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As the co-producer and songwriter for the Warner Bros. act Mephisto Odyssey, Johnston has gained the reputation of an eclectic (his band had been classified as everything from jazz to drum’n'bass) and a great remixer. Indeed, the remixes of “So What” by Jane’s Addiction first brought him to the attention of Warner Bros.’ in 1999, and the remixes of Static X’s album Machine (2001) brought Johnston full circle — back into the realm of rock where he started. Johnston didn’t start out as a techno-head; like many current electronic artists, he got his start in the rock scene.

In 1993 (just after the collapse of the hair band regime), Johnston decided to put aside his rock roots and check out the as-yet-uncharted territory of electronica. It proved to be a wise career move for him, his first single, the self-released “Dream of the Black Dahlia,”  (under the Mephisto Odyssey moniker) earned kudos from Bay Area promoters and the international underground scene. Johnston continued to release singles on the Mephisto label and eventually was signed to the progressive West Coast label City of Angels, where they shared the talent roster with future breakbeat kings Crystal Method. Success followed success; and soon the act was signed to Warner Bros. and swiftly evolved from underground darlings to crossover potentials.

Following Johnston’s tenure at Warner Bros. he’s continued his diverse journey as an artist, engineer, mixer, remixer and producer working with such artists as: I am The World Trade CenterThe Sounds, Smash MouthGoapeleMephisto OdysseyDresden & JohnstonLily AllenMorgan PageBTEnrique IglesiasNadia AliSome EmberBlondieOh No & Chris KeysTheCrystalMethodThe Lovemakers and Sleep Party People among others.

by L. Katz Allmusic.com

 

Studio / Selected Gear

Speakers

 

- Barefoot MicroMain 35 monitors

 

- Adam Audio Sub8 subwoofer

 

- 2 x Dynaudio BM5a

 

Microphones

 

- Lawson L47

 

- Wunder Fet CM7

 

- Langevin CR3A

 

- 2 x Neumann KM 184

 

Synthesizers

 

- Studio Electronics Omega 8

 

- Oberheim Two Voice Pro

 

- Oberheim Matrix 6

 

- Roland MKS-70

 

- Roland MKS – 30

 

- Korg DW-8000

 

- Ensoniq ESQ-1

 

Guitars / Basses

 

- Fender Empress Wood Telecaaster

 

- Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster

 

- Fender Modern Player Thinline Telecaster

 

- Lakland Skyline 44-64 P Bass

 

- Taylor 310 Acoustic

 

Guitar Amps

 

- Vox AC-15

 

- Orange Tiny Terror

 

- Orange PPC-112 Celestion Vintage 30

 

Selected Credits

 

Artist

 

Release / Track

 

Label

 

Year

 

Credit

 

Jane’s Addiction

So What (maxi-single)

Warner Bros.

1999

Remixer Additional Production

Los Amigos Invisibles

Mi Linda (single)

Luaka Bop

1999

Remixer

Static-X

Push-It (single)

Warner Bros.

2000

Remixer

Soul Coughing

Rolling (Single)

Warner Bros.

2000

Remixer

Mephisto Odyssey

The Deep Red Connection (LP)

Warner Bros.

2000

Writer Producer Engineer

Joe Rogan

Voodoo Punani (single)

Warner Bros.

2001

Remixer

I Am The World Trade Center

The Cover Up (LP)

Gammon

2003

Producer / Mixer

The Matches

3-Way Vol. 1 (EP)

Takeover / Epitaph

2005

Producer Engineer Mixer

Smash Mouth

Summer Girls (LP)

Beautiful Bomb

2006

Assist. Engineer

The Sounds

Dying To Say This To You (LP)

New Line Records

2006

Engineer

Goapele

Don’t Be Shy (EP)

Skyblaze Music

2008

Mixer

Lily Allen

The Fear (single)

Capitol

2009

Remixer

Nadia Ali

Love Story (single)

Smile In Bed

2009

Remixer

BT

The Unbreakable

Nettwerk

2009

Remixer

The Crystal Method

Black Rainbows

Tiny-e / Black Hole

2010

Remixer

Owl City

Hello Seattle

Universal

2010

Remixer

Dresden & Johnston

Keep Faith (single)

Problem Child

2010

Writer Producer Engineer

Morgan Page

I’ve Had Friends

Nettwerk

2010

Remixer

Enrique Iglesias

Tonight

Universal Republic

2011

Remixer

The Swerve

Wonder EP

Pop Twist

2011

Writer Producer Engineer

Blondie

Rock On (single)

Noble ID

2012

Mixer

Blondie

Mile High

Noble ID

2013

Mixer

Sanjoy Deb ft. Sunidhi Chauhan

Ab Laut Aa

Kunal Agarwal Productions

2013

Mixer

The Lovemakers

Beautiful Master

Self Released

2014

Mixer

El Elle

Tramp

TBD

2014

Mixer

Sleep Party People

Floating LP

Blood & Biscuits

2014

Producer, Writer, Mixer

Blondie

I Screwed Up

Noble ID

2014

Co-Writer

 


Honors & Awards

 

Publication

 

Date

 

Chart

 

Album / Song

 

Artist

 

Chart Position

 

Credit

 

Billboard

01/29/2000

Maxi-Singles

So What

Jane’s Addiction

30

Remixer Additional Production

Billboard

04/01/2000

Hot Dance Break Out

The Lift

Mephisto Odyssey

3

Writer Producer

Engineer

Billboard

05/20/2000

Maxi-Singles

Push-it

Static-X

5

Remixer

Billboard

06/10/2000

Hot Dance Club Play

The Lift

Mephisto Odyssey

43

Writer Producer Engineer

Billboard

08/05/2000

Hot Dance Break Out

Sexy Dancer

Mephisto Odyssey

2

Writer Producer Engineer

Billboard

08/07/2004

Top 200

Beneath Between Beyond

Static-X

139

Writer Producer Engineer

Billboard

04/08/2006

Top 200

Dying To Say This To You

The Sounds

107

Engineer

Billboard

04/08/2006

Heat Seekers

Dying To Say This To You

The Sounds

1

Engineer

Billboard

04/08/2006

Independent Albums

Dying To Say This To You

The Sounds

9

Engineer

Rolling Stone

2006

Top 100 Songs Of 2006

Tony The Beat

The Sounds

43

Engineer

Billboard

12/02/2006

Adult Top 40

So Insane

Smash Mouth

25

Assist. Engineer

Billboard

04/04/2009

Hot Dance Club Play

The Fear

Lily Allen

1

Remixer

Billboard

04/18/2009

Hot Dance Club Play

Love Story

Nadia Ali

1

Remixer

Billboard

06/19/2010

Hot Dance Club Play

Keep Faith

Dresden & Johnston

10

Writer Producer Engineer

Billboard

02/05/2011

Hot Dance Club Play

Tonight

Enrique Iglesias

1

Remixer

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Mikael is available to work with select artists on production, tracking and mixing.
 
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Mikael Johnston mixing a Sanjoy Deb remix of “Mashooqana”  on an SSL 9000 J for a Bollywood soundtrack at Freq Labs in SF. Photo by Sanjoy Deb May 5, 2013.

Mikael Johnston Mixing on an SSL 9000 J

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