Jonathan Diener

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BornJune 27, 1988
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Musician
  • Comic writer
  • Freelance journalist
  • Coffee company owner
  • Marketing creative director

Jono Diener (born June 27, 1988) is an American musician, comic writer, freelance journalist, coffee company owner and marketing creative director. Primarily known for founding, drumming, and songwriting for Flint, Michigan-based punk rock group, The Swellers and later No Trigger. He also toured with The Early November.

Diener began drumming at 9 years old, then at 14 years old started The Swellers with his brother Nick Diener in 2002. First signing to Search and Rescue Records and touring nationally, soon began international ventures to over 28 countries around the world. In 2009, The Swellers signed to Fueled by Ramen, home to Paramore, Twenty One Pilots, fun., and other large names.

Their Fueled By Ramen debut, titled Ups and Downsizing, was recorded at Drasik Studios in Chicago, IL by Mark Michalik and was released on September 29, 2009. In support of the album, The Swellers toured as an opening act for Paramore's 'Brand New Eyes' tour, which began on September 29, 2009.

The Swellers ended in 2015, and Diener moved on to start his own music projects, becoming a hired gun drummer, freelance writer, published comic writer, and creative director for various companies.


Jonathan Diener is an internationally touring musician having played in the bands The Swellers, Baggage, BRAIDEDVEINS, No Trigger, 84 Tigers (featuring members of Small Brown Bike) and has been a hired gun drummer for The Early November and Versus The World.

He was runner-up in DRUM! Magazine's unk Drummer Of The Year in 2011[1][2] and 2012.

Freelance Writer

After blogging for years and guest columns on pop punk music sites Property of Zack and Absolute Punk, Diener's first paid writing gig was for Noisey[3], Vice's music offshoot. He then wrote for Alternative Press, punk rock satire site The Hard Times, Flint Beat[4], and Flintside.[5]

Comic Writer

In 2018, Diener curated a Flint Water Crisis charity comic anthology called HOPE: A Comic For Flint[6] which was later published by Source Point Press in 2019 and renamed to A Comic For Flint: HOPE. The comic raised over $3,000 for The Compass, a Michigan Community Services, Inc. program aiding adults with developmental disabilities.

Diener was featured in anthologies like Everything Is Going Wrong: Maybe Someday (A Wave Blue World), and later wrote the comic for ska supergroup The Inevitables debut. The Inevitables features members of Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Big D and the Kids Table, Westbound Train, and Jeff Rosenstock's band.


  • The Swellers - Beginning of the End Again (Search And Rescue Records) 2005
  • The Swellers - My Everest (Search And Rescue Records) 2007
  • The Swellers - Ups and Downsizing (Fueled By Ramen) 2009
  • The Swellers - Good For Me (Fueled By Ramen) 2011
  • The Swellers - Running out of Places To Go (Snowbird Songs) 2012
  • The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors (No Sleep Records) 2013
  • BRAIDEDVEINS - Future/Forever (Save Your Generation Records) 2013
  • BRAIDEDVEINS - S/T (self-released) 2015
  • BRAIDEDVEINS - Counternarratives I: What Did You Do To Survive (Dropping Bombs) 2017
  • Baggage - Cheaper Than Therapy (Snowbird Songs) 2015
  • Baggage - The Good That Never Comes (Snowbird Songs) 2017
  • Baggage - Life In Misophonia (Smartpunk Records) 2019
  • No Trigger - Untitled (TBA) 2022
  • 84 Tigers - Untitled (TBA) 2022


In the fall of 2020, Diener and entrepreneur friend Sean Murray started Rootless Coffee Co.[7] in Flint, Michigan. As Chief Creative Officer, Diener used the small batch, high-end coffee roasting company to collaborate with comic artists like Brian Level, Liana Kangas, and Cara McGee to create the bag designs. The company then worked with professional wrestler and internet sensation, Danhausen (wrestler), to create Danhausen Coffeehausen, a signature roast that soon became the company's best-selling coffee.

In January 2021, Diener was hired as Creative Director for KARMA jack Digital Marketing Agency[8] in Detroit. There he oversaw a creative team, dozens of websites with clients ranging from E!'s Botched's own Dr. Paul Nassif and many companies of all sizes and industries.


  2. "Awards 2011". DRUM! Magazine. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2022-01-03.

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