Bryan Kelley

Producer | Mixer | Guitarist

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Specializing in producing artists focused on getting their music placed in Film & TV, trailers, ads and promos. As a music producer, composer, and songwriter, I have over 25 years of experience with thousands of placements. Credits include 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney, Universal, Sony, Pixar, Lionsgate, Netflix, ABC, CBS, NBC, and many more.

I have the experience to help YOU take your musical idea to a fully produced, professional arrangement ready for pitching to film & TV or release.

SONG PRODUCTION (CONTACT FOR PRICING)
Pricing includes arrangement and production using a mix of live and programmed instruments, vocal comping, edits and tuning, mixing and mastering. I'm connected to a network of players in LA and Nashville and can bring them in, as your budget allows.

MIXING & MASTERING ($500):
Between reamping your guitar tracks or layering your live drums with samples, I'll make your song come to life! I have an extensive synth and sample library at my fingertips, and am thrilled to add extra parts when needed.

ELECTRIC GUITAR ($300):
Doubled rhythm tracks (for panning left & right), single note melodic lines for intros, turnarounds, and outros), and one other color part: e.g. an arpeggio, slide or swells.

ACOUSTIC GUITAR ($200):
Doubled rhythm tracks (for panning left & right) or a single finger-style track.

BASS ($150):
One electric bass track using my Jazz or Precision. Programmed midi-style bass is also available.

UKULELE ($150):
One ukulele track recorded with my all-mahogany tenor Collings.

I'd love to hear about your project! Click the CONTACT button above to get in touch.

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26 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Robert W.
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    Do yourself a favor, and hire Bryan Kelley as your Producer! He has incredible vision as to what the finished product should be, and he has an “ Off the Chart” list of world class musicians to make the vision a reality. I am beyond pleased with how my song turned out, and I can’t thank Bryan enough! Forever grateful my friend.

  2. Review by Robert W.
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    Bryan did an amazing job with my song. It has turned out better than I could have imagined, and I am so grateful I chose him as my professional producer and partner on this project! He is now my guy, and I don’t want to work with anyone else. His attention to detail, and his professsionalism is “Off the Charts,” and his musician contacts are the absolute best in the business! I have people playing on my song that have played with the biggest names in the music industry. I’m in awe’ 👍🎶

  3. Review by Robert W.
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    Bryan has been amazing! His professionalism and knowledge is top notch. Also, he has a tremendous amount of musician contacts he can count on to fill in on instruments he deems needed to maximize the amount of potential a song has. The musicians he hires are studio caliber experts and touring professionals and are world class musicians in their own right. It is a great honor working with all of them! I am very excited to hear the next phase we are embarking on!

  4. Review by Lei W.
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    The true musician finish the job with heart.

    Highly recommend!

    Thank you Bryan!

  5. Review by John F.
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    Bryan did it again! Elevated my song with just the right parts and feel that I was looking for...I recommend working with Bryan

  6. Review by John F.
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    Bryan is great to work with and really wants to understand what direction you want to take with your song. With that understanding, he delivers the pro tracks you expected. He's a professional!

  7. Review by Jay S.
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    I just can't say enough about Bryan. He has great ideas and fresh sounds that just keep bringing my songs to life. Love working with this guy!

  8. Review by Richard D.
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    Bryan was great to work with on many levels. Patient with my lack of knowledge on certain things-- a really great quality in a person and especially a musician. He was willing to try my ideas yet added much of his own flair which I needed. His playing is really textured and layered in ways that serve the song. Total pro in that regard. It's such a blessing when you get someone of this caliber to enhance your music without overdoing. And yet Bryan shined through it all. Highly recommend. !!

  9. Review by Ollie G.
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    Great working with Bryan! I needed a quick turn around of my guitar part and he got everything over to me on time and sounding great with two mic options and made the small adjustments I needed super fast! Playing was perfect! Thanks sir!

  10. Review by Gary M.
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    Bryan's got the imagination and skill level to deliver it. I found him really good to work with, and appreciated his work ethic, and punctuality. (I am impressed by his army of equipment. I wouldn't mind a photo. We guitarists like that stuff.)

  11. Review by Steven C.
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    Bryan is a real pro. Patience, talent, and great tone. I would highly recommend him!

  12. Review by Jay S.
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    Bryan rocks. His guitar work is tasty, good communicator, fast response.

  13. Review by Matt McCalister
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    Bryan did a great job! I sent him a partial demo sans any additional tracks and he still provided a fantastic track in the end.

