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Independent producer, engineer and composer and owner of Elmwood Recording Studios in Dallas. Principal songwriter of The Paper Chase and The Nighty Nite. Producer for St Vincent, Explosions in the Sky, Decemberists, Future Islands and more.

"Art that doesn't challenge is not interesting to me. I'm intoxicated by the stuff I don't understand, 'cause at the end of the day I — if I get something out of that, I'm a better producer, I'm a better listener, I'm a better everything." – John Congleton interviewed on NPR

Producer of some of the most cutting edge music over the past ten years, Grammy award-winning producer John Congleton is known for challenging the artists with whom he works and the listeners who enjoy their work. From his astounding drums sounds to the aggressive guitar sounds he conjures, Congleton defines modern record production.

Starting as a teenager in Dallas, Congleton studied and learned the craft of engineering from the ground up. While recording bands on the local scene, he developed into an engineer of note. Soon he was being called to record projects as diverse as Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, all the while continuing to work with the local indie rock scene. He took a break from Dallas to spend a year in Chicago working at Electrical Audio under the legendary Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, Bush etc) where he honed his now legendary quickness where he instinctually commits to the perfect sound. The speed at which he works continues to be a hallmark of technique.

Upon returning to Dallas, Congleton quickly established himself as the best producer in town. Soon he was producing the cream of the Dallas scene with albums by Midlake, Explosions in the Sky and Polyphonic Spree making a splash in the international indie rock scene. It was while working with the Polyphonic Spree he met Annie Clark, now better known as St. Vincent. Their partnership over six albums has won Grammy awards and been universally praised by critics as some of the most important music of our times.

In addition to his production work, Congleton has found time to release and tour behind seven albums and countless EP’s of original music released as The Paper Chase and John Congleton & the Nighty Nite.

Now based in Los Angeles, Congleton continues to grow and flourish. In addition to the repeat business from long-time clients, he’s now established among the best of the best. Recent productions of note include Sharon Van Etten, Future Islands, Decemberists, Wallows, Kimbra and many, many more.

“Congleton excels at finding a sound that’s complicated and idiosyncratic but still lush and heavily orchestrated.” - Stereogum

“At 38 years young, John Congleton is pretty much already a legend” - Consequence Of Sound
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John Congleton - Float On album art Modest Mouse Bukowski (Congleton / Godbey Remix) Modest Mouse - Float On (Single, Maxi) Epic UK 2004 Sell This Version
RR01 John Congleton - The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms’ Farm album art The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms' Farm Out Come The Knives (Remix Version) The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms' Farm - The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms’ Farm(CD, Album, Enh) Robot Radio Records RR01 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
John Congleton - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone album art Explosions In The Sky The Paper Chase Mix Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone (Album) Temporary Residence Limited US 2007 Sell This Version

Vocals

John Congleton - Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know album art The Paper Chase Daddys Got Your Nose The Paper Chase - Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know (Album) Beatville Records UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Hide The Kitchen Knives album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - Hide The Kitchen Knives (Album) Beatville Records US 2002 Sell This Version
John Congleton - God Bless Your Black Heart album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - God Bless Your Black Heart (Album) Trost Records US 2004 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Now You Are One Of Us album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - Now You Are One Of Us (Album) Kill Rock Stars US 2006 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Dimples album art The Nighty Nite The Nighty Nite - Dimples (EP) Graveface Records US 2011 Sell This Version
John Congleton - The Ride album art Nelly Furtado Tap Dancing Nelly Furtado - The Ride (Album) Nelstar Australia 2017 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

cpr001 John Congleton - Essays On: Frantic Desperation, Anihilation, And From Another Passerby. album art The Paper Chase, E-Class (2) , And Lugsole The Paper Chase, E-Class (2) , And Lugsole - Essays On: Frantic Desperation, Anihilation, And From Another Passerby.(CD) The Clandestine Project Recordings cpr001 US 1998 Sell This Version
magister ludi # 3 John Congleton - ...And The Machines Are Winning album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - ...And The Machines Are Winning(7") Magister Ludi Records magister ludi # 3 US 1999 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know album art The Paper Chase Apple Pies And Alibis and 14 more… The Paper Chase - Young Bodies Heal Quickly, You Know (Album) Beatville Records UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Cntrl-Alt-Delete-U album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - Cntrl-Alt-Delete-U (EP) Divot US 2001 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Hide The Kitchen Knives album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - Hide The Kitchen Knives (Album) Beatville Records US 2002 Sell This Version
28109-2 John Congleton - What Big Teeth You Have album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - What Big Teeth You Have(CD, EP, Enh) Southern Records 28109-2 UK & US 2003 Sell This Version
John Congleton - God Bless Your Black Heart album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - God Bless Your Black Heart (Album) Trost Records US 2004 Sell This Version
IR 046 John Congleton - The Riot Jack / I Did A Terrible Thing album art The Paper Chase / Will Johnson The Riot Jack (as Congleton) The Paper Chase / Will Johnson - The Riot Jack / I Did A Terrible Thing(7", Single) Idol Records IR 046 US 2004 Sell This Version
RR01 John Congleton - The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms’ Farm album art The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms' Farm The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms' Farm - The Paper Chase Meet Red Worms’ Farm(CD, Album, Enh) Robot Radio Records RR01 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Thumbsucker: Original Score album art Tim DeLaughter And The Polyphonic Spree Move Away And Shine (In A Dream Version) Tim DeLaughter And The Polyphonic Spree - Thumbsucker: Original Score (Album) Hollywood Records, Good Records UK 2005 Sell This Version
STICK-022 John Congleton - Cover Nick Cave album art The Paper Chase And Xiu Xiu God Is In The House (as Congleton) The Paper Chase And Xiu Xiu - Cover Nick Cave(7", Ltd) Stickfigure Records STICK-022 US 2005 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Now You Are One Of Us album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - Now You Are One Of Us (Album) Kill Rock Stars US 2006 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Micah P. Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra album art Micah P. Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra Micah P. Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra - Micah P. Hinson And The Red Empire Orchestra (Album) Full Time Hobby Europe 2008 Sell This Version
KRS502 John Congleton - Someday This Could All Be Yours Vol. 1 album art The Paper Chase The Paper Chase - Someday This Could All Be Yours Vol. 1(CD) Kill Rock Stars KRS502 US 2009 Sell This Version
John Congleton - Dimples album art The Nighty Nite The Nighty Nite - Dimples (EP) Graveface Records US 2011 Sell This Version
FFINC030 John Congleton - This Is Our Science album art Astronautalis Astronautalis - This Is Our Science(CD, Album) Fake Four Inc. FFINC030 US 2011 Sell This Version