JohnJohn began a two piece pop rock and
Latin soul infused band, formed by Anthony Worn and Ben Viellefon.
They met in unusual circumstances. Anthony started as a musician
at 15 and played all over the UK for ten years, while Ben
played in France, Switzerland, Belgium and the USA before
coming to London. They both found the London music scene very
depressing with more emphasis on connections than music. It
seemed nobody was interested in listening to real live music
anymore! Ben was ready to give up; working in the media industry
and Anthony planned to leave the country to play elsewhere.
By a strange twist of fate, Anthony and
Ben were neighbours for two years without ever meeting. In
July 2001, their paths crossed: whilst looking at the larger
flat next door Ben found a guitar almost everywhere he went.
Recognizing a kindred spirit he dragged Anthony next door
to play. They jammed and 'Summer Spell' was born along with
the start of the band.
Composing at an unprecedented rate, they
haven't stopped playing since. So far, the philosophy behind
the music is to sing and play live, needing no programming
or production, therefore remaining self sufficient. If songs
are strong enough, they stand on their own!
The guys quickly realized that their music
was ready to take the next step - by incorporating drumming,
reinforcing the rhythm backbone of the band. They first hired
a session drummer, then hired top Finish drummer Kari Paavla.