Arts & Entertainment Industry Forum: John Mueller

Drummer, percussionist, and composer Jon Mueller presents to FAMIS students (04/04/2011).

About Jon Mueller

Drummer, percussionist, composer, and writer Jon Mueller constantly explores and pushes the potential of drums, percussion, and sound to express ideas and emotions. During the 1990s and 2000s, Mueller was the drummer in the bands Pele and Collections of Colonies of Bees, both of which released numerous records and toured internationally. Later, he joined bandmates from these groups and vocalist Justin Vernon of Bon Iver to form Volcano Choir, whose 2013 record Repave debuted at #40 on Billboard album charts. The group performed on NBS's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performed multiple sold-out tours around the world, and performed at international festivals such as Primavera and Osheaga.

During this time, Mueller also owned the recording label and promotion company Crouton, which published and promoted over forty releases from artists such as The Hafler Trio, Asmus Tietchens, Z’EV, Osso Exotico, Daniel Menche, Jason Kahn, Raymond Dijkstra, Richard Chartier, Lionel Marchetti, Robert Hampson, and Jarboe, among others. Crouton also planned and hosted events for artists around the world in Milwaukee and Chicago.

Starting in 2013, Mueller created and directed Death Blues, a multi-disciplinary project featuring music recordings, performances, writing, video, and dance, and more. Through the scope of the project, Death Blues issued several critically-acclaimed recordings, including Non-fiction, which was cited as one of the twenty best avant albums of 2014 by Rolling Stone, and Ensemble, which was featured on NPR’s First Listen.

In 2016, Mueller joined the expanded lineup of Jaime Fennelly's Mind Over Mirrors; the new lineup's debut record, Undying Color, received critical acclaim from NPR and The Quietus, among others. He has also published two works of fiction, Pianobread and Endings, and contributed non-fiction writing to ChangeThis and Pear Noir!.