Extremely versatile pro vocalist. Legit in all styles from R&B to pop, rap to country. Has worked with Shawn Mendes, Lewis Capaldi, The Roots and more. Bilingual, also sings in Spanish.
Brian “BSKi” Collazo is a singer, recording artist, songwriter, and voiceover actor based in New York City.
As a background vocalist, he has performed with artists such as Shawn Mendes, The Roots, Elle King, Lorde, Andy Grammer, Ice Cube, Robbie Robertson, and Lauv, among others. He is a SAG/AFTRA member and has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and more.
As a recording artist, he released 3 albums with the band Live Society as well as a solo EP and 2 singles as BSKi. He is the featured vocalist on UK artist CAFOLLA´s 2019 LP ¨COWBOYS & AFRICANS” and has recorded with Lewis Capaldi, Billy Porter, Lisa Lisa & others.
Extremely versatile with regard to genre/style. Able to authentically perform all styles from R&B/Soul to Rap, Pop, Rock, Country, Reggaeton, Salsa and more.
NY raised Puerto Rican, able to sing and rap in Spanish as well.
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7 ReviewsEndorse Brian "BSKi" Collazo
Brian is a pleasure to work with! I love the tone and quality of his voice, and he has great pitch. He is also very skilled at harmonizing and coming up with parts on the spot, if needed. Punctual and professional, he is also lovely to work with. I highly recommend!
Ain't nothing like the MASTER Brian Collazo! I go back with Brian almost 20 years and have been lucky enough to record and play live with him many times. He is the ultimate professional, a creative force, incredibly versatile and an absolute joy to work with. As a vocalist, rapper, producer, writer and showman, he is one of THE premier musicians on the NYC today. Get him while you can!
Brian is a top notch talent. Whether you need lead vocals, backing vocals, songwriting or all of the above, he's a true pro and a pleasure to work with. I've worked with Brian both live and in the studio. He has an incredible voice and ear and he's versatile across many genres. I definitely recommend him!
I've worked with Brian on gigs and in the studio for the past 10+ years and can say he is a true professional! He is equally suited to sing lead or background vocals with a wide range stylistically and also be one of the most talented rappers who is deeply rooted in the classics and raps equally well in spanish as he does in english. I would highly reccomended him for your next project.
I've been recording professionally since 1976. I know whereof I speak... Brian is fantastic. Great singer, great voice (those are 2 different things,) great ears, attitude, ideas, mic technique, easy to record, etc. He gave me the vocal I had dreamed of while I was writing the song. He will take whatever you give him and bring it up about 8 notches. Hire him. P
I recently used Brian on a song. The song had a rap section, a singing section and kinda a barroom group sing. He was incredibly versatile and knocked them all out of the park. After the first pass (which was great-great intonation, articulations and creativity), I had some small nits and he turned them around quickly and 100% perfect. Also, I hadn't written any harmony parts and left it to him-he did a great job and "added value" with some creative ideas. Highly recommend
I was absolutely blown away with not only Brians incredible voice but his powerhouse work ethic. It's sooo hard to find a guest voice to come in and sing one of your songs as their own but Brian just nailed it! He not only had everything down before he walked into the studio but gave me options for alt takes and treated the songs with the upmost respect. He wasn't just singing my melodies & lyrics, he was owning them!
His voice is incredible & one of the best human beings you could have on your record. Thank you brother.
Interview with Brian "BSKi" Collazo
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Last year I was asked to sing a duet with Lisa Lisa for her latest single "Rain". Not only did I grow up on her music but the very first song I ever sang in public was her hit, All Cried Out, on which I dueted with my older sister for a school talent show. It's amazing how things come full circle.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Between chasing a one year old around the house, I'm humming melodies into my voice app and trying to come up with song ideas for the new record
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Michael Inge is a fantastic singer and human. Highly recommend!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for recording because it's made things so easy, BUT analog for listening. I'm a vinyl enthusiast and have a '70s era hifi set up at home. I have banned all streaming music in the house. Physical copies only. I'm determined to keep the romance in my relationship with music! :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do everything in my power to get your song as close as possibe to how you're hearing it in your head, while leaving room for opportunities to take it even higher. You'll love what we end up with.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love being creative! Every aspect of what we do takes nuance and expertise: from delivering a lead vocal to stacking harmonies. It's a blessing to be able to do what you love for a living and I am very grateful.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The questions vary but the constant is that the clients I work with are almost always super personable and relatable. They ask about me and my background and we chat it up a bit before getting started. I tend to come away from these sessions feeling like I've made a friend.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's all fun & games. It can often be lots of fun, but it took years of work and preparation to get to this level and we take our craft very seriously.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's the inspiration for the song? Plans for the recording?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't just hire a provider *like* me. Hire ME! ;)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, laptop, mic, headphones and apogee duet is all I need!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been singing as long as I could talk. I come from a musical family and grew up singing with my siblings. We ended up starting a family band called Live Society, that released three albums together before disbanding. I now record under my nickname B-Ski (stylized as "BSKi") and through my years on the NYC scene, have become an in-demand session and live singer. I've worked with Shawn Mendes, The Roots, Lewis Capaldi, Lorde, Elle King, Andy Grammer, Lisa Lisa, Ice Cube, Robbie Robertson, and many others, and have appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, and more.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful R&B stylings with a bright Pop voice. I was raised in NY but my parents are from Puerto Rico, which makes me a Nuyorican ;). I call my music "sancochofunk". (Sancocho's like a stew or gumbo)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: D'Angelo would be a dream because he's the total package when it comes to singing, musicality, writing, production and performance chops. I'm a huge fan.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be very clear on what you're looking for.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Like I said above, I do it all, but my main wheelhouse is typically R&B, Soul and Pop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My versatility. I grew up with my ear glued to the radio and am equally at home doing rock or country as I am doing R&B and Pop even though that's typically what I get called for. I'm also a huge hip hop head and can give you legit rap stylings no problem. On top of that, I'm fluent in Spanish and able to deliver authentic latin pop, salsa, bolero, merengue, bachata, rap or reggaeton, whatever you need.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Professionalism, passion, soul, experience and a LOVE of harmony work.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After going over particulars with the client via email and hearing the song over a couple of days, I'll have a phone conversation with them the day of the session for any last minute notes. Then I'll block out a 4 or 5 hour window to track and go through the notes/revisions process.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work in Logic Pro and use the Shure SM7B (we singers love the "thriller mic" lol) with Cloudlifter preamp and Apogee duet.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: SO many. I'm a Stevie Wonder fanatic. Michael Jackson, Prince, George Michael, El DeBarge. El Gran Combo, Juan Luis Guerra, to name a few. I'm also a huge Hip Hop head so I love Outkast, a Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm most commonly hired by writers and producers to perform lead and backing vocals for their project