech
NC State University
Billy Sherrill Experience
Geoff Workman Experience

Employment History

ITJ57 LLC 1981- Present

Related Experience

Crenshaw Pentecostal Second Option Single
Crenshaw Pentecostal New Mexican Glass Single
Crenshaw Pentecostal Bad Heart Single
Crenshaw Pentecostal EP
ATH(All The Hats) Uno A Uno (Blue Room Productions) 

Rancid All The Moon Stompers (Machete) 

Steve Lynch's Network 23 (Lynch Mob Music) 

Perry Farrell"Song yet to Sung" (Virgin) 

The Manhattan Project (Forsaken Recordings) 

Hellcat Records Presents: Give 'Em the Boot V" (Hellcat) 

Rancid/2000 (Hellcat/Epitaph) 

Buju Banton "Unchained Spirit" (Anti) 

Punk o Rama #6 (Epitaph) 

Bad Religion "The New America" (Atlantic) 

The Distillers "debut" (Hellcat) 

Perry Farrell "Rev" (Warner Brothers) 

Tiger Army "debut" (Hellcat) 

Punk o Rama #5 (Epitaph) 

The Pietasters "Awesome Mix Tape #6 (Hellcat) 

Give'em the Boot #2 (Hellcat) 

Give'em the Boot #3 (Hellcat) 

Short Music for Short People (Fat Records)
F-Minus "Failed Society-7"" (Hellcat) 

F-Minus "debut" (Hellcat) 

The Distillers - 7" (Hellcat) 

Buccaneer"Da Opera" (VP Records) 

Joe Strummer/South Park Sound Track (Sony) 

Rancid/South Park Sound Track (Sony) "Brad Logan Single" 
Rancid/South Park Sound Track (Sony) 

The Slackers "The Question" (Hellcat) 

Mike Watt/ Hempilation Vol. 2 (Capricorn) 

Punk o Rama #4 (Epitaph) 

The Dropkick Murphys "The Gangs all Here" (Hellcat) 

Rancid "Life Won't Wait" (Epitaph) 

Dr. Israel "Inna City Pressure" (Epitaph) 

Jane's Addiction "Kettle Whistle" (Warner Brothers) 

F-Minus - 7" (Hellcat/Epitaph) 

Rancid/ Clash Tribute LP (Sony) 

Porno for Pyros "Tibetan Freedom Concert" (Grand Royal) 

Banyan's "debut" (CyberOctive) 

Porno For Pyros "The Cable Guy" (Sony) 

Porno For Pyros "Good Gods Urge" (Warner Brothers) 

Yoko Ono & IMA "Kurushii" Remix (Capital) 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones"B-Sides" (Mercury) 

Maids of Gravity "debut" (Vernon Yard/Virgin) 

Edna Swap"debut" (East/West) 

700 Miles "Dirt Bomb" (RCA) 
April's Motel Room "Black 14" (Immortal/Sony) 
April's Motel Room EP (Immortal/Sony) 

Porno for Pyros "A Little Sadness" (Warner Brothers) 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones" Classic Kiss Regrooved" (Mercury) 

George Clinton/Lisa Simpson (Geffen) 

July Alley "debut" (Columbia) 

Foley "7 Years Ago" (Motown) 

Gerald Veasley "Look Ahead" (Sony) 

Zawinul Syndicate"Lost Tribes" (Columbia) 

Zabrina "Z=mc2" (Ichibon) 

The Marshall Tucker Band "Sothern Spirit" (Capitol) 

Ted Nugent "Motor City Bad Boys"single 

Identity "All In One" (Mango) 

Identity "Identity" (Mango) 

Bob Sauls "Out of the Darkness" (Capitol) 

Zabrina "Z = mc2" (Capitol) 

Ras Bonghi "Love Light" (Ras Bonghi) 

Vince Andrews "Vince Andrews" (Capitol) 

Original Soundtrack "Show Soundtrack" (Theologian) 

Original Soundtrack "Love & a 45" (Sony) 

Various Artists "Warp Tour 2001" (Side One Dummy) 

Various Artists "M.O.M., Vol. 1: Music for Our Mother Ocean" 

Various Artists "M.O.M., Vol. 2: Music for Our Mother Ocean" 

Various Artists "Skaliente" (Grita!) 
The Specials "Guilty 'Til Proved Innocent!" (MCA) 

Lethal Aggression "Life is Hard" (Fun House)

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