Bryan Daste

Pedal Steel, Banjo, Bass, Mix

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Lifelong musician Bryan Daste is maybe best known as a pedal steel guitarist, but also specializes in clawhammer banjo, upright bass, and backing vocals. Also a talented recording engineer and producer, Daste is as skilled as he is versatile. "Bryan Daste seems to be able to play just about anything he wants to" - Joe McSpadden, nodepression.com

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Hi, I'm Bryan Daste.

I've been recording and touring with a wide variety of artists for about 13 years. Highlights include touring Europe with Courtney Marie Andrews (she had Rolling Stone's #1 Country/Americana song of 2018), playing with Joan Osborne and Matt the Electrician in Alaska, sharing the stage with The Head and the Heart as a member of Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles (as well as sitting in with Josiah Johnson on his solo show), countless shows with Emma Hill and Small Souls, and plenty of session work with the likes of Jeffrey Martin, Anna Tivel, Evan Phillips, Pretty Gritty, Myrrh Larsen and many others.

As a recording/mix engineer and producer, I've worked on many albums for a wide variety of artists and genres, from Americana to hip hop to opera.

"Daste's production adds an ethereal component to proceedings, imbuing what could otherwise be seen as traditional songwriting with unexpected twists and turns of the sonic variety." - Jonathan Frahm, PopMatters

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  1. Review by Matthew S.
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    Bryan is very knowledgeable, and a very nice person with a lot of passion for his work. It was very evident he has a wealth of experience with the final masters he sent. Could not be more impressed!

  2. Review by Alfonso V.
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    Bryan got my idea at the first take and delivered a fantastic pedal steel arrangement in superior recording tracks. Highly recommended. Thanks!

  3. Review by Byron S.
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    My fourth song mixed and mastered with Bryan and once again he's gone above and beyond to turn what was really a marshy swamp into a crystal river of power and clarity. Nothing is ever a bother for Bryan, he is polite, humble, makes fantastic musical decisions ...and best of all he is a master of his craft.

  4. Review by Randy Y.
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    Bryan went above and beyond and delivered some great tracks. Highly recommended and great to work with!

  5. Review by Michael P.
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    Bryan did an excellent job helping edit, mix and master one of my songs. The end result turned out much better than I expected and I hope to work with Bryan again soon.

  6. Review by Luke J.
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    Another great experience and result with Bryan. A pleasure to work with and such an excellent player.

  7. Review by Luke Jackson
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    Fantastic. Bryan is great to work with - great ideas, skillful player and delivered in good time. Vey enjoyable experience.

  8. Review by Byron S.
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    I have just completed my third project with Bryan at the mixer and I continue to be impressed with his skills and approach. He combines excellent technical knowledge with uncanny musical intelligence and decision making that always bring out the best in my songs. Bryan is also a thoughtful, well mannered communicator, and working with him (even though we're on opposite sides of the world) is always a pleasure. Highly recommended! :-)

  9. Review by Byron Smith
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    Bryan has now completed two tracks for me - mixing and mastering, and I he has exceeded my expectations both times with his patience, clear and frequent communication, and most importantly with the quality of his work. He's a pleasure to work with and comes highly recommended by me!

  10. Review by Byron Smith
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    Bryan is an absolute musical, mixing and mastering star! His innate understanding of what I was wanting to achieve was uncanny. He has a great ear and very impressive study skills - and he is also a joy to work with. This was no easy project (85 tracks, with some heavy harmonies) and he took it all in stride, with grace and a smile at every stage. I've already locked in my next mix with him. Thank you for Bryan for taking extra loving care of my music and my mix :-)

  11. Review by Tommy Tamagotchi
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    Wonderful experience! I had a specific sound I was going for and Bryan exceeded my expectations on his first try! His communication was excellent throughout and the delivery of the stems were perfect.

    I couldn't ask for anything more!

    Best experience on Soundbetter so far.

  12. Review by Christine B.
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    Bryan was awesome! He put together a mash-up song for my daughters gymnastic floor routine. It was exactly what she wanted and more! Super fast, very talented and great to work with! Thank you so much for your help on this!!!

  13. Review by No Service
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    Excellent work once again

  14. Review by Christian T.
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    Bryan was a dream to work with! He took all of my notes and applied them with ease until I was satisfied with the track (which didn't take long!) He really leveled out my song and made it ready for release!

  15. Review by Austin W.
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    Bryan is always a joy to work with and continues to help make me a better musician all around. I greatly appreciate all his help. He made my album sound amazing!

  16. Review by Gregory Wu
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    Bryan did a fantastic job at mixing/mastering my song and was very responsive throughout the whole process! Looking forward to working with him again in the future.

  17. Review by Harry B.
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    Awesome communication and turnaround time, and great mixing. Bryan mixed a singer/songwriter track for me and I'm really happy with the result. Get in touch with him!

  18. Review by Artem
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    Bryan is a fantastic musician! Looking forward to making more tracks together! Great work! 10/10

  19. Review by Andrew
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    Bryan is a pure joy to work with. He is able to consistently produce great results with very little direction. I look forward to working with him again.

  20. Review by Andrew
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    Bryan has done it again. With very little instruction he delivered exactly what was needed. His turn around time was quick and his communication was excellent. Looking forward to working with him again in the near future.

  21. Review by Flo K.
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    Bryan went ABOVE and BEYOND to re-create a beat for myself. This guy is amazing and I would highly recommend. Can't wait to do more projects with him in the near future!

  22. Review by Rochelle Feldkamp
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    Bryan played pedal steel for a song of mine. He works super fast and is great at communicating and following directions and track references. He captured the essence of what I wanted on the first try! Would be happy to work with him again.