  14. Review by Jamie Elliot
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    Bryan killed it on these guitar parts! Very helpful and patient with some long-winded instructions/ideas and the end product was exactly what I needed. Excellent communication throughout the process, thank you Bryan.

  15. Review by Eetu V.
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    Great recording and performance, very friendly and quick reply!

  16. Review by Shmuli R.
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    Bryan is a true pro session musician with amazing skills and understanding of production and arrangement. He knows how to play for the song! I've worked with some of the best in the world, and Bryan holds his own. I can't wait to work with him again.

  17. Review by Melissa I.
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    Working with Bryan was great! He had great ideas for my songs and was very easy to communicate with. Loved working with him and will definitely work with him again!

  18. Review by Shannon J.
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    Bryan was super fast, delivered the track in 1 day. Easy to work with and delivered a great sounding track. Highly recommended!

  19. Review by ACR Media Group
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    Bryan did a great job recording some Bass and Guitar for a track we are working on. He was timley and easy to work with!

  20. Review by ACR Media Group
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    Bryan is a great guitar player and is very responsive. He is easy to work with and delivers as promised. I look forward to working with Bryan on many projects.

Interview with Bryan Kelley

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: Lots! I just played guitar on Warner Music recording artist Ella Henderson's "Black Hole". I'm currently writing, recording and producing advertising tracks for a licensing agency in Los Angeles, as well as creating more ambient guitar tracks for a new BMG release that is in the vein of "Explosions in the Sky" and "Sigur Ros".

  3. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  4. A: Without a doubt, I would take my Jeff Senn Telecaster, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Divided by 13 RSA23, Klon KTR, Diamond Comp Jr, Demeter Tremulator, and Strymon El Capistan! (I know that's seven, but who's counting?)

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both! I love analog, and use vintage microphones, mic pre-amps and tube amps for all recordings. To me, analog just sounds better! I love digital for the editing capabilities and limitless plug-in options.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: Excellence and satisfaction!

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I get to do what I love!

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How much do you charge? I typically answer by asking them about their budget. Depending on the project and the client's vision, the cost will be affected by the amount of tracks needed to make their project sound its best.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: What instruments would you like for me to record for you? Who's your audience? What's the mood you're after? Do you have a style or sample of other artists that you might be hearing for your project? Do you have stems? What's the BPM?

  15. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  16. A: It helps to have part or sound samples of music similar to what you want for your project. You could also just sing it for me - I'll catch your vibe!

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I've been playing guitar since I was 13 years old. I grew up in Seattle playing with some of the most well-known music acts in the world. As a songwriter and music composer, I decided that moving to Los Angeles was my best option for making a living by playing music. With over twenty-five years of experience, I have produced thousands of guitar, bass and ukulele tracks featured in film, television, movie and video game trailers, advertising spots, and album releases.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Rock | Pop | Singer/Songwriter | Country | Ambient | Soundtrack

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: I recommend recording parts with an input signal that is 3/4 way up the meter. Take the extra step to edit to the grid and remove any unwanted noises. Lo-cut the guitar tracks at 100 Hz to clean things up, and leave more room for the bass.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: Songs, film and television underscore, movie and video game trailers, and advertising spots.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I'm a great listener and communicator. I work well with other musicians to help realize their vision and to produce guitar and bass parts that bring their song / project to life.

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: As a music composer and songwriter, I’m well versed in every aspect of building solid guitar tracks, including rhythms, melodic lines, fills, arpeggios, leads, harmonies, ambiance, and full soundscapes. I know how to work with vocal or instrumental melodies to create memorable lines and “hooky” phrases.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I use a variety of vintage and modern guitars, hand-wired tube amps and boutique pedals. I record most electric guitar tracks with two vintage microphones using high-end mic preamps. I normally work in Logic and ProTools, and use Apogee clocking and A/D converters. I use two mics on almost all guitar tracks - one vintage Shure SM57 and one vintage Beyer M160 (ribbon). I use a vintage AKG mic for all acoustic guitars and ukulele.

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: I'm typically hired to create and perform dynamic and expressive electric and acoustic guitar parts that complement the arrangement of a song or score.

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Terms Of Service

Turn-around time is typically 2 - 3 weeks depending on the project.

Gear Highlights
  • PRODUCTION: World-Class Vintage Mics & Mic Preamps | Full Arsenal of Sample Libraries & Plug-Ins INSTRUMENTATION: Vintage & Modern Guitars | Bass | Mandolin | Ukulele | Hand-Wired Amps | Boutique Pedals | Electric guitars recorded w/ two vintage mics
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