About John Dissed


After years of various collaborations with vocalists, guitarist John Dissed began singing and recording his own songs in the fall of 2007.

As a guitarist, Dissed has spent the past four years performing throughout the Southwest with Los Angeles female-fronted punks, Bull Lee.

A song co-written and co-produced by John (“Mr. Madness” as performed by the artist Manda Mosher) was chosen as Rock Single of the Year by the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2006. He also co-wrote the song “Not What Love is For” on Mosher’s debut album Everything You Need, released in April, 2009 on Red Parlor Records.

In January, 2008, John announced that he would unveil a new solo acoustic track per week for the entire year. Alternating between originals and covers by such artists as David Bowie, The Clash, Johnny Thunders, The Ramones, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, the songs were announced via Myspace Bulletins and Blog entries.

The original songs comprise five solo EPs on the DIY Bull Lee Records label, distributed by CD Baby, iTunes and the other major online digital music retailers.

In May of 2009, John began podcasting. The following is from a post on JohnDissed.com:

The Bull Pit podcast began two years ago as a way to promote the music of Bull Lee, a band I play guitar for here in Los Angeles. It only lasted a summer. In May of ’09 I decided to start it up again, but with a different format.

I play some songs by bands you know, but mostly songs by bands you’ve never heard. There is some great music out there that will never be played by the mainstream media. Rock isn’t dead, but it would be if it weren’t for podcasting and other forms of alternative media. The mission of the show is to spread the word about bands that rock and deserve to be heard. I figure if I’m in a DIY band, I should do what I can to help legitimize DIY music in general. I am ashamed to admit that most of the music I have bought in my life was put out by corporations. I am putting a stop to that this year. The labels are run by bean counters that know or care nothing about art. It used to work, but not anymore.

Art has got to exist on its own, apart from the bottom line, because artists are the only ones who do what they do without compromise.