Seasoned with years of freelancing through gigs, tours, features, collaborations and recording sessions, Stuart Brignell is truly a noteworthy up and coming producer, saxophonist and creative in the global underground scene. His taste and fervour as a record maker is matched only by his precision and musical prowess on the alto saxophone.
Available to produce records and projects for breakout and established R&B and Soul Singers, as well as Hip-hop Artists and Rappers. I am able to provide Mixing and Mastering services for my own productions, if requested. I love and excel at working with acappellas, send me one and I'll happily flip it or build a whole track around it!
Though I have been working as a producer for 8+ years, the saxophone and the study of Jazz is where my musical journey began, over 15 years ago. I hold a bachelors degree of Jazz and Contemporary Music from Humber College (Toronto). Therefore I available to provide high quality overdub and recording services as a session saxophonist and flautist. I am also able to compose and arrange custom horn parts for your track. Let me add my voice to augment your next project!
As a producer, I specialize in the genres of R&B. Soul. Afrobeat. Pop. Hip-Hop. Lo-Fi. Drill. Trap. House.
As a saxophonist I specialize in Jazz. Soul. R&B. Funk. Smooth Jazz. Afrobeat. Pop. Motown. Vocal Jazz. Creative Improvised Music.
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Interview with Stuart Brignell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The recent singles for Kiz_met. She is an incredible talent and I am privileged to be working with her. She trusts me alot in my process and lets me do my thing. The music we have been putting out has been top top quality.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own music, and producing projects for a few Toronto based and International up and coming artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mix of both, depending on what the track needs most at that time.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will be thrilled or at least highly satisfied with the end result.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That I can be me, and do things how I want to do them.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's your rate? Can you make this type beat? My minimums are (x) amount. What is your budget? Yes I can make nearly any "type" beat.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I have come up with anything I create on my own. Nothing is new in the musical universe, only being re stated in ones own voice. The language has been there long before I was born, and therefore the best I can ever hope for is to be an accurate vessel of channeling that which has come before me.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you want this track to make people feel
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Always have your own vision clear in your own mind as much as you can, so I can help elevate your music and artistry clearly and articulately. I can only help those who know what they want clearly.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: alto saxophone. ableton. apollo interface. microphone. moog opus
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Playing saxophone and learning the language of jazz since 11. Started producing at 17. Attended an award winning music college in Toronto, Canada. Graduated with a Bachelors in Jazz and Contemporary Music and a minor in Music Production in 2016., and toured Europe as a saxophonist and sideman the same year. Since then been paying all my bills freelancing as a saxophonist and producer in the Toronto scene as well as the world state. 2020 saw covid-19 crush the global live music industry, and have been heavily production focussed ever since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Unique, soulful. Always groovy. The kind of music that stirs alot of emotion in people but also makes them want to hit the dance floor and move. Inspiring.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Wizkid. There is sax all over his recent album but I know I could've played it even better. Shay Lia. I love her style and sound and have always wanted to produce for her
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Parallel compression makes your drums knock.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: R&B. Hip hop. Trap. Lo-fi. Jazz
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Producing and saxophone playing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: High levels of musicality, since I am a musician first. Soul. Top quality production. Immaculate saxophone work, and always my own flavour while never overpowering or compromising the original vision of the artist at hand. Transcending what a song can mean and feel.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Something inspires me from my life so I capture the feeling in a song or beat.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Monitors are Fostex suite. Tracking through Universal Audio Apollo Twin. Choice of mic is the Apex 210. I play Selmer saxophones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Metro Boomin. Terrace Martin. Kendrick Lamar. J Dilla. Robert Glasper. Dutchavelli. Dave Pensado. Murda Beats. Kenny Beats
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing custom tracks from scratch. Building a song around Acappellas. Composing, arranging and recording saxophone, flute and horn overdubs. Mixing services. Beatmaking.