Brennan Aerts

Guitarist, Producer, Mixing

2 Reviews
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I run a music production company called Birdnest Int'l specializing in pop, indie music for film, tv, and ads. Our work list includes national campaigns for Volkswagen, Leinenkugels, Ram Trucks, Pizza Hut, Verizon Wireless, as well as Disney, CBS, MTV, CNN, and Bravo.

As an independent contractor, I work daily on guitar driven pop music, from ambient indie pop to rock to modern Top 40. My strengths, success, and taste lies in pop, indiepop, and indie rock music. I have been involved in music production for most of my life. I sold my first library at age 14. I grew up in studios in Nashville, TN, playing session guitar and taking road gigs until I moved to LA where I lived until 2018. I now live in Nashville. It's an exciting scene, right now, very different than how I grew up, and full of great people. I love to take collections of good ideas, and take them to the level that they need to be to compete in the professional world of music.

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AllMusic verified credits for Brennan Aerts
  • Run River North
  • Vinyl Pin Ups
  • Vinyl Pin Ups
  • USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
  • USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
  • Hialeah High
  • Moti
  • Jenny & Ashley
  • USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Wes Bailey

    Brennan is the one of the most talented, skillful and easy going producers in the game. A joy to work with. He always achieves the artist's vision and is great with feedback. Looking forward to working with him again on future projects.

  2. Review by Jeff Sojka

    Brennan is one of my favorite producers and collaborators to work with. We have done many projects together and they continue to get synced on tv shows and grow in streams. He has insane sounding mixes and his guitar work is top notch. I highly recommend him for any of your musical needs, he will deliver every time!

Interview with Brennan Aerts

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I am stoked to put out The Werewolves project, a project I have been working on off and on for a few years. Our first song was used in a number of ads, and we recently did a song "The World is Ours" for the Blumhouse slasher comedy "Totally Killer". Lots more to come in the new year.

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

  4. A: Building my label, Birdnest Intl, writing and producing for ads, tv, and film. Producing other artists' records as the projects come along, and launching my own band, The Werewolves.

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

  6. A: That I will care, and that I will guide them in their vision they have for themselves - not impart my own vision on them.

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

  8. A: Assuming the generator needed to power everything doesn't count - My loaded laptop UAD Apollo 70s Fender Precision Bass My Rusty Anderson 335 Barefoot Footprint 2.0 Monitors

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

  10. A: I started as a session and road guitarist in Nashville back in 2007 when I graduated college. I always wanted it to be a vehicle to production. But once the digital tools we have now became more readily available, I realized I could start making the records I wanted to immediately instead of waiting to climb a ladder. So I hopped off the road and started my band, Vinyl Pinups. We piddled on a major label for a single cycle, went indie, and moved to Los Angeles. I immediately got into film and television because it facilitated me being able to make records that I cared about without being broke anymore. We started our label Birdnest Intl in 2013, and released our first real song, "Gold Rays". The song went viral on Soundcloud and led to a publishing deal with Nettwerk One Music and Kobalt. Since then, I have written and produced songs for every major network, and many global brands. I have had multiple national ads and even a theme song. Sync has, for years, been a key focus and strength of everything that I am doing. Since 2020, I have been producing records for other artists including Moon Taxi, the Josephines, The Foxies, and Martin Ker.

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

  12. A: Use your ears, be picky about your sounds as they go in. Mixing is always more fun than fixing.

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

  14. A: Indie pop, Pop, Sync for ads, tv, and film.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Being fully dedicated to the artist and achieving the most authentic outcome.

  17. Q: What's your typical work process?

  18. A: I like to do nothing but listen first. I take in the song and the artist, and try and imagine what is the most authentic direction for the song or project. I think it is most important, first, to serve the artist and the song. Once we feel comfortable about where we are headed, I dive in, and try not to think too hard.

  19. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  20. A: I'm a huge fan of Greg Kurstin, Mark Ronson, and Justin Meldal Johnsen. Amazing producers who are musicians first.

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

  22. A: I produce, mix, and handle guitar duties mostly. I do a lot of work with synths and sound design, as well.

  23. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  24. A: Jeff Sojka for giant pop records

  25. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  26. A: I'm almost all digital, these days. The tools we have now are astounding, and if you're using your ears, there's no reason you can't make amazing sounding records in the box. What I will say is that artists should always maintain some form of "analog mindset". Don't be afraid to twist the "wrong" knobs fast or just let things run away. That's when magic happens.

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

  28. A: Building a life of spent time with like minded people.

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: That it's quick, easy, and just a matter of piecing samples together. Curation is an art and it takes time.

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

  32. A: 1.) If you could be on any tour, right now, opening, who's would it be? 2.) What is the record you wish you had made, the song you wish you had written, or the band you wish you had been in? I can learn a lot about an artist from these things.

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

  34. A: Be as particular about your own record as I am going to be.

  35. Q: How would you describe your style?

  36. A: Indie Hipster Pop and Rock Music

  37. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  38. A: Artist - Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) - he's the king of making interesting VERY colorful records that are still super commercial with great songs. Producer/Artist - Mark Ronson for all the same reasons.

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

  40. A: I love to bring fresh and interesting sounds from more experimental and indie realms into the pop world. Additionally, I know when to keep it simple and serve the track.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I keep everything simple and in the box aside from favorite guitars, stompoboxes, and some synth pieces. I have two sets of monitors (one to mix, one to party) and a plethora of plugins and modeling tools.

Vinyl Pinups - Gold Rays

I was the Producer, Writer, all instruments, Mixer in this production

Terms Of Service

Revision allowances vary based on service. 3-5 revisions average, scrapping and full re-do will come with additional cost to be negotiated. Typical turn around time is 2-5 days depending on service.

GenresSounds Like
  • Foster The People
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Hives
Gear Highlights
  • A small curated collection of boutique guitars and amps. Barefoot Audio Footprint 2.0 monitors
  • Universal Audio Apollo and Satellite
  • Full Slate
  • McDSP
  • and UAD plugin suites
  • and trusty Moog Sub Phatty.
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