Throughout his chaotic upbringing, music has always been a crucial aspect of John Kocher. Having to share time between two totally different home environments, he was tested both emotionally and musically; John discovered the true beauty of rock and roll music as he escaped to the sounds of Aerosmith and Pearl Jam. High school was clearly a struggle for John, yet finding a passion for playing music he loved led him to places he never thought he would find. He started his career as a part of several cover bands that entertained locally. With this experience John went off to St. Norbert College (Depere, WI) in hopes of finding himself as well as continuing his promising music career. At St. Norbert, John began delving into his own musical creativity as he wrote several songs and performed their debut for his friends. Not only did he realize his own talent and potential, others from the surrounding community also took notice. John was introduced to Goran Kralj from a local band known as The Gufs, a musician he had admired for years. With their similiar sound and style of music, Goran and John shared the stage at several different venues across Wisconsin including various college campuses. Aside from his solo career, John joined forces with a group of musicians from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin who became known as Risque. The group compiled a number of intriguing songs, recorded a full length album, and gigged around the Milwaukee area. The band began creating their own buzz with songs such as \'A Night Out\', \'The Result of Anger\', and \'Be Punk\' which was featured on WLZR Lazer 103\'s local licks. The members of Risque eventually branched out on their own, allowing John to focus solely on writing and recording his music. This has been an opportunity for him to get his own voice heard througout the Milwaukee music scene. Not only has John played various open mic\'s and coffee shops, he has also had a number of larger performances. He was able to play at the Rave with local band Spirit Creek as well as national acts Keane and Lifehouse. John is currently continuing to write, record, and perform his unforgettable music. In the last year, he has recently released his third album as a recording artist entitled \'Halfway Home\'. The album was produced by Mike Bliesner who has produced both Goran (of The Gufs) and The Gufs newest releases. John is definitely on his way to finding a successful career in the music business and looks forward to sharing what he has with people who are willing to give him the chance to be heard.
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