John Zuker enjoyed his first professional music engagement when he was 15 years old, playing jazz guitar at an after-hours bar in Chicago. His aspirations as a guitarist led him to Los Angeles where he further pursued a performing career while attending the University of Southern California’s School of Music. For the next several years, John played in the recording studios and night clubs of LA, while at the same time honing his skills in music composition and orchestration. As the technology in music and sound design rapidly advanced in the eighties and nineties, it opened up exciting new areas where John could further develop his talent and ideas.
With a partner, John co-founded Earshot Music Productions, where he was afforded the opportunity to create and produce music for a series of television commercials for a small, boutique advertising agency. This led to bigger agencies and bigger clients. Mazda, Nissan, Toshiba, Cal Fed, Mattel and Carl’s Jr. were among the clientele Earshot enjoyed working for. Later, after branching off on his own, John continued to work in the specialized field of music and sound design for advertising. During this period, he produced music and sound for companies like Hershey, Sega Corp. and Isuzu.
In 1993, John reunited with an old schoolmate from USC who was on a similar musical path. They decided to form their own commercial music production company with one of Hollywood’s top vocal arranger/producers, and so MBZ Music was born. In addition to creating music and sound design for commercials, John and his colleagues at MBZ also composed for longer form projects, including episodic television. They produced music for a great deal of animated programming, including The Addams Family, SwatKats, Life with Louie, Dumb and Dumber and The Powerpuff Girls.
Following his association at MBZ, John formed his own company, John Zuker Music, where he presently composes music and sound design for TV and radio commercials (7-Up, Macy’s, Georgio, Nokia, Hershey, SavOn, Banana Republic), television animation (Ozzie and Drix, Bugtime Adventures, Nickelodeon’s “Oh Yeah, Cartoons!”, Hyperman, The Artisan-Hyperion Christmas Video-feature series, Kangaroo Jack 2), live action television (Felicity, Diagnosis: Murder, Bonechillers) and feature films (Blood Makes Noise, Mind Games). In addition to his scoring credits, John's music has also been heard on ER, Friends, Access Hollywood, and Good Morning America.