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Alain Johannes

Johannes performing with Queens of the Stone Age at Lollapalooza 2006.
Background information
Born 1962
Genres Rock, alternative rock, hard rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, experimental rock, electronic, indie
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, recording engineer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, flamenco guitar, mandolin, banjo, lap steel guitar, keyboard, piano, organ, tabla, mridangam, santoor, theremin, flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, marxophone, fiddle
Years active 1980s–present
Labels MCA Records, Interscope Records, Rekords Rekords, Sire Records, Ipecac Recordings,
Associated acts Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Anthym, What Is This?, Jason Falkner, Jack Irons, Spinnerette, Chris Cornell, UNKLE, Mark Lanegan Band, Millionaire, Eagles of Death Metal, Mondo Generator, Them Crooked Vultures
Notable instruments
Motor Ave BelAire

Alain Johannes Moschulski (born 1962 in Chile[1]) is a guitarist and, along with his partner Natasha Shneider and drummer Jack Irons, a founding member of the band Eleven. As well as his work with Eleven, he has also collaborated with many other bands and artists such as Chris Cornell, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Mark Lanegan and The Desert Sessions, both as a musician and as a producer.



As a teenager Johannes formed the band Anthym with Hillel Slovak, Todd Strassman, and Jack Irons. This band was later renamed What Is This?. Todd Strassman was replaced by Michael Balzary (Flea), who was replaced, upon leaving the band, by Chris Hutchinson.

In 1987, Johannes and Natasha Shneider released the album Walk the Moon under the MCA label. Reportedly, Chris Hutchinson and Jack Irons played on some of its tracks.

Eleven was formed in 1990 and released their debut album Awake in a Dream in 1991, which included the pop based singles "Rainbows End" and "All Together". They followed this with regular releases Eleven in 1993, Thunk! in 1995, Avantgardedog in 2000, and Howling Book in 2003.

Johannes was the only other contributor on the 1996 debut album by Jason Falkner, Jason Falkner Presents Author Unknown. He was also a significant contributor to Chris Cornell's 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, both as a guitarist and producer. He also toured as part of Chris Cornell's band in support of this album. He mixed and played in Jack Irons' first solo record, Attention Dimension, released in 2004, and he co-wrote on Danish stonerrock outfit The Royal Highness.[2]

In 2005, he joined Queens of the Stone Age to play guitar as well as bass on Lullabies to Paralyze. He had previously guested on Lullabies' predecessor, Songs for the Deaf, having also co-written the track "Hanging Tree" during one of The Desert Sessions. He would participate in the tour for the album and appears on the live DVD, Over the Years and Through the Woods in the main concert. Johannes once again contributed a main role to Lullabies' follow up, Era Vulgaris, but he opted to concentrate on Eleven with Natasha and the pair bowed out of touring before the album's promotion started. Eleven no longer exists and Natasha has since passed away, but Alain remains a much sought-after musician.

He is currently a member of Brody Dalle's post-Distillers effort, Spinnerette.[3]

In August 2009 he joined as a touring member of the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones. Johannes is currently contributing guitar, bass, keyboards, and backing vocals on their 2009-2010 tour.

In late 2009, a song he co-wrote with Shneider, Time for Miracles, was recorded by Adam Lambert and used in the movie 2012.

Musical equipment

Johannes is the owner of the first Motor Ave BelaAire semihollow guitar which he spotted half way finished when he picked up a vintage Maton guitar which was being repaired by Motor Ave.[4] The BelAire can be seen used in the Over the Years and Through the Woods DVD where Johannes was seen sharing the responsibilities with Troy Van Leeuwen and using Epiphone semihollow body bass. Johannes is currently endorsed by Line 6 Amplifiers, and is listed as a user of their Flextone series of amps.

Selected discography

Throughout his career Johannes has worked with a wide range of artists and bands in various different genres both as a musician, record engineer and producer.[5]

Band or artist Album Year Credits
What Is This? Squeezed (EP) 1985 Vocals, guitar
What Is This? What Is This? Vocals
What Is This? 3 Out of 5 Live
Thelonious Monster Baby, You're Bummin' My Life out in a Supreme Fashion 1986 Flute, saxophone
Walk the Moon Walk the Moon 1987 Vocals, guitar, saxophone, programing, percussion, e.bow
Eleven Awake In A Dream 1991 Guitar
Sun 60 Only 1993
Melissa Ferrick Massive Blur
Eleven Eleven Guitar, vocals
Eleven Thunk 1995 Guitar, percussion, horn, sitar
Jason Falkner Presents Author Unknown 1996 Guitar
Gouds Thumb Gouds Thumb
Dalbello Whore
Chris Cornell Euphoria Morning 1999 Guitar, bass, backing vocals, theremin, mandolin, clarinet, tabla, production, mixing
Queens of the Stone Age Rated R 2000 Mixing
Eleven Avantgardedog Guitar, vocals, producer, engineer
No Doubt Return of Saturn Recording
The Desert Sessions Volume 7 & 8 2001 Guitar, fiddle, harmonium, saxophone, vocals, clavinet, udu, mixing
Live V Sitar, production
No Doubt Rock Steady 2002 Additional engineer
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf Organ, piano, guitar, theremin, lap steel guitar
UNKLE Never, Never, Land 2003 Remixing
Matt Costa Matt Costa EP Mastering
The Desert Sessions Volume 9 & 10 Guitar, bass, flute, vocals, mandolin, e-bow, keyboard
Mondo Generator A Drug Problem That Never Existed Engineer, mixing, mastering
Eleven Howling Book Guitar
Mark Lanegan Band Bubblegum 2004 Guitar, bass, drums, organ, keyboards, vocals, mixing, production
Sugarcult Palm Trees and Power Lines Additional guitar
Jack Irons Attention Dimension Banjo, flute, guitar, saxophone, vocals, sarod, engineer, mixing, marxophone, santoor
Masters of Reality Give Us Barabbas Editing
Eagles of Death Metal Peace Love Death Metal Piano, vocals, engineering, mastering, mixing
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze 2005 Bass, guitar, flute, marxophone
Queens of the Stone Age Over the Years and Through the Woods Bass, guitar, backing vocals
Miilonaire Paradisiac Mixing, reocrding
Eagles of Death Metal Death by Sexy 2006 Mixing
Wires on Fire Wires on Fire Saxophone, mixing, mastering, engineer
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris 2007 Bass, guitar, fiddle, marxophone, mixing
Silverchair Young Modern Slide guitar
Hilary Duff Dignity Mixing
Puscifer V is for Vagina Guitar
Spinnerette Ghetto Love EP 2008 Bass
Eagles of Death Metal Heart On Horn, engineer
The Gutter Twins Saturnalia Recording
Kelly Clarkson All I Ever Wanted 2009 Guitar
Nosfell Nosfell album Producing, mixing, guitar, marxophone, bass, cigfiddle
Spinnerette Spinnerette Production, mixing, engineer, bass, guitar, cigfiddle
Arctic Monkeys Humbug Engineer
Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures 2009 Recording, backing vocals


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