John Hancock

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Based out of Salt Lake City, UT, the multi-instrumentalist and obviously multi-talented John Hancock is said to have written some 1,000 arrangements for various artists, many of them involving string…
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Based out of Salt Lake City, UT, the multi-instrumentalist and obviously multi-talented John Hancock is said to have written some 1,000 arrangements for various artists, many of them involving string sections or at least what sounds like a string section to the folks who dance to house music. If nothing else, this aspect of his credits represents a body of orchestral writing badly in need of analysis by whatever experts in this genre can be dragged out of the disco.

Hancock's locale of choice for his busy arranging, recording, composing, and production facilities indicates a comfort level with the Christian lifestyle that is also represented in his discography. Indeed, social critics who jump to conclusions about the relative ribaldry, perhaps even sinful nature, of house and the resulting rave scene may find Hancock's participation in CCM as hard to reconcile as the traditional split between gospel and blues. This artist has also done fine work with various female vocalists, including songwriting, instrumental, and production collaborations with Julie DeAzevedo. Hancock puts his musical talents on-stage in groups such as Kaskade and the Late Night Alumni, also co-writing the latter group's steamy side entitled "Eros."