John was born and raised in Homer Glen, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017 with a degree in arts and culture journalism. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Missouri studying the relationship between social media users and digital magazine companies. In his free time, John likes to play guitar or bass, read, watch Chicago (Go White Sox!) or Mizzou sports, watch professional wrestling and of course, listen to music. He predominantly listens to classic rock (AC/DC, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin) or country (George Strait, Zac Brown Band, Chris Stapleton), although he listens to genres and groups across the board.