About

Christopher Johnson calls himself a New Media Artisan. So, what does that mean?

I was in fourth or fifth grade when I picked up a guitar for the first time to play church music. It didn’t take because I didn’t understand what I was doing and thus went in front of the church one Sunday and I was informed I would not be miked. The immense fear of stage fright was only compounded by being shamed for not practicing…

…years later after turning 18 and graduating from High School, I met Eric Boyce, who played “American Pie” and I recognized most of the chords. I bought a guitar the next day and within a week bought my first main guitar, Stoney Kingston Buckthorne, or so that was the name I gave it. Eric instructed me on some basic ideas in music and really fanned the flames of my creativity early on in my playing. I came up with the SPEKTRUM Creations Concept in 1993 and although it was originally named the SPECTRUM Concept, the idea has not changed. It was that same summer of 1993 that I met Don McLean (who wrote “American Pie”) and he was gracious enough to sign my guitar, Stoney.

In 1995 I met and talked with a number of professional musicians in Kansas City’s Westport area.  I met Zakk Wylde and talked with him a bit.  I met Slash and Eric Dover, as well as Gilby Clark and really the whole band.  Slash was gracious enough to talk with me about the music industry and what it takes to really make it for almost a full ten minutes.  The band even listened to a song I brought them on cassette tape.  It was 1995.

Eric Boyce and I played and wrote for several years and then life happened. I moved to Topeka, Eric got married and I started playing at a weekly Jam session at a local bar in Topeka in 1995. By the fall, I had booked a gig for me and my jam partners to play a show. The show went off okay for a solo acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter but I was expecting the other people to show up, which they did, during my second song. Well, the show must go on! But the severe stage fright compounded by being snubbed by my band…

Well, in that same fall, of 1995, I drafted the first copy of a screenplay that would contain the music of Eric and myself, entitled, “The Other Side Of Blue”. It was the first in a series of full-length screenplays that remain un-produced.  I may be releasing them, or posting them on the site at some point.  Most of the music for the film(s) have been released at least as of this writing.  Although there do seem to be a few stragglers out there that never made the cut…

Christopher Johnson in the Summer of 2002…

I continued to hone my graphic art and web design skills and increased my ability to record and edit audio and video.  When the opportunity to meet Matthew and Gunnar Nelson in downtown Denver, I jumped at it, bringing my guitar for them to sign in 2002.  Not only did both Matt and Gunnar sign Stoney, but they signed “Mr. Dolphin” on behalf of their father, Rick Nelson, around a Yin-Yang Dolphin sticker… It now obviously speaks to me as a veritable piece of rock n’ roll history.

In 2004 I released a book, “CodeBase” By Chris Johnson. 

July 17, 2005: Me with Jewel Kilcher, backstage in St. Louis at the Orpheum Theater…

From there I continued to work on music and production, exploring programming and the progress of technologies like Garageband on the Mac and the iPhone. I have worked and continue to work on being a recording artist and that’s mainly what you need to know about Christopher Johnson, New Media Artisan and Recording Artist.

Christopher Johnson with Stoney in 2017…
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