Remixer to major label chart topping pop artists. Producer for major fitness brands. DJ in the clubs. I live, love and breath music! DO WHAT YOU LOVE - LOVE WHAT YOU DO!
WHO AM I? WHY CONSIDER ME FOR YOUR MUSIC PROJECT?
I have been in the music industry (Radio, DJ, Live production, etc) since 1985 (Freshman in High School). I got my first major opportunity working in the studio for the Grateful Dead. Through this opportunity, I was blessed to work with such artists as Irene Cara, Huey Lewis & The News, Jessie Colin Young (Young Bloods). This was all in the early 90s.
Moving into the late 90s & into the mid-2000s, I started working with major fitness brands. They were looking for a high energy dance format to be used in workout & athletic programs. AS a DJ, I had extensive experience in dance music and the production came naturally. My experience working with major band legends in the early 90s gave me the experience to blend live & electronic production.
Today, I am a full time music producer & DJ working with the hottest radio chart topping pop artists as well as major fitness brands world wide. I've been asked to do almost every style of music (current & classic & everything between).
YOU CAN CHECK OUT SOME OF MY WORK BY GOOGLING MY NAME "DJ Brian Howe".
Although most of the music I get hired to produce is electronic, I've enjoyed producing exclusive rock, jazz & new age projects as well. Being flexible, experienced & versatile gives me (and you) a great advantage because nothing is of limits!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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He worked quickly and thoroughly. I’m very happy with his work.
Best producer ever!!!!!
DJ Brian Howe is an seasoned expert in his craft. He produces top quality mixes and masters in short time. His expertise and charming personality makes for a professional experience, too.
The best producer and engineer ever!!!
I'm from NC and for the price. I don't see anyone better than this guy or anyone who can beat his price. Will be getting a whole album done . Thank you that sound I wanted I got.
I had my single to be mastered and needed someone to get the job done right. I found the right person at the right time and it was DJ Brian. He did his thing and i was happy. I would... without a doubt work with him again. Keep up the good work...
Brian was great to work with - he responded quickly, set realistic timelines for the work and spelled out what he was going to do for how much, and then delivered by the dates he said he would. The tracks sounded great and he was able to adjust segments based on my desires for the end product.
Beautiful work on every track that he mastered for us. My team looks forward to working again with Brian. We even had the pleasure of meeting him in person. Thank you again! We highly recommend DJ Brian.
I personally have found DJ Brian Howe's remixes to be outstanding!
He has provided us with many #1 World-wide smash hits as he has a fresh pulse on current music trends today.
Not only is DJ Brian Howe extremely talented,but he very easy to work with and very professional,I look forward to working with DJ Brian Howe on many more release's.
DJ Brian Howe has been a tremendous production asset to our label over the last decade; whether producing tracks for our top selling iTunes compilations or providing amazing remixes for our artist's successful releases such as Brooklyn Bounce, Sample Rippers, Fab, Cary August and many more.. DJ Brian Howe only delivers top-notch mixes.
Interview with DJ Brian Howe
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Original EDM song creation for digital streaming video. Specifically workout videos. I also provide a lot of instrumental music for TV networks / shows. My most common industry is in sync licensing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Kraftwerk are legends! They were far ahead of their time and brought electronic music to a whole new level! I also admire Africa Bambaataa for their innovative sounds crossing underground with mainstream and to this day, much of their music is sampled into modern dance & pop music. I also admire & love what modern EDM artists MAJOR LAZER & DILLON FRANCIS are doing with their blend of world beat, trap, dubstep, EDM & hip hop.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Logic Pro X. I love it! My primary synth is the Nexus 2 because of it's full rich sound and editing & customization capabilities. I have several sets of studio monitors for sound comparison including a set of standard computer speakers (helps with mastering).
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the project. For original song creation (for sync licensing), I start with a rhythm. Something that really "moves" and has good energy. Then, I find a good drum style to work with it (kick, then snare/clap, then hats, percussion, etc). Then I find the ideal bass patch and groove. For remix project, I lay out the original into my DAW, then match the notes by painting out the MIDI on a separate track. I usually do this by metering the original with a tuner plug-in. One I've laid out the midi note structure, I find various synth rhythms that work with the vocal and then build from there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy! In EDM it's about the build into an energetic drop. A strong EDM song needs a good rhythm foundation and hook. Good clarity of the instruments is crucial. Deep bass but not to overpower crisp synths & highs. It's all about that flow from beginning to end. It needs to tell a story, even if fully instrumental - take you on a journey.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Song arrangement & synth selection. I have a few partner producers I hire (depending on the workload) that initiate the foundation tracks and then send me the project to complete by selecting the synth patches, modifying the groove of the main melody, arrangement, mix down processing (EQ, comp. limiting, fx, etc) and final mastering.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: EDM of all types. Primarily high energy, however, most recently, I've been hired to do a lot of Tropical House production & remixes. This is a fairly new sub-genre of DEEP HOUSE. It's slower in tempo (BPM) and fuses deep house with tropical percussion and instrumentation. I've also been hired to produce a lot of Trap (blend between EDM and hip hop) for TV networks and a few indie movies.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pretty Lights. He has a great style. I love his creativity and unique blend of downtempo, hip hop, chill out and EDM. Another great artist is Thievery Corporation. Finally, I've always loved Armand Van Buuren - His style has always been revolutionary and trend setting. He's a gifted producer & artist.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Energetic and edgy. Traditional while testing the boundaries.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a radio DJ in 1989. I got my first studio job in Marin County working with the Grateful Dead in 1991. I fell in love with studio production and song mixing. I became a "Fitness Music Producer" in 1997 as a direct result of being involved with Tae-Bo in the very beginning stages directly with Billy Blanks. The rest is history!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Anything acoustic because there wouldn't be any electricity!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want and give very clear instructions, details and examples. Reference songs/artists always help to give us an idea of what you want in your production.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your deadline? This is important because now-a-days, everybody wants their project done yesterday.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Making electronic music is easy. It's true that technology has made music creation easier. While the tools are easier (and cheaper) to get, not everyone has the knowledge or experience to use them properly. Just because you have a wrench, doesn't make you a mechanic.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How quick can you get it to me? A: I can start immediately and in many cases, delivery a proof within a few days. Q: How much does it cost? A: It depends on the scope of the work that needs to be done. I'll do my best to work within your budget.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything! I'm living my ultimate dream!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will deliver a project you can be proud of.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. EDM is electronic and digital is it's birth place.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Even though I've been a professional music producer since 1997, I am new to this site. I was referred by a client.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've recently become an endorsed provider of original music for USA CHEER association. Recently, a law passed that Cheer Teams must used legally licensed music. Because I have been producing fitness music (high energy EDM), I was the perfect fit for their needs. I'm currently working on a new dedicated website and catalog of available songs for their specific use.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've worked on a lot of projects over the decades. One that I really enjoyed happened recently. It was for a division of Sony Records called "Farm Records" in Japan. They hired me to produce 3 classic hit songs into current tropical house styles. It was new, challenging and fun! The three songs were "I want to dance with somebody (Whitney Houston)", "Hit Me Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)" and "Sugar (Maroon 5)". They turned out amazing!