With no formal musical training, Bass Player/Producer John Heintz has managed to accomplish something quite extraordinary: he founded the musical ultra group The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, which is made up of an astounding 150 musicians, and it continues to grow. This is a collection of some of the most talented artists in the business from 90 of the hottest bands in the world. He has taken on a feat that few would dare to tackle.
He began a partnership with producer Frank Mapstone in 2007 and they began working on The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 1”. Much of the production was done at George Clinton’s music studio in Florida, and it was during this time that Heintz quickly discovered Clinton’s artwork and began to acquire several select pieces. He now owns a large portion of Clinton’s work.
Heintz has worked with such legends as Clinton and members of Parliament Funkadelic, members of Sly and the Family Stone, Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, War, Jane’s Addiction, Fishbone, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, 311 and the list goes on (and on).
Life for Heintz wasn’t always spent in the studio producing music and playing bass. Born in Indiana in 1976, his early days were filled with a love of music, but it wasn’t his first career stop. The world of business temporarily steered him in a different direction. As luck would have it, his early inclinations would pull him back and lead him towards his current path in the music industry.
By age thirty, he was in the world he loves, producing music. In 2008, he debuted the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown as a live act headlining the Loki Festival. The next year saw him working hard to bring in new players to the project and by 2011, he had acquired a large portion of his art collection, expanding that collection to other artists such as Emek, Steve Caballero, Shepard Fairey, Courtenay Pollock and Adam Strange. This was also the year that Heintz decided to move to Los Angeles.
That same year, Heintz began working with Dogtown and Z-Boys legend Jay Adams, helping him to build a market for his original artwork and wildly popular hand-painted skateboard decks. This was also the year that Heintz and Mapstone released The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown’s debut “Volume 1” album. The Getdown would go on to win the 2011 “Funk/Groove Song of the Year” at the HMMA’s.
He continued to put the pedal to the metal and production began in 2013 on “Volume 2”. He spent much of that year in the studio, building his band and his brand.
The next year saw him expand even further, working with Art Ford of The World Song Network. This pursuit paid off with placement opportunities for his artists. He also got an education in music publishing. 2014 was also the beginning of a working relationship with songstress Taylor Dayne. Together they worked on new music, as well as music placement opportunities for the singer.
Last year Heintz began working out of Studio 606, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighter’s private spot. A lucky place to record, as it houses the iconic “Sound City” mixing console, this is where Heintz worked diligently to complete The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown’s “Volume 2”. The album will drop October 27th 2017.
With no plans to stop expanding on what he’s built, Heintz will continue to recruit legendary musicians and create music. He remains busy at Studio 606 working on “Volume 3” with plans for an eventual 4th volume.