Proudly serving the NYC music community for more than 15 years.
Let's be honest, 2020 was an odd year for the music business. Yet Brian Speaker worked on more than 30 albums, EPs and singles last year for artists like Proper., Two Feet, St. Lenox, Timothy Dark, Jeffrey Lewis, The Resistance Company and Dave Deporis.
Hailing from West Lafayette, Indiana, Brian began a career in music with his grunge rock band Sabaretto. Sabaretto gained notoriety with its critically acclaimed album, Swing (1994). Later, writing, recording, performing and touring throughout the world, Brian found his focus and pioneered his journey into recording music.
Live tracking bands and drum sounds are a large part of what draws the talent from the New York City indie rock scene to Brian's work load. He has worked with Grammy award winning drummer Ulysses Owens (Christian McBride, Kurt Elling), Grammy nominated Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and Lady Gaga's, George "Spanky" McCurdy.
Speaker has recorded and produced hundreds of albums that include Crazy & the Brains, Adam Green, Hamell On Trial, Ani DiFranco, Kimya Dawson, M Lamar and many more. As a producer, Brian helps guide a musical production to a fantastic finish, offering arrangement, melodic or harmonic ideas or simply giving an artist the right mood or intention on a vocal delivery.
With more than 15 years experience mixing music, Speaker has a sharp understanding of what makes a mix work. A critical listener and a lover of sounds in spaces, Brian uses his deep tool kit to create emotion within a mix.
Speaker's mastering catalogue is vast. What is mastering? Mastering is the critical stage before your music hits the listener. This is where precisely tuned ears and years of experience come into play. EQ and frequency are paramount.
From direction, arrangement and songwriting, to performing drums, bass, guitars, synth or singing, Brian fills in wherever he is needed. His production work on the critically acclaimed 2015 album, Manhattan by Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts, was touted as, "…one of Lewis' clearest, best-recorded and arranged albums to date", by Allmusic and, "One of his strongest outings ever." by Spin Magazine. And folk-rock troubadour, Adam Green, calls it, "...a Masterpiece!"
Whether you want to record a song or an album, clean up or spice up your current mixes with a seasoned pro, Brian has the ability to do whatever it takes to guide your project to an outstanding finish. With a history of making great records that capture the true essence of artists and bands of all shapes and sizes, Brian Speaker can bring out the best in you.
"Life is what's happening while you're listening to music."