John studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2006 he formed the group, SALEM with Heather Pineda and Jack Donoghue. He now DJ's under the name, JOHN THE BAPTISTE, creating a non-linear audio/visual narrative, or "Sound Collage". At Shared Space he entered into a freeform creative frenzy, spending each day drawing, painting, and collaging with found materials. He made mixes for the residents to listen to in the studio, and crafted a box set of his mixes on CD for the zine library.