John Avila (born January 14, 1957 in San Gabriel, California) is an American bassist and music producer. He is perhaps best known as the bassist of the Los Angeles based New Wave band Oingo Boingo from 1984 to 1995. He was also a member/co-founder of the group Food for Feet from 1981 to 1991. Avila has worked with many other musical acts, and in addition owns and operates his own recording studio, Brando's Paradise.

Biography Edit

Avila Was born on January 14, 1957 in San Gabriel, California. he began playing guitar at age a six and at age 16 taught himself to play bass. In 1981, he co-founded Food For Feet. They were a power trio that toured extensively and recorded two cd's for Doctor Dream Records. The band developed a worldwide fan base and became known for their often unpredictable live shows. Food For Feet would remain together until 1991. In 1984, John was tipped off by good friend Johnny 'Vatos' Hernandez, drummer for 'Oingo Boingo', that the band was looking for a bass player. John went down to audition and John was asked to join the band. Thus began a musical tenure that would last eleven years. they brike up in 1995. The show was later released on CD and home video and dvd. (The video was later nominated for a 'Grammy')

Discography Edit

With Food For Feet Edit

  • Food For Feet – Order LP
  • Food For Feet – Food For Feet EP

With Oingo Boingo Edit

  • Oingo Boingo – Farewell, Live From the Universal Amphitheatre LP
  • Oingo Boingo – Boingo LP
  • Oingo Boingo – Alive LP
  • Oingo Boingo – Boi-ngo LP
  • Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party LP

As a session Musician Edit

  • CID – CID LP
  • Brandon – Age of Awakening LP; Love Song ’91; New England
  • Steve Vai – Fire Garden LP; The Crying Machine
  • Doug and the Mystics – New Hat LP
  • Robby Krieger – No Habla LP
  • Patrick Moraz – Time Code LP
  • Psychotic Aztecs – Santa Sanore EP
  • Sol D’ Menta – El Concepto LP; Padre
  • Robby Krieger – Cinematix LP
  • Act of Faith – Jade LP
  • Jennifer Nash – LP
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