The younger brother of famed Olympic Studios engineer Glyn Johns, Andy Johns has a list of clients as impressive as they come, both as an engineer and later a producer. After first starting out as a tape operator at Olympic Studios, Johns had moved on to working as Eddie Kramer's second engineer on classic recordings by Jimi Hendrix and many others by the time he turned nineteen. By the late 60’s, Johns had the opportunity to work with the best of the British Rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, and The Rolling Stones, to name a few. He is most well known for his incredible work on arguably two of the greatest masterpieces of the classic Rock era, Led Zeppelin’s IV and Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones. In fact, during The Rolling Stones impressive hit streak from 1968-1973 and leading up to the completion of Exile on Main Street, Johns actually traveled with the band to the south of France, documenting the personal mayhem and manic creative spirit that resulted in the classic Exile on Main Street album.
Johns left London around 1975 and soon after, got to work on some successful projects with Rod Stewart and Eddie Money. Since moving to L.A. in the mid-‘70s, Johns continued to be a much sought after engineer and producer, working on such hard rock projects as Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, which won a GRAMMY® for “Best Hard Rock Performance,” as well as Joe Satriani’s The Extremist. Most recently, he has been involved with projects by Steve Miller, Willie Nelson, and Godsmack’s IV album, which debuted at number one and has been certified platinum. After 40 years in the business, Johns is still one of the best in the business and still strives to create those perfect musical moments where, as he says, “...the music [is] so good, it just takes everything away, and you feel quite happy. I don’t care what happens to me later, this is ok… I’ll live for this.”