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Carl on stage with ESO

Having studied a the BRIT School, along artists like Adele, Jessie J, Katy B, Charlene Soraia and Stefan from The Midnight Beast Carl joined Civillian, who had previously toured up and down the UK with Drowning Pool and Ill Niño. This was in conjunction with starting his own recording studio, working as both a producer and an audio engineer.

During this time he started to work for the local open air festival which was gaining huge popularity, enabling him to record some higher profile acts.

This spurred him onto starting his own musical project to fulfil the need to perform on stage, and Silent Disguise was born. It projected him into a new area of music that also fuelled the studio to let it grow into it's own space in the industry.

It was after two years of working on these two projects, and helping the a local band named Esoterica, that a re-formed version of Civillian asked him to fill in on a show, where the members of ESO (formerly Esoterica) were that night.

As soon as ESO heard the news that their guitarist was leaving the band, Carl was asked to fill in on their headline tour. 

A week before the tour was due to start, they were asked to go out with Marilyn Manson for the same week they had planned the headline tour for, so they rearranged the headline tour and went out to Europe.

On the last show of the tour, the band asked him to join as a full time member which he accepted, and now plays as part of both ESO and Ibrakai (formerly Silent Disguise).

In late 2013 Carl went back into the studio with Legendary Producer Matt Hyde to record the debut EP for his newest project, Nations. 

We're also delighted to announce that Carl came on board full time alongside Christian as Head of Audio for Sabre Studios in 2013.

ESO - It Rains Live. 

ESO's Carl Johnston Demoing his Signature Wraith CJM-103 Multiscale.


We developed the CJM-103 Signature very closely with Carl, He needed an instrument which would be capable of session-quality versatility whilst also being easily able to cope with regular changes in various extreme down-tunings. Drop C# is a tall order on a 6 string!With that in mind, a walnut body and multiscale design was the obvious choice. Settling on a subtle 25.5"-26.5" fan allows the CJM-103 to maintain bass-side string tension in drop-tunings, whilst also preserving the playability and clarity of the top strings for solo-work. The walnut body perfectly accentuates the lower-end whilst maintaining the sustain and warmth required for a truly versatile guitar. Through a collaboration with the awesome guys at Bare Knuckle Pickups we fitted Carl's guitar with a one-of-a-kind set of slanted 6 string Painkillers. Black hardware and a Midnight Burst over the Bookmatched Flame-Maple top finish it off! 

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