The last ten years have been somewhat of a turbulent ride for John Prasec. From zero to hero and back whilst swimming with sharks in the music industry, minus a life jacket. John Prasec's first dabble at songwriting, way back when he was 18, hit the iTunes chart in Italy with a bang at no 44. The band has played to a crowd of over 4000 people, and John has had notable performances as frontman to the bands, “Wicked” in their summer tour of 2012, and “Ritual” during their reunion tour of 2014. To add to these sweet dreams, John has also sung alongside Europe’s guitarist, Kee Marcello amongst others.
John Prasec continues to propel his band forward into 2018, with determination, enthusiasm and pride, with both feet firmly on the ground. Although destiny has most certainly played its part, throw blood, sweat and tears into the mix, and you have LBC Records. The 2014 ep, “John Prasec” and the 2017 album,”Unchained,” released to good reviews, loud audience applause and the devil horns.
This heavy rock band continues to excel, with powerful, original material that engages its audience with every chord. They aim to thrill and leave their fans wanting more. John Prasec is bound for glory, but be warned, no matter where their ship sails, they'll be having a darn good time getting there. . . and so will you, if you hang around for the trip.
Band Name: John Prasec.
Formed In: 2007.
Location: London, UK.
Number of Albums released: 2
Record Label: LBC Records.
Genre: Heavy Rock.
Members: John Prasec ( Vocals) George GT Stergiou ( Lead Guitar) Enrique De La Verde ( Bass Guitar) Frederico Bianco (Rhythm Guitar) Bruno (Drums) Jimmy Pallagrossi (Session Drums)
The Sound: A mixture of Black Sabbath, Motorhead and Judas Priest.
Inspired By: Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Saxon, Judas Priest, Queen, Ac/Dc, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin.
- God saved Rock and Roll released on 6th November 2012
- God saved Rock and Roll hit iTunes charts in Italy, at position 44
- LBC Records set up 2014
- John Prasec Ep released on 26th September 2014
- "Unchained album released on 16th June 2017
- Played to an audience over 4000 in the Friday Grass Carnival Concert, Italy.
- Worked with Kee Marcello from Europe (2009)
- John Prasec sings with Slovinian band “Wicked”
- John Prasec sang lead vocals with heavy metal band Ritual (2014)
- Worked with Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen, 2009)
- Played in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and England.
- Illustrious band members: Roberto De Micheli (Guitar) and Alessandro Sala (Bass) from Rhapsody of Fire. Alberto Bravin (Keyboards) from PFM.
- John has produced 2 albums with Alessio Garavello (Powerquest, Dragonforce, A New Tomorrow)
- John assisted numerous bands at Terminal studios, London. Including: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher and Tame Impala.
- Unchained Tour Argentina Tour 2018
- Upcoming gig at The Monarch, 03/06/2018
- Playing at various clubs in the UK
- Continue to refine our techniques
- Write new material
- Record new album
- Produce new videos
- Grow our UK audience
- Connect with the world through social media
- Give our audiences shows they will remember
- Have a damn good time on stage!
- Expand our merchandise
- Continue to grow LBC records
- Sign up bands to LBC records
- South America Tour 2019
"God Save Rock and Roll"
"Give Me Your Heart"
Prologue to "Seventeen"
- Give Me Your Heart
- Sweet Case
- God Save Rock and Roll
- God Save Rock and Roll ( 2012 Single Edition)
- Iron Horse
- Raise Your Hands
- The One
- Take A Look
- You Are Driving Me Mad
- Ace of Spades
"John D. Prasec is a self-funded musician for ten years now, he has registered his own label and most of the administration he handles during the lunch break of his day job. It is hard work and a good portion of luck that his work over the past years came to a happy ending. Though maybe it is much more a matter of Karma, John believes: "Do good and good will happen to you. At some point, I didn’t have to ask for help anymore. It became a cycle of giving and taking. . ."
