Veteran music producer & recording engineer. Full service music production!
Video testimonial featuring Chris Urban of Crazy & The Brains, Claudi of Pink Louds, Erik Garlington of Proper., Danielle Kolker & Jesse Sternberg of Out of System Transfer, Jeffrey Lewis, Samuel Barron, and Gillian Visco of Shadow Monster.
Working on more than three hundred albums, and thousands of songs spanning two decades, Brian Speaker’s discography continues to shape the sound of the 21st century.
Hailing from West Lafayette, Indiana, Brian began a career in music fronting the 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 workload. 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.
Notable collaborations include St. Lenox, Crazy & the Brains, Adam Green, Hamell On Trial, Ani DiFranco, Kimya Dawson, Sly &Robbie, 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 vocal delivery.
With years of experience mixing music, Speaker has a sharp understanding of what makes a mix work. A critical listener and lover of sounds in spaces, Brian uses his deep tool kit to create emotion within a mix.
Speaker's mastering catalog 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.
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 does 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."