McEntire is the owner of Soma Electronic Music Studios in Chicago. McEntire attended Oberlin College, initially as a percussion major, eventually switching to study in the school's newly created program for Technology in Music and Related Arts. John is an accomplished producer and engineer having mixed and remixed countless recordings by many artists.
He produces and engineers most of the recordings for his own bands, as well as many of the solo efforts by bandmates Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, CJ Tingler(stagename), and Doug McCombs. He has also has engineered, produced, and/or mixed albums and tracks for many artists including: Bright Eyes, Kaki King, Tom Ze, The Ex, Smog, Eleventh Dream Day, Cougar, Antibalas, The For Carnation, Dianogah, U.S. Maple, Chicago Underground Duo, Pivot and The Fiery Furnaces. McEntire also produced the self-titled first release by Trans Am.