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John Swihart grew up in Bloomington Indiana on the campus of Indiana University where his father was a professor of physics and there was (and still is) one of the most renowned music schools in the world. Throughout childhood attending weekly concerts and celebrations at the Musical Arts Center (the MAC) or at the IU Auditorium (where every Halloween there was a showing of "Phantom of the Opera" accompanied by a live organist) and studying piano, saxophone, and then guitar at IU as a child. 


Even though he attended Berklee College of Music (in Boston) when it was mostly a jazz school, playing in bands ranging from Death Metal Punk Thrash Hard Blues Country and Brazilian covers to producing hard house remixes for DJs and Hip-hop tracks for songwriters, John has always been drawn into contemporary styles.


John is fluent on guitar and cello and plays piano, bass, drums, as well as some other stranger instruments that he surrounds himself with. 


Today, John Swihart is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer-producer, who is committed to finding unique sounds and surprising instrument choices that resonate with the story to create unpredictable contemporary scores.

"When I first heard his Casio-inspired score that conjured the classic teen dweeb of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, I knew a truly original composer had arrived on the scene with John Swihart.  Of course, his music has since grown from that hilarious sound to encompass a wide range of genres. I can always count on hearing something wildly different and creative in John's approach, music that inspires me.  He remains one of the composers with a true voice that never fails to come across loud, and often eccentrically clear."


Daniel Schweiger

Film Music Journalist,

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