John Mallanda a.k.a. Professor John is an independent, solo, experimental funk artist based out of Atlanta, GA who has a very unique sound. The combination of live bass guitar, real instrumentation, and electronic production sets Professor John apart from similar artists. John’s electric bass guitar performance has been compared to the playing of Les Claypool, Marcus Miller, and Stanley Clarke, yet John’s background in hip-hop and R&B production makes for a one of a kind performance. John’s debut album, Freshman Orientation, was released in April 2016 and was featured in Bass Musician Magazine.
John started playing bass when he was 14 years old and soon after started playing with various groups throughout his high school days in Atlanta’s suburbs. After high school, John did not play in many bands; however, he kept busy by writing songs on his bass guitar. In 2012 Professor John played his first gig as a drum and bass duo, and in 2013, his debut EP, Funk in Session, was released. John knew he wanted to expand his sound, so he found a way to have great musical productions while performing as a solo artist. Since then, Professor John has played in a variety of venues and festivals around the South East.
Check out Professor John’s melodic, tasty solo-bass work on Bianca’s Song, a track from Freshman Orientation.