I always have mixed feelings about this kind of space, in that I'm supposed to "sell" my services. I'm a producer, engineer, bass player, keyboard player. I'd love for you to take a quick peak at my credits. I work in several genres of music all the time, and love doing so.
Check out my discography here: http://brendanmcgeehan.com/music/
Brendan McGeehan is a true utility player in the music industry. A trained recording engineer and studied musician, he is adept and comfortable behind the board, in the producer’s chair, as well as performing bass on the other side of the glass.
Brendan currently plays bass and keyboards for Philadelphia acts Weekender (psych rock), Matt Spitko (folk), The York Street Hustle (soul), The Right Fiction (Americana/blues), and Minas (Brazilian jazz), and has toured extensively up and down the east coast. He also regularly performs with Joshua Howard (pop), Matt Santry (pop/country), Vince Tampio (jazz), and others.
Recent highlights include producing a one day, multi-location festival celebrating the life and music of Nina Simone, playing, engineering, and composing a song for a Brewerytown Records release, engineering a Brazilian jazz album incorporating over 60 musicians for Philadelphia based group Minas, and producing and engineering jazz records that include performances by Larry Coryell, Mike Clark, Orrin Evans, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and more.
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I've had a professional relationship with Brendan for over 15 years. In that time, he has shown himself to be consistently talented, hardworking, and reliable. We've hired each other for a variety of one another's projects and been hired to work on projects together (with him as engineer and/or composer and me as bassist). He engineered, mixed, and mastered my most recent project (an acoustic jazz duet) and I couldn't have been happier with the results.
Interview with Brendan McGeehan
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Earlier in 2020, an artist released her debut album. We worked on it for about 2 years, and during that time I saw such a change in her confidence and identity as an artist. I was honored with the trust she gave me with her sound, and am very proud with how the record turned out.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: An EP for an indie rock band, 2 songs for a psych singer/songwriter, a full length album for one of my own bands
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Sorry, no, I'm new here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! It depends entirely on the project. Both are great for different contexts.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will provide good communication, I will manage expectations, and I will try my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's the greatest honor to be able to do this for a living, and I never take that for granted. I'm grateful for every project and person that wants to work with me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you ever eat? (when working, I often go long periods of time without eating - I often forget to)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Timeline. Everything always takes longer than you would think.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What records are they listening to, what their artistic process/writing process looks like, what are their ideas for the project, what are they hoping for me to provide?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time and do your best to communicate your needs and vision before making a choice.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. My bass 2. A great pair of headphones 3. A listening device with many TB of music loaded onto it. 4. Some sort of recording interface 5. An AKG 414
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this professionally for about 12 years. I did study this formally, in college, but the combination of an educational background and real world experience has helped the most. I learn something from every session.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I think I lean towards the weirder side generally, with my musical and production choices.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Like in a dream world? Questlove - he's a musical omnivore, and I've always loved his pocket and tone. And recording drums is really the best, isn't it?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Serve the song - I know it's vague, but it rules everything and all decisions.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: There truly is no usual. If you look at the discography on my website and listen to the sampler I uploaded here, you'll see and hear that I work on a wide variety of projects. I need to - I love so many types of music, and each style feeds different parts of myself.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: listening, critically and emotionally
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Creativity, professionalism, organization
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't think that there is one! I try to approach each project with the care it deserves, and always ask lots of questions up front to get a feel for the artist, their aesthetic, and how I might fit into the project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At home, my entire third floor space is my studio (I call it Birdhouse Studios). The comfortable space has my Apollo rig with Dynaudio monitors and Adam subwoofer. I tuned and treated the room myself with absorption, diffusion, and made my own ceiling cloud out of a beautiful Indonesian batik.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Quincy Jones, Kevin Parker, Gabe Roth, John Congleton
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: studio tracking, mixing, editing, session playing (bass keyboards), production, arranging