"... At that point he made an oath to his fans. Two years, 13 musicians and 3 countries later, John finally releases his debut record "John Prasec" The record includes five songs and it has that well-known John's trade mark hard rock balls to the wall sound thanks to the Expertise coproduction of Alessio Garavello (“Artemhis” , “Powerquest” and “A New Tomorrow”)"You’d better do it right or you won't do it at all "John says. . . "
“Light” was the highlight for me, as it contained some
impressive lead guitar and some heavy-hitting drums.
“This is five songs of pure, in your face, swaggering heavy rock.
Superb guitars and vocals. This is a must listen “
On The Road
Destined to be a rock star one day, John Prasec started playing drums at eight years old in his home town Trieste. He’d spend hours talking music with his buddy Daniele Dibiaggio, or playing in his high school band “Sunlow.” He quickly set his sights on stardom, and by fifteen, John was playing his first gig.
At eighteen, he put pen to paper and wrote: “God save Rock n Roll.” John sung and played drums, and Daniele played the keyboards, bass and guitar. To them the song was a dream, but the real test would be the audience. With fingers crossed, they played their tune to their friends, hoping that they would like it. To their surprise, they didn’t just like it, they loved it! It was a huge hit.
That song was to later launch John’s career, if only he and Danny could work out how to put a demo together! The boys didn’t have a clue how to go about it, but they were so excited, that come hell or high water, they were going to work it out, and they did. In just one week, they had managed to put together a large batch of homemade single cd’s.
They recorded that first demo on a computer with a very old version of cubase and a cd burner. They designed and printed the artwork, cut each one and put them in the sleeves, old school style. Before they knew it, the cd’s were flying out the door. The feedback was amazing and everyone wanted them to play. The boys’ hard work had definitely paid off.
One of their friends suggested they did a live show, and John and Danny jumped at the idea. Word got out and it wasn’t long before they hooked up with local guys, Alberto Bravin (Drums) Roberto De Micheli (guitar) Alessandro Sala (bass) - three phenomenal, professional musicians. Although these guys already had other musical obligations, they liked the idea of being part of a light hearted and fun side project.
With a few more original songs in their repertoire, and just four rehearsals, the John Prasec band smashed it out of the park, at their first gig in the Oblivion Pub in Trieste. On the 27th March 2007, they played a mixed set of classic rock covers (Deep purple, Led Zeppelin, Rainbow and Queen) and their own original music. The pub was rammed, and the crowd went ballistic. The John Prasec band killed it that night, and with such success came the obvious requests for bookings and more shows.
They went on to play a few more gigs to rapturous applause, and John soon started to realise that this thing had legs. The problem was he didn’t have a committed band. As more dedication became a requirement, the various band members started to go their own way. This meant John had to go on another mission to find new players. After some time, Alberto was replaced by Jimi Bolco, Roberto was replaced by Luca Lunardis, (aka Lion Kubajashy) and Saverio Gaglianese replaced Alex Sala. New band, new start. They went on to play shows all over Italy and in 2008 they started to record their new material.
By 2009, they enjoyed significant show successes including, the “Friday Grass Carnival” concert in Muggia, Italy, where they played to a crowd of over 4000 people. To add to this momentous occasion, was yet another memorable live show in Trieste. John Prasec performed alongside guest lead guitarist, Kee Marcello from rock band Europe in a sold-out theatre.
In the summer of 2012 John took a short break from his band and sung lead vocals with the Slovenian rock band “Wicked”.
Later that year, John decided to take up an offer to sign up with a prestigious record label in Milan. John met with the producer who really liked what he’d heard and decided to publish; “God Save Rock n Roll.” The song was released on iTunes on the 6th of November, and hit the Italian charts with a bang, reaching position 44. It gained lots of exposure and of course, publicity. Ultimately skyrocketing John’s popularity and fan base in both Italy and Japan. The John Prasec band was flying high.
An excellent result for the record label. With such momentum, the only way was up, or was it? Out of the blue, with no explanation, the label announced they were replacing the artistic manager. You’d forgive John for assuming the record company had an ace up their sleeve.
Instead of diamonds, however, what he got was the ace of spades. In the form of an uninterested party who couldn’t care less about the music, and even less about where the band was headed. John didn’t know what had hit him, one minute the band were in the shiny limelight, and the next, they were down the toilet!
