John Goodfellow was raised in Seattle, and has lived in Alaska, San Francisco, New York and Utah and currently resides in Seattle. The best way to understand John is to imagine him with a toolbox in one hand and a briefcase in the other, Interpreted as his practical and theoretical sides. Some of his more memorable early experiences are hitch hiking around the country, working on the North Slope in the oil fields and in the Alaska fisheries. During this period he also published the literary magazine CAKE and wrote the published essay: "Technology and the Production of Meaning".
In 2004 John was inspired to bring his love for Russian bath culture that he experienced in New York to Seattle. He formed a team to create a modern interpretation of this bath culture. His vision and work lead to Banya 5, a New York- Russian style traditional urban bath house. Banya has blossomed into a thriving community.
At the same time John was developing Banya he self produced and recorded two albums, "Songs of Awe" and "ExTant" and is working on his third. Seattle Weekly has called him "weirdo folk", "unhinged" and "totally out-of-sight" and compared him to Captain Beefheart, Jeffrey Lewis, Daniel Johnston, and Kimya Dawson. He considers himself very lyrically driven and is attracted to Middle Eastern song elements. "What works for me is rawness and simplicity, which contributes to cathartic, spiritual experience."