Musician, Guitarist, Sydney Australia
Fractured Avasion - 1977 - 78
Bad news - 1978 - 80
Rock 7 - 1980 - 83
Ironheart - 1983 - 86
Labrats - 1986 - 89
Full Moon Radio - 1990 - 91
Blackboard Jungle - 1992 - 97
His Majesty - 1992 - 94
Tiny Tim - 1992 - 93
Alpha State - 1994 - 95
The Sunshine Crowd - 1995 - 97
Good Time Charlie - 1997 - 2001
John Botica's alibi - 2001 - 2003
RockMonster - 2008 - 2017
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"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,
a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs.
There's also a negative side."
Hunter S. Thompson
John Botica began life as a musician at the age of fifteen. His first band of note was the mid 1980's Sydney based heavy rock band Ironheart. Following the breakup of Ironheart in 1986 John formed The Labrats with drummer Brendon Venner and bassist Mark O'Connor and reluctantly took on the lead vocals, something which he had not done since 1978 in his first three piece outfit called Bad News.
After a year and a half of performing their unique brand of blistering heavy rocking punk in venues all over Sydney the Labrats eventually travelled to England where they performed on the London underground circuit up until their disbanding in 1990. A year later John returned to Australia where he and Venner formed yet another three piece called Full Moon Radio. Although FMR had a rather short lifespan it did manage to record a self titled mini album which appeared on the AMO label and was distributed through Mighty Boy Records.
In 1992 following the breakup of Full Moon Radio, John found himself as lead guitarist for His Majesty, a band featuring ex AC/DC and Masters Apprentices Colin and Denny Burgess. It was with this band that John worked with the late American songster Tiny Tim, appearing live on stage and on his last three recorded studio albums, all of which were produced by the late Australian artist Martin Sharp.
In 1995 John joined ex Widowed Isis violinist Marvin Druid in the forming of The Sunshine Crowd. The band recorded an as yet to be released album which was produced by Jim Hilbun of the Angels.
Following this John rejoined His Majesty who had since changed their name to Good Time Charlie.
In 1997 Good Time Charlie recorded an album titled "Adults Only" and twice toured South East Asia promoting it. In 2000 John left Good Time Charlie and went on to form his own band "John Botica's alibi". He recorded his self produced debut album titled "Between the Shadows" which was released in 2003 on the "Laughing Outlaw Records" label.
Since 2008 John has regularly been playing the pubs and clubs, delivering passionate and fiery renditions of some of the greatest classic tracks of the 60's and 70's with the Sydney based rock band Rock Monster.
In November 2015 John performed live on stage along with ex members of legendary Australian bands The Atlantics and The Whispers as the backing band for Australian music and entertainment legend Johnny Young for his induction into the Australian Song Writers Hall of Fame. The band played original renditions of Johnny's classic hit singles 'Smiley' and 'The Real Thing' made famous by Ronnie Burns and Russell Morris respectively.
John left Rock Monster in January 2017, however briefly returned some nine months later in order to play four shows as part of the 'Rock the Boat 7 cruise', essentially an eight day rock festival upon the high seas headlined by Status Quo, the Baby Animals, Angry Anderson and a host of other top line acts.