John von Seggern is a bassist, producer and DJ, relocated to Southern California after a decade spent performing and recording in Asia (Tokyo and Hong Kong) with some of the region's most influential artists.
John von now lives in Los Angeles, where he has been playing bass at some of the city's top jazz clubs and doing electronic sound design for film projects.
In 2010, he produced a new album of electronic jazz, Extreme Measures, a collaboration with West Coast musical innovators John Beasley, Steve Tavaglione, Gary Novak, and Walt Fowler under the band name Simplexity.
He also contributed sound design effects and processing to Thomas Newman's Oscar-nominated soundtrack of the Pixar film WALL-E, as well as co-writing a live band score for forthcoming documentary A Million Spokes.
von Seggern first started playing music while a young student growing up in Nebraska, playing cello in the school orchestra. Turning to electric and then upright bass as a teenager, he got his first pro gigs in country bands playing street parties in small Midwestern prairie towns.
During his years at Minnesota’s Carleton College he majored in Music, studied jazz, and performed at numerous campus concerts and local venues with his jazz duo the Pretentious Art Ensemble (formed with pianist Mark Applebaum, now associate professor of composition at Stanford University). He also spent a semester abroad in India, near the ancient Buddhist and Hindu holy sites in Bodh Gaya and Varanasi, where he learned Indian music theory and studied the classical bamboo flute or bansuri.