John Fryer (born 1958) is an English record producer. Best known for his production work, he also branched out as a musician as one of only two constant members of This Mortal Coil (along with Ivo Watts-Russell), providing keyboards, strings and synthesizer sequencing for the band, and its offshoot, The Hope Blister.


Starting out at Blackwing Studios in south London, Fryer's early career saw him working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget and Cocteau Twins. It was his work with the last band, helping to develop their pioneering ethereal and ambient sound, that led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his musical and producing partner for This Mortal Coil.

Fryer is also known for his production work in the industrial rock genre, working with Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward and Gravity Kills. He worked with Dope Stars Inc, the Italian industrial rock band, on their debut album, " //Neuromance ". [5] He also produced, engineered and mixed The Schools' Spellemannspris (which won a Norwegian Grammy), and mixed the US breakthrough album for Jesus Jones, Doubt . More recently, Fryer has also started his own label, Something To Listen To.

In early 2010, Fryer began collaborating with Stripmall Architecture vocalist Rebecca Coseboom under the name Dark Drive Clinic. [3] The pair released their debut album, Noise in My Head , in October 2011.

In 2013 Fryer started collaborating with Pinky Turzo and formed the band Silver Ghost Shimmer and released their debut album “Soft Landing” on May 1, 2015 In 2014 Fryer started collaborating with Louise Fraser with the band Muricidae and released 2 EPs in 2015, “Tales From A silent Ocean” and “Tears Are Stronger Than Waves”. In 2016 Fryer started his music project Black Needle Noise collaborating with an array of talented singer from across many genres of popular music, including such artists as, Zialand, Jarboe (Swans, Neurosis),, Ledfoot, Andreas Elevens, Antic Clay, Attasalina, Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul, Purr Machine), Spectra Paris, Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delirium), Mimi Page (Delirium), Jennie Vee (also bassist in Hole), Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo), Omniflux (Puscifer), Kendra Frost (Kite Base), Andrea Kerr (Colt), Sivert Hoyem, Tara Busch (I Speak Machine) and Dr. Strangefryer. John Fryer and Black Needle Noise are now working with No Devotion Records.




  • Noise In My Head (2011) — as DarkDriveClinic
  • Noise In My Head reMix Album Part 1 (2012) — as DarkDriveClinic

As Producer



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