John Dragonetti

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John Dragonetti
Also known asJack Drag, ToneTiger
BornJackson, Michigan, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • record producer
  • composer
  • engineer
Years active1996–present

John Dragonetti is an American composer, songwriter, and music producer based in Los Angeles, California. He is also a founding member (along with Blake Hazard) of the band The Submarines.

Early life[edit]

Dragonetti was born in Jackson, MI. His family moved to Egypt, where his father was principal of the American School in Cairo, at age 5. He spent most of his childhood in Dubai, U.A.E before attending boarding school in Nicosia, Cyprus. After high school at TASIS in Cyprus, John moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music.[1]

Pop career[edit]

Based in Boston in 1996, Dragonetti began recording on 4-track cassette under the moniker Jack Drag. These home recordings were released by the Chapel Hill-based label, Hep-Cat. He later signed to A&M Records and released the band’s only major label LP, Dope Box, which was produced by Chris Shaw. Dragonetti released two more self-produced Jack Drag albums, Aviating and The Sun Inside.[2]

In 2006 he formed The Submarines with Blake Hazard. The band toured extensively and released three albums on Nettwerk Records. The group's songs were heavily placed in films, television shows, and commercials such as Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Nip/Tuck. Most notably was for Apple’s iPhone ad campaign. The company licensed two songs, "Submarine Symphonika" and "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie" from Honeysuckle Weeks.[3]

Film and television[edit]

Dragonetti's first film score was for Doug Pray's Surfwise. He has also worked extensively with director Brian Knappenberger, composing the music for The Internet's Own Boy and We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.[4] Among his television scores are the FX series Married and AMC’s Small Town Security. Dragonetti has also composed music for commercials including Volkswagen, Lexus, and Coca-Cola.[5]


Film and television [6][edit]

Producer discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Label
2014 Dylan Gardner Adventures In Real Time Bingo Masters Records
2011 Chadwick Stokes Simmerkane II Nettwerk Records
2011 The Submarines Love Notes/Letter Bombs Nettwerk Records
2008 The Submarines Honeysuckle Weeks Nettwerk Records
2006 The Submarines Declare a New State! Nettwerk Records


Title Year Artist(s)
Moving to Brussels [7] 2015 Bhi Bhiman
Girlfriend [8] 2010 Avril Lavigne
Oh, La 2009 Ra Ra Riot
Close Your Eyes We Are Blind [9] 2008 Alaska In Winter
Hot Pink, Distorted [10] 2006 50 Foot Wave
Otherside 2002 Josh Ritter


  1. ^ Bergen, Molly. "LAist Interview: John Dragonetti of The Submarines". LAist. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  2. ^ "jackdrag :: disco :: jack drag". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  3. ^ Miller, Dan (2009-02-06). "The Submarines' 'Bourgeoisie' Gets a Boost From Feature in iPhone Commercials". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  4. ^ Cooke, Emmett (2014-02-03). "Composer Interview: John Dragonetti". Film and Game Composers.
  5. ^ "John Dragonetti". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  6. ^ "John Dragonetti". IMDb.
  7. ^ "Song Premiere: Bhi Bhiman's "Moving to Brussels," Remixed by John Dragonetti of the Submarines". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Album Girlfriend EP de Avril Lavigne | Qobuz : Téléchargez et streamez en haute qualité".
  9. ^ "Cargo".
  10. ^ "50 Foot Wave – Hot Pink, Distorted (2006, Pink & Clear, Vinyl)". Discogs.