John had signed a five-year contract, and the label owned them. They didn’t care about John’s protests. He could rant all he liked, it was their way and that was that. He’d quite literally signed the band to the devil.
The label wanted John’s pre-recorded material, but he refused to hand the files over. Eventually, they offered him a get out clause, for the princely sum of £30,000. John’s response is unprintable, but believe me when I tell you, the sun doesn’t go there! It was sink or swim time, and there was no way John was staying with these sharks. He pored over the contract to find a loophole that would release him from this hell.
When something is meant to be, it happens, and for John Prasec, it seemed fate was in his favour. The contract had been poorly written, omitting such things as copyright and royalty clauses in certain countries.
So that was it, no need to sleep on it. John had had enough. The band had played everywhere there was to play, and there was no room for manoeuvre. They had come to the end of the road, in Italy at least. It was time to breathe a new kind of air.
He bribed the studio engineer, copied the files to his hard drive, obtained a visa for Canada, packed his bags, and jumped on a plane to …… London. His plan was to have a brief stay there, catch up and say farewell to long-term friends, Ed and Stefania before relocating.
Technically, he hadn’t broken his contract, and the record label had learned a valuable lesson. He wasn’t anyone’s puppet. If anyone was going to be pulling the strings, it certainly wasn’t going to be them.
After the record label fiasco, John went on to enjoy some much-needed downtime with his friends. During this time, he continued to make plans for his upcoming travel. That is until fate stepped in, and Ed Randall declared that he was planning to buy a rehearsal studio. Suffice to say, this was music to John’s ears. It put a whole new slant on things, and all thoughts of Canada shot out of the window.
He was fortunate to meet with many interesting people like Alessio Garavello, the studio engineer. When they were introduced, it was as if they’d had known each other for years. Maybe it was the common love of music or just a natural affinity. Either way, John felt a connection with many of the musicians that used to frequent the studios.
It was an exciting time helping Ed set things up at Rogue studios. In fact, he was having so much fun, that when his visa finally expired, he didn’t even realise! Everything was going really well, and John was in his element. He loved being at the studios and couldn’t have wished for more. However, it soon became obvious that Ed had other ideas, when he revealed to Alessio that John’s song had been in the charts.
Not one for having the wool pulled over his eyes, Alessio did a google search on John. He nearly fell off his chair when he realised he wasn’t kidding. He asked John if he had any more songs he could hear, and of course, he did (remember the hard drive?) But, after his bitter experience, John was disillusioned with the music business. He was quite sure he was done. It had been a very stressful time and he had no interest in going anywhere near that road again.
Alessio understood John’s reluctance, but managed to persuade John to bring his hard drive in the next day. They listened to the tracks in the control room and Alessio was truly impressed. He told John he would be completely nuts if he didn’t go ahead and publish the songs straight away. John wasn’t convinced, but Alessio kept on, reminding him that he was free to do what he wanted. The contract had no hold over him here. He already had the music files, and this meant he was already 80% of the way there. It was simply a case of re-recording the vocal lines, mixing, mastering it, and a bit of dubbing here n there. So John went away and toyed with the idea. He searched his soul for direction and soon realised that Alessio was right. It was time to move on and get some kind of closure. After all, what was the alternative? Leaving the tracks gathering dust in a drawer somewhere for the next 20 years and then later agonising over “what if I had done this or done that.” No, that wasn’t the John Prasec way. It was time to take a leap of faith, take Alessio at his word, and go for it.
Together they worked on it and finished producing the EP quickly. The next step for John was to set up his own record label and see where this journey would take him. It was a project that took a long time to accomplish. As the song goes, once bitten twice shy. Naturally, it was important that he got everything right. John made sure he covered every angle and had complete control. In a moment of madness, and maybe a few too many Jack Daniel’s, John came up with name, “Lola Bumpher Conspiracy” aka L.B.C. Records to release his EP, the self-titled, “John Prasec” on 26th September 2014.
The album received a lot of adulation especially in Italy and Japan, and even started to get reviews. The response re-ignited his passion, and his earlier feelings of retiring quickly vanished. Yet what was next on the cards was anyone’s guess. Unsure of which direction to go, John choose to put the feelers out around the studio for some session playing. This led to a stint as frontman to the Heavy metal band, “Ritual,” covering their 2015 reunion tour.
