John is a songwriter/producer living in Los Angeles, CA. He has a degree from Berklee College of Music and has been recognized in international songwriting competitions including winner of Song of the Year November 2008 Pop category songwriting competition and 2-time finalist honors in Song of the Year competition. John has also appeared on the Broadjam Top Ten list multiple times.

John Rode Bio

John is a songwriter/producer from Chicago, Illinois and has been living in Los Angeles for the past 4 years.

He has been writing and producing for over 10 years and was trained at Berklee College of Music where he earned a degree in Film Scoring with Magna Cum Laude honors.

Shortly after Graduating in 2004, John moved to Los Angeles. Since living in Los Angeles, he has been recognized in international songwriting competitions and has recieved acclaim from numerous sources including: Song of the Year,, and

John has most recently released his first self-titled EP demonstrating his overall musicianship from writer to performer to producer. This release was also coupled with the launch of John Rode Music Production in 2008 that was created to advise and develop artists.

John has developed relationships with many professional muscicians and seeks to build the network of talent through John Rode Music Production.


over 30 days ago to John Rode

Hi John, thanks for the time you took writing the review of my song best friend. You are right in your critique I have never studied music let alone song structure. Do you have any good literature references you can suggest on composition theory and or song structure? I am just having a listen to some of your tunes now. Nice mellow tunes and clear engineering. All the best Pewana

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John Rode
over 30 days ago

6 Steps to Songwriting Success by Jason Blume is really helpful. I highly recommend reading his chapter on identifying song structures and then listening to your favorite Billboard top 100 list artists. You can go to to listen to almost any song you want. I analyzed over a hundred songs probably. Good exercise. Good luck!

Osea Codega
over 30 days ago to John Rode

Hi John,
thanks for the review of my track "promise (instrumental)". I've seen you have won the song of the year contest. I've been finalist on it too with my song "Icy eyes". Best regards. Osea

Chet Nichols
over 30 days ago to John Rode

Hi John,

Thanks for the kind review of my song, "The Offing" from my 1972 album, "Time Loop".
It has been acknowledged as an album that helped to define the Folk Acid Rock genre.

I recorded the album on 16-track 2" tape at Wally Heider's Studio in SF....which was the mecca of all the top artists at the time.

"Time Loop" was the very first album in the US to use the Dolby Sound Reduction system.

It was a real cutting edge record where we purposely did not use any drums on...because we wanted the freedom to create and move rhythms based on the acoustic guitar as the guide for the rhythms.

Check out the album at my Broadjam site....pop on some earphones to hear the whole process....which was the way we listened to records on the 70's.

Best of luck with your music. When I get a chance, I will stop by and enjoy your music.

Please stay in touch!


Chet Nichols
Inductee - The Kansas Music Hall Of Fame

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