John Bendy was born in Brooklyn, New York October, 5 1980. He started playing guitar at age 10 and his first gig was a school talent show at age 12 after just 2 years of playing. Since then there have been hundreds upon hundreds of gigs and late night jams.
Early in the 2000s John was taken under the wing of blues masters Bill Perry and Popa Chubby. He also shared the stage with the Bendy Pastorius Group of which he was a founding member along with his brother Mike Bendy on bass and Julius Pastorius on the drums since 2007.
John played guitar on Chrissie O’Dell’s 2010 release “If I Had a Dime” which charted extremely well on blues music charts around the nation. Also in 2010 John started playing with the Hipster Assassins featuring Felix Pastorius and Mike Bendy on bass, Chris Ward on saxophone, Michael Purcell on piano and Kenny Growhowski on drums. The band would go on to have a two year Monday night residency at New York City’s Zinc Bar where John was able to share the stage with such luminaries Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band) and Roy Hargrove.
2013 found John in Felix Pastorius’ The Social Experiment (1313) as well as the group Bendy Effect which he leads with his brother Mike.
Here’s a short YouTube playlist where you can hear some of John’s inventive guitar work. We’ve had him perform in our booth at NAMM, Brooklyn Guitar Show and have had the pleasure of catching him live numerous times at the 55 Bar and the Zinc Bar.
The story continues in 2014 and beyond. If you get a chance go see John play live.
John uses the Ana Echo, Hustle Drive, Ninety Orange, and Trelicopter, from the Mooer micro series.
John Bendy at Brooklyn Guitar Show!
Osiamo LLC participated in the Brooklyn Fall Guitar at Brooklyn Bowl on September 22nd. It was a beautiful fall day in Brooklyn and an enthusiastic crowd of avid guitars came down to the event.
We once again shared space with Phil Jones Pure Sound and Xotic Guitars and Effects, we enjoyed the accolades from the consumers.
We debuted both the Dr J pedals line and Dexter the octaver by Taurus. Dr. J pedals offer the famous “Boutique” sound, construction and vibe, at a price any musician can afford. With seven pedals in the line, all designed to be musical tools, you can expand your creativity. The Dexter Octaver is first of a new series from Taurus designed for guitarists as well as bassists. Dexter is a -1/+1 octaver that tracks equally as well on guitar and bass.
Past and future Osiamo artists of the months John Bendy and Teddy Kumpel graced us with both their presence and fine demo’ing!
Thanks to all who passed by to say hello.
John Bendy is just as smoking on guitar as his kid brother is on bass! We were lucky to get to hear him a couple of times each day in our booth @ NAMM. Listen to him performing with his brother Mike at our NAMM booth. John’s playing through our Taurus Stomp Head 4SL and some Mooer micro effect pedals.
Thanks a bunch, John! We’re looking forward to hearing more of your playing in the future.
John and Mike Bendy of Bendy Effect and Cris Tian of Visions of Atlantis will be demonstrating Osiamo products at NAMM 2013.
Friday 25th January
Bendy Effect 11:30
Cris Tian 2:30
Bendy Effect 4:30
Saturday 26th January
Cris Tian 11:30
Bendy Effect 2:30
Cris Tian 4:30
Sunday 27th January
Cris Tian 11:30
Bendy Effect 2:30