His Rock mojo was back in full swing, and he decided it was time to relaunch the John Prasec band.
During the early days of the studio, John had met and became good friends with Bruno Tolosa. Aware of John’s plans, he put him in touch with a guy called Adam Eric Milde, an experienced rhythm guitar player. Together they worked at John’s home recording studio, in his small room in Ealing, putting his songs and ideas together. They turned out a song a week, and three months later had a finished demo for the album, “Unchained.”
Brilliant! But Adam had returned home to Argentina after recording his parts for the album, and once again, John had no band to play the rest of the music. He set about putting all his energies into finding players for his band, but no matter how hard he tried, it just wasn’t happening. Either no one was interested, they didn’t have the technical ability, or they wanted more money than the budget would allow. This became a pattern of events that was to reoccur all too often.
It was time to think outside the box. So much so, it lead to a couple of phone calls to Trieste and his old buddies Daniele and Luca. John put his dilemma to them, and the solution came. “Yeah man, it’s 2015 we have FaceTime, we’ll do it, why not!”
So that’s what they did! They used FaceTime and Google Drive to share the files, and went from demo to pre-production. They were almost there, except for one hitch, they needed a drummer. John contacted several drummers in London, but they all wanted too much money. Frustrated, John finally contacted Bruno. He hadn’t approached him before, because he knew he was busy recording a new album with his own band ”El Brano”, but it had to be worth a shot. Bruno asked when he was planning to record, and as luck would have it, they set a date for the first week in January 2016.
The scene for this amazing collaboration was set. Vocals and drums in the UK, bass and lead guitars in Trieste! The guys put together a system to enable them to record their individual sessions in two studios in two countries, at the same time. You can imagine the pace at which they worked, when for example they were recording drums here in London, editing and then bouncing the track over to Trieste.
Luca would record the bass over Bruno’s drums down on the Adriatic shoreline, while the next section of drums, were recorded by the River Thames. Then it would be over to London again to add Adam’s “re-amped” rhythm guitars, and back to Trieste for Luca’s leads and Daniele’s Keys & Hammond.
The drums alone were a mission to complete. Bruno was suffering with severe back problems at the time and it was only through his dog-eared determination, and lying down between takes that he got through it. John spent eight hours a day, for four day in row in the booth. He had a maximum of three takes per song to record his vocals or blow his budget.
It was the only way to get it done, but it also meant that the organization and discipline involved kept them on budget and schedule. The album was released on 16 of June 2017.
John contacted some big labels, and the consensus was that it was good and they liked it. However they didn’t think there was a market for it, and the answer for now, was no. Rather than feeling disappointment, it spurred him on. The very fact that he had even had a response, was enough to give him hope. Maybe, just maybe, they had something.
By now, you know the drill; John was stuck without a band. It was like a bad habit he couldn’t kick. The only consistency with the John Prasec band, was John Prasec himself. He spent months trying to find the right people to put together, but it was the same old story. Eventually though, his persistence paid off and he managed to put a line up together with Grigor Zaka (drums) Federico Bianco (guitar), Enrique de le verde (bass) and Jose Costa (lead guitar). They played together for 3 months, but the chemistry wasn’t quite right and John wasn’t willing to compromise anymore. It was do or die and he wasn’t planning on lying down.
John brought in Mathieu Spaeter to play lead guitar and Jimmy Pallagrosi to play session drums, until he met up with George Gt Stergiou who then took over solo duties from Mathieu. Unfortunately, this association also didn’t last long, and Bruno returned to the stool to finally stabilise and ignite the line-up. This turned out to be a great combination. It was agreed that in order for Bruno to continue with his other band, that Jimmy would play session drums. This in turn gave Jimmy the time he wanted to spend on his solo career and everyone was happy.
This turned out to be a great combination and ten years down the line, John finally had the band he had always wanted. Together they are rocking out new material, and the guys are on fire. Chemistry is key, and the John Prasec boys finally have it.
By Jen Rock