New York City
After a number or years in Connecticut radio, John Hancock began recording in New York City in 1986 as an assistant at Suzzane Ciani’s (Private Music/BMG) Ciani Musica. John then moved through a few Producer and engineering gigs with ABC and NBC radio networks before finding a home at Westwood One. There, through insightful interviews and bookings, he nurtured their East Coast presence in the emerging Alternative music industry. John was responsible for taking WW1s reputation for live mobile recording back into the studio, and was a forerunner of what has become now commonly referred to as “unplugged” performances. During this tenure there he was awarded Gold Plaques from Polygram and Capital records for his acoustic contributions on The Meatpuppets and Radiohead releases. Sony music also recognized his achievements in production, talent relations, interviewing, and recording by recruiting John to help develop youth programming and launch the SW radio networks (now Launch/ Yahoo). There he continued to interview and record until he left in 1995 to form Independence Productions.
Mr. Hancock found a niche with Independence Productions in the emerging world of streaming media and has since added Video production to repertoire. With clients such as Sonicnet, BMG Label group, Comedy Central, MTV, AOL, Getmusic.com, A&E’s Live by Request, Woodstock.com, Sirius XM Radio, RollingStone.com, RealNetworks - Rhapsody, and Barnes & Noble (to name a few) he has recorded and or broadcast everything from major live events such as Woodstock and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts to intimate solo performances. John’s specialty is still acoustic performances where his work is often re-purposed for commercial and promo releases.