“You can’t categorize his music. It doesn’t fit into a specific genre.” said one fan. It’s true. Johnny’s music draws upon his affinity for all things Rock ’N’ Roll: Rockabilly, Motown, Punk, Outlaw Country and more. He was born in El Toro, California and spent most of his life living between LA, Inland Empire, and Orange County.
His first band—Final Drive—was a short lived psychobilly/punk band based out of Orange County, California. In 2008, he joined The Woolly Bandits—a garage rock band based out of Los Angeles—playing the organ and guitar. As part of The Woolly Bandits, he toured Europe, Canada, and the United States. They performed shows with the likes of Billy Corgan, Sky Saxon and the Seeds, The Damned, The Adolescents, Nels Cline and many others.
Apart from his solo music, Ironsights is a film composer and historian. In 2006, he composed the score to director Danielle Agnello's film Lime Salted Love, starring Kristanna Loken and Kate del Castillo.
In 2014, he moved to New Delhi, India for ten months as a Fulbright Student Research Scholar. While in New Delhi, he researched the little known history of African American jazz musicians that left racism and Jim Crow laws in the USA to pursue careers in British Colonial India.
After leaving the PhD history program at UCSC in 2017, he relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and restarted his solo act. He released his debut EP "Watered Down Faith" in February 2019.
His most recent EP, “Devil’s On My Back” delves into the personal and the paranormal with songs about his brother's meth addiction and recovery, to the loss of a close friend. The song “Final Ride” is dedicated to his friend Gina. It tells the story of an angel’s willingness to shed his wings and surrender his immortality in order to save her life.
On April 21, 2020, Johnny will release the single “A Song For You” written by Gram Parsons. He’s dedicating the song to his father that he lost in December 2019 to bladder cancer.