John Morgan Askew is a Portland, Oregon-based musician and producer, mixer and engineer who also composes original music for film, television, and advertisement.
Askew got his start in California in the mid-1980's, playing and touring in bands and learning to record on analog 4-track, 8-track, and 16-track machines. In 1996, Askew moved to Portland and became a recording engineer at Type Foundry Recording. During his early years in Portland, Askew wrote, produced and recorded three full-length albums for his band Tracker, and toured and shared shows with bands such as Giant Sand, Calexico, The Decemberists, Black Heart Procession, M. Ward, and Death Cab For Cutie. In 1998 Askew started and operated the record label FILMguerrero. Now an imprint owned and operated by Barsuk records, FILMguerrero released albums by Menomena, Manta Ray, Holy Sons, Laura Veirs, Transmissionary Six, Mount Analog, Norfolk and Western and Tracker.
As a producer and recording/mixing engineer, Askew has worked with The Dodos, Alela Diane, Neko Case, Peggy Sue, Rosie Thomas, House of Wolves, Laura Veirs, Glen Phillips, Corin Tucker Band, Richmond Fontaine, The Delines, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, Lost Lander, Tu Fawning, and Ramona Falls.
Askew began composing for film, television, and advertising after apprenticing in 2005 with composers Reinhold Heil and Bruce Winter during their work with HBO’s Deadwood and John From Cincinnati. After receiving critical acclaim in 2005 for his original soundtrack to the Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Blankets by Craig Thompson, Askew was asked to score his first feature film Calvin Marshall (starring Steve Zahn). Askew has since gone on to compose and record music for film and television projects including the feature films , How The Fire Fell (a co-score with Joe Haege), and Nightscape: Road Without End; Redwood Highway and Black Road as well as the feature documentaries When Giants Fall, We Grew Wings, There Is No Finish Line: Joan Benoit Samuelson, Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers, and Builderman: Bill Bowerman, and IFC’s television series Portlandia, and Lion’s Gate’s series The Ultimate Ride. In 2011, Askew received the NorthWest Film Forum’s Composer Award at the Local Sightings Film Festival for the score to Brett Eichenberger’s feature film Light of Mine. In 2012 Askew started work on Disney Junior’s animated television series Jake and The Neverland Pirates with producers Kevin Hendrickson and Loren Hoskins. Askew has created original score for over 50 episodes of the show.
In 2014, Askew completed the score to the feature film and the award-winning feature documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply. His music was also recently featured in the HBO series Silicon Valley and the film August: Osage County, as well as in two groundbreaking commercials for Honey Graham’s national “This is Wholesome” campaign.
Currently. Askew is scoring the feature film Phoenix, OR (starring James Le Gros).
Scenic Burrows is the recording studio in the basement of Askew's home.