Huntington Beach native Johnny Zapp made his way on the Tempe, Arizona music scene in the late 1990s. As the go-to guy on guitars, bass and drums, Johnny was subbing and playing with many of the valley’s soon-to-be national acts. As the century turned, Zapp was taking calls to throw together local celebrity all-star bands for national celebrity events, benefits and just rousing good times in general. With revolving line-ups of LA and Tempe’s finest, the band – always under a different tongue-in-cheek moniker – consistently delivered, performing influential punk and rock covers that they all grew up on (Sex Pistols, Cheap Trick, New York Dolls, etc.)
In 2007, Johnny decided it was time to take a sabbatical from live performing (save for the occasional acoustic gig) in lieu of a lucrative career writing, recording and publishing rock music for film and television. With Johnny typically performing all guitars, bass, drums and vocals himself, his music is organic rock and roll deeply rooted in the 1970s. Some of Johnny’s television credits include Pimp My Ride; MTV 10 on Top, ESPN Coverage of the PGA Tour, various Red Bull promos and the Nat Geo travel/culinary/marine-life smash, Into The Drink, airing in 48 countries.
FM rock radio in major cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orange County, Philly and all over Europe also picked up a handful of Zapp’s singles. Additionally, he received honors across the 16th, 17th, and 18th annual Billboard Magazine Songwriting contests for the singles, “Alone Again,” “Poor Pitiful You,” “Want You Need You,” and “Dirty Good Time.” This modest success would lead to worldwide distribution through Island Def Jam Music Group, with nearly two dozen Johnny Zapp singles available for purchase via iTunes and most major digital media outlets.
2017 welcomes Johnny Zapp’s return to the stage playing guitar, bass or drums as a hired gun for bands all over the U.S. Check back often for the who, where and whens, as well as dates for solo gigs here and there.
Johnny is also a columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the women’s fashion, lifestyle and fitness magazine, FabUplus. Likewise, he freelances for several other major motorcycle, music, fashion and art & culture publications.
Johnny Zapp proudly endorses Curt Mangan Strings, Stage Ninja Instrument Cables and Clayton USA Picks and Accessories.