I make music for artists, TV, film and commercials.
Hi, I'm Bryan, I like making all kinds of music and collaborating with people. I pride myself on being able to help an artist take a song from a demo to a full blown track, realize a director's vision, get to the heart of an idea and tell a story with sounds. I love guitar, pedals and effects, weird textures, happy accidents and creating a vibe. I'm comfortable producing a full track, or adding to an existing one. I have years of experience working in advertising: doing sound design, recording voice over and scoring under my company Proper Sounds (propersounds.co)
I'm also an experienced live touring musician, as well as a studio musician, working with JR JR, Mike Mains, Tunde Olaniran, Jax Anderson and many more. I'd love to help you complete your project!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Bryan Pope
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Fender Champ, a decent strat, reverb, delay and a looper
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've played music since the age of 5, been playing in bands since middle school, producing music since college, gigging, teaching, recording, touring for the past 10 years. I don't remember a time where music hasn't been my focus
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Blake Mills- he has such a unique approach to guitar and sounds Solange- the way she sculpts vocals and her approach to sounds and simplicity D'Angelo- groove Son Lux- amazing blend of genres and acoustic and electric instruments, his eq'ing is always aweome Leon Bridges- vibe
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Everything is vibe; it doesn't matter how good sounding a recording is, if it doesn't make you feel something, then what's the point?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on everything from indie rock, to hip hop, to electronic pop. I've also done more classical inspired pieces all the way to minimalist drone music. I try to be comfortable working in all genres. A lot of times, in the ad world, you're required to create a huge variety of music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a good collaborator; I like being able to bounce ideas off another person. I don't have a strong musical ego; I always want what's best for the song. I feel I have good taste and instincts when it comes to producing sounds
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I feel like I bring an approach, especially on guitar, of creating parts and sounds that help give the songs energy and life, while never getting in the way.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I either start with an iphone demo from an artist, a brief from an advertising client on vibe or are a musical reference of some sounds to shoot for. From there, there will be a time of creating, then keeping communication flowing throughout the whole project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a simple, small room setup. I am unable to record live drums, but have become super comfortable with programming and making beats in-the-box.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like the work of Blake Mills and Shawn Everett lately. I love the quality and unique character all of their productions have.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I've done a ton of music and sound design for commercials, scoring to picture. I do a lot of production for artists, building out demos, and sometimes co writing songs from scratch. I've also done a lot of session work as a guitarist, bassist and keys player.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A hip hop record, a Chevy ad, a kids record
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Work with what you have, I don't think analog or digital has the biggest impact on the quality of a great song
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want your project to be the best it can be. I will work hard to make that happen
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: You get to be creative and make music as a job!