ALL ABOUT JOHN MITCHELL
John Mitchell is an English musician, songwriter and record producer.
A multi-instrumentalist who predominantly sings and plays guitar, Mitchell is a member of several popular progressive rock bands, including Frost*, It Bites and Arena. John releases his solo music under the pseudonym Lonely Robot. John also masterminded the bands Kino and The Urbane and played bass for alternative rock band A.
John has performed live with the likes of John Wetton (Asia) and Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) to name a few.
John is also a record producer and sound engineer at Outhouse Studios, his own recording studio in Reading, UK, where he has recorded and produced music for a number of mainstream rock artists including Enter Shikari, You Me At Six, Steven Wilson, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Architects, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses, Funeral for a Friend, Deaf Havana and many more.
John is a massive enthusiast of sailing and vintage cars (notably Jaguar) and is currently finding it increasingly hard to navigate his driveway!
LONELY ROBOT – THE BIG DREAM
Following 2015’s acclaimed debut ‘Please Come Home’, ‘The Big Dream’ has a core theme running through it – one that sees The Astronaut, the central character in the Lonely Robot adventure, emerging from a long period in stasis.
Mitchell explains: “The Astronaut wakes up from a cryogenic sleep but finds he’s no longer in space, and is instead in a woodland area surrounded by a group of strange people with animal heads! It’s a little surreal, a little ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to some extent. This is something of a solipsistic haze, for want of a better description!
I have always envisaged the storyline of The Astronaut’s journey evolving over the course of three albums. And I always knew where I wanted to go with the second album – taking The Astronaut away from space and into a strange and unfamiliar environment. Right now, I have no thoughts of what will happen for the third one but I’d better start thinking about it now!”
Lonely Robot band lineup – JM – guitars & vocals, Craig Blundell – drums (Steven Wilson), Liam Holmes – keys (Touchstone), Steve Vantsis – bass (Fish)