Brian J. Kelley

Session Bassist/Music Producer

Brian J. Kelley on SoundBetter

Allow me to provide a bass line that will "speak" to your audience. With my 25+ years in this music business, I have worked with some amazingly, talented people from Al Jarreau, Charlie Wilson, and Tye Tribbett, so name just a few. Let's move mountains and reach your projects true potential!!!

My services provide an electric or synth bass line custom tailored for your projects need. This will not be a typical cookie-cutter, cliche line, but something that will exemplify the project as a whole. Once the song is received, I will listen to the entire song and provide the necessary attention it will need to your satisfaction. I am also a Music Producer and Sound Engineer. With this in mind, lets embark on a journey that will change lives through the power of music.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Brian J. Kelley

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I am particularly proud of my wife's Barbrah Kelley's project "Been Dun Quit". My role was musician, mix engineer, songwriter and producer. Very exciting!!!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am currently working on solo artist project involving myself entitled "The BK Project".

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: At present, I do not know anyone.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I personally prefer both, for the simple fact digital is good, it provides a clean sound, but it can't reproduce the warmth of analog gear. That is why I use a combination of both.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise to give 100% to any project that I'm committed to.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love the challenge, because no two projects are the same. Which allows me to grow and learn from each experience.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: The main question is "how soon can this be done". I always say 48-72 hrs. because I don't believe in rushing a project. I have to be totally satisfied with the outcome of the project.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: We can only work with what is given to us. There will be times where you have to be honest with the client and let them know what needs to be done to the project before going to the next step.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I always ask what is their vision for the particular project. To me..it is important to verbalize, then visualize the course of action.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Have faith in what we do. I know it is hard to allow someone to alter your project. But believe me...it is for the greater good.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Well... my bass, Roland gr-55 MIDI pedal,my computer with DAW, a solar powered generator and studio headphones .

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I simply love what I do, which is helping others to achieve their goals. I have in the music business for 25+ years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: It is hard for me to say I have a particular style. I have been told on occasion that I sound like Marcus Miller and also Wayman Tisdale.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: I would like to work with Marcus Miller. His approach to the bass as well as songwriting is impeccable!!!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Always keep the client's vision in mind. Never lose sight of this. My role is to help the project to bloom like a flower to hear its beauty.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I am versatile. Whether it's Inspirational, R&B-Soul, Gospel or Smooth Jazz.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I have the capability of listening to a song and actually map out a bass line by the end of the song.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I bring 25+ years experience to the table. With this in mind, I can navigate through questions the client may have.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I will first ask the potential client what is their vision for the project. Once it is established, my job is to bring it to fruition .

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My studio setup consists of an Apple iMac Computer, MOTU UltraLite mk3, Presonus Studio One DAW, and a host of plug-ins.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: There are (2) musicians that have inspired me. They are Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. Both are extraordinary musicians as well as film composers.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I typically provide bass tracks for clients. I have occasionally provide my talents as a Mix Engineer and Producer.

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Brian J Kelley Artist, Song name "Savion's Smile"

I was the Artist, Musician,Mixing Engineer, and Producer in this production

Terms Of Service

48-72 hrs. typical turn-around time, only if schedule permits. (2) revisions allowed.

GenresSounds Like
  • Marcus Miller
  • Fred Hammond
  • Wayman Tisdale
Gear Highlights
  • Ken Smith KSD Burner Deluxe 6-string Bass
  • Roland GR-55 MIDI Pedal
  • Apple iMac Computer
  • Presonus Studio One v4
  • host of plug-ins to achieve your customized bass sound.
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