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Justin Meldal-Johnsen

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Justin Meldal-Johnsen (born 1970 in Eugene, Oregon, USA) is a bassist, best known for his work with Grammy Award-winning artist Beck.

Meldal-Johnsen, aka JMJ, grew up listening to his parents’ records and received his first bass guitar at the age of twelve. After high school, he worked the night shift as a janitor at Cherokee Recording Studios in Los Angeles, where he met Gene Simmons, Lou Reed and David Campbell, a prolific and successful string arranger. At 17, JMJ started working as Campbell’s assistant and was introduced to his son, Beck. They formed a long-lasting career together—JMJ was the bassist and music director for Beck’s band for almost a decade.

JMJ’s has recorded bass for a diverse roster of acts: Air, Tori Amos, Garbage, the Dixie Chicks, among others. He co-wrote several songs with singer Macy Gray, and acted as music director for Gnarls Barkley, assembling their live band for their first US performances in 2006. JMJ is currently playing as the touring bassist for Nine Inch Nails.

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  • MaisonElai

    saw nin last summer...love beck, love nin...this man was in fact, hypnotizing....you can tell he truly enjoys his craft!

    13 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Fithfull

    He is a really great musician and he's also kind and nice. He's behaviour during concert is hypnotizing :) I've got his sign and i wish to see him live again!

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • adore_me

    ew.

    13 Mar 2009 Reply
  • charlotte98

    JMJ is the man! Hope I get to meet him on the next NIN tour :)

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    I hope he tours with Beck again :p

    20 Dec 2008 Reply

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