John Avila

This article is about the musician. For the saint, see John of Avila. For the farmer, see John B Avila.
John Avila

John Avila at the House of Blues, April 7, 2006
Background information
Birth name John Avila
Born San Gabriel, California
Genres Rock, hard rock, new wave, ska, alternative rock, Chicano rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bassist, keytarist
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Oingo Boingo, Food for Feet, The Mutaytor

John Avila is a Mexican American bassist and music producer, best known for being in the new wave band Oingo Boingo from 1984 to 1995.[1]


Avila co-founded the music group Food for Feet [2] in 1981, and played with them until 1991.[3]

In 1984, he joined Oingo Boingo, replacing bassist Kerry Hatch. He played with Boingo until 1995.

Avila has worked with many other musical acts including Psychotic Aztecs and Neville Staple in his backing band "The Hitmen".[4]

Avila owns and operates the recording studio, Brando's Paradise.[5]

He is currently the bass player in the Los Angeles-based multi-media group the Mutaytor.[6]


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