Johnny Hatch is a Pop, Rock, Folk band and looking for New Fans, Radio Airplay, Wicked Fun Gigs Worldwide
Johnny Hatch – Happiness Instead
‘Catchy Pop-Rock-Folk Songs’
Johnny Hatch is an inspired songwriter & dynamic performer from Regina and Vancouver with a growing fondness for Los Angeles. Johnny's catchy name is matched by the songwriting and pro-recording on his album ‘Happiness Instead’. Johnny Hatch recently played several well-received shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Moose Jaw and even Whitehorse, Yukon (during the Breakout West Festival) winning many new fans. Johnny turns intuitive, inspired moments into well-crafted alternative Pop-Rock-Folk songs infused with passion.
‘Happiness Instead’ was recorded at Ze Studio near Regina except for the songs ‘Echo’ & ‘In L.A.’ recorded there and Los Angeles with Doug Deep (composer for TV shows such as Survivor). Happiness Instead contains universal stories and hummable melodies with anthemic choruses. Johnny Hatch was awarded a recording grant by SaskMusic. The album is the culmination of years of songwriting and months of recording. The Hatchman has just been invited to Vancouver by up & coming film director Pan Yannitsos to shoot a music video for ‘Echo’. (Pan screened his latest film at Sundance).
RADIO 3 songs added to rotation at Mix 103.9 FM Moose Jaw! Play-listed & spins at Rock 104 the Wolf Regina - NWCZ – Seattle, UMFM Winnipeg, CJTR Regina, CJMQ Sherbrooke, Quebec, CFBX Kamloops & more. Added to multiple online stations and podcasts across North America. Songs from the debut EP ‘Hot Traxx!!!’ (produced by David J. Taylor) received radio airplay at college radio across Canada and some commercial radio.
Key Tracks: ‘Happiness Instead’, ‘Echo’, ‘Let There Be Peace’ ‘Find the Door’, ‘Lucky Seven Yeah’
Influences: Canadian Rock & Roots Music, U2, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Elvis Costello, Stones, Beatles, the Cars, Led Zeppelin,
FILM & TV Songs Johnny has written and placed songs in a number of movies & TV shows most notably ‘Fubar is a Super Rocker’ the hit film Fubar. Johnny co-wrote and recorded the song with world-wide metal legend Thor. The song appeared on the soundtrack on Aquarius / EMI records alongside bands such as Sum 41, Sloan & Treblecharger and the video is included in the film DVD. Johnny rocked 3 tours of Western Canada with Thor, most notably opening for Nashville Pussy (Grammy nominees). Other credits include the Scooter Kids movie (Hollywood) & Canada’s Renegade Press TV show
THE LIVE SHOW The band sounds hot. The core of the live band is JH - Guitar/Vocals, Dave Fries-bass, Pat Kelly drums and amazing guitarist Gerry Pittet. These veteran musicians are among the most talented players anywhere in Canada. All join in on harmony vocals. Happiness Instead was produced by band-mate Dave Fries, a veteran pro with dozens of album credits, Johnny co-produced. Hatch also plans to spend more time in Los Angeles & Vancouver performing and co-writing. The band just played at McNallys Regina Dec 15.
Best Fan Comment Ever!! June 2011 from Matt Spelliscy (19 years old)
Hey bro! Nice seeing you this weekend at Relay For Life, LOVED IT!...you sure know how to tame a crowd of adoring fans John. You probably rank around eight in my all time favorite groups to see live, and that's considering U2, Billy Joel, Green Day, Panic At the Disco and some of my other favorites. I’ll load a truck of me and my excited friends and head out to see your next show. YOU ROCK!!!
Press & Industry Quotes
"Positive & upbeat, instantly infectious" Erin Harde - Leader Post Regina (Front cover & Feature article).
4/5 Stars – Excellent "..uplifting, melodic rock, pop & dance tunes that will stick in your head for days"
JJ Elliott - Spun Music
" A wonderful collection of songs with great musicianship & harmonies. I really enjoyed it."
John Donnelly Event Producer –Vancouver
"A world-class album in songwriting, performance & recording. I'm really enjoying listening to Happiness Instead" Steve McDonnell Artist & Magazine Publisher Buzzcity Magazine -Regina
"I reeeeally like the song 'Echo'. Dave & Johnny did a great job producing this record."
David J. Taylor Award-winning Producer & Artist, Regina
Notes Of Interest One of Johnny’s earliest bands was Neurotic Paperboy, a band Hatch co-founded with Juno winner Jason Plumb and opened for bands such as Soul Asylum & Pursuit of Happiness. After Johnny left to play & song-write around Europe for a year, the NP band became the Waltons and covered one of Johnny’s songs in concert on several major tours.
The Hatchman is self-employed full time in music. Johnny Hatch comes from friend’s nicknames for John Hatzitolios. He was born and raised in Regina to Greek parents, which was yet another cultural influence on his music and world outlook, tho he is a true prairie boy at heart.