  23. Review by No Service
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    Bryan mixed our EP No Service Band and did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend Bryan to anyone he is easy to work with, communicates well, and does a great job.

  24. Review by Joshua S.
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    Very knowledgeable and works for your song!

  25. Review by Austin W.
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    Bryan is a joy to work with and can make your vision a reality. My 2nd time using him and it won't be the last!

  26. Review by Zac C.
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    Bryan mixed and mastered one song for me so excellently I quickly commissioned him with two more. I can't describe how lucky I feel stumbling across Bryan as he smoothly and professionally released the songs' potential. He had mixes back to me promptly and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Will definitely be using Bryan again.

  27. Review by EchoFarm
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    I can’t say enough good things about Bryan. He added pedal steel to one of my songs and absolutely nailed the vibe I was looking for on the first pass. Incredibly responsive and easy to work with. Above all he really knows how to serve the song with profession and tasteful playing. Will be calling on him in the future.

  28. Review by Dave C.
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    Bryan did an excellent job communication was great and the product was on point

  29. Review by Naaman D.
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    Bryan delivered some quality tracks and went over the top by providing multiple versions for mixing flexibility. He's very good at feeling out where steel fits into the mix! First time working with Bryan for pedal steel and won't be the last!

  30. Review by Christine Baird
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    I recently hired Bryan to play pedal steel on a track and his musicianship, professionalism, and quality of product truly soared beyond my expectations! I am incredibly happy with what he came up with on the track and am thrilled not only with the short turnaround time (he had edits back to me within hours of reading my notes) but also the beauty with which he played on the track.

    Thank you, Bryan! Look forward to working again down the road.

  31. Review by EndQuote
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    Bryan is an incredibly professional musician. His work ethic is unmatched and his attention to detail is superb. I will be working with him again for sure!

  32. Review by Micah
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    Excellent player. Quick responses. Nailed it. Would definitely work with again and recommend.

  33. Review by Andrew
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    Great to work with Bryan. He was quick and was able to deliver tracks with very little direction. It's always great to work with a professional who can hear a song and know what it needs without much explanation. Will work with him again for sure!

  34. Review by Austin W.
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    Easy to work with notes wise and able to add his own touch to the track.

  35. Review by Anand R.
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    Bryan was a pleasure to work with on my mastering project and I feel fortunate having a top notch musician lending his ear.

  36. Review by Lee O.
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    Bryan is great to work with.A master at what he does!

  37. Review by Harold Galvan
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    Had a mixing project to complete and Bryan came thru in the clutch 😎 Excellent communication, made me aware of items to make the mix better. Professional job, recommended and will work with again \m/ \m/ 👌

  38. Review by Leslie Samuel
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    Bryan was great to work with. He worked quickly, made revisions soon after I sent suggested changes and the final product sounds amazing. I'd be happy to have him mix and master more of our music. Highly recommended.

  39. Review by Den
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    Another amazing job well done!

  40. Review by Den
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    Bryan is absolutely excellent! Gave me exactly what I was looking for on the first try. Definitely reccomended

  41. Review by Christian Brown
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    Professional, prompt, and an excellent musician. Pleasure to work with! Thanks again Bryan.

  42. Review by Lee K.
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    Great work as always

  43. Review by Fingazz
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    Bryan nailed it!!! We needed pedal steel on a modern country/rock/pop ballad, without getting too "Nashville" with it. He added the tastiest parts and vibe to compliment our record. Fast and professional - Highly recommend and would hire again.

  44. Review by Joey B.
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    Bryan works fast and is very responsive to messages! He really helped glue my song together better, giving it a more full and complete sound. Thanks!!

  45. Review by Jacob
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    Hard to put Bryans skill into words- The objective stuff is easier: he engineers, he's professional and he listens to and occupies songs with craft and care. Beyond that he plays with skill, taste, timing insight, presence, power, experience, wisdom, joy, feel etc.His pedal steel abilities are extraordinary, his bass playing is gooey, elastic and just right. Hes a specialist but also an all round musical force- so glad I got in touch and listened to all his other glowing reviews!

  46. Review by Diso
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    Another wonderful experience working with Bryan. He took the extra time to dial in exactly what I was looking for helped my song shine. He's your guy!

  47. Review by Lee K.
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    Another great project with Bryan

  48. Review by Chris H.
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    Bryan did a fantastic job with my song. He brought great vocal skills and the passion I was looking for. Am looking forward to working with him again in the very near future.

  49. Review by Diso
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    Bryan is the real deal! Professional, Easy to work with, a great Communicator, and an impressive Banjoist. He was able to give my song more character and the exact feel I described to him. He gets it, I will 100% be working with him again!

  50. Review by Fred Gibbs
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    Bryan did an outstanding job on my instrumental. Great communication and went the extra mile to make sure it sounded the way I wanted. His added touches to the mix made the difference. I will use him again soon for future mixes.

  51. Review by Kaizaac P.
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    Bryan was great to work with, very patient, and his master brought the depth and drive to our song that we were looking for. Delivering us a Great finished product.

  52. Review by Austin Kamban
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    Again, a fantastic job from Bryan. Added that warmth to my project that I was looking for and really opened my songs up!

  53. Review by Austin Kamban
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    Brian does a fantastic job! Exactly what I was looking for. Very communicative and easy to work with.

  54. Review by Trevis W.
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    Bryan was great to work with! He was quick and professional and was able to mix and master my song to my exact liking. When I needed a few things changed he fixed it with no problem! It was awesome working with him and look forward to working with him on future projects.

  55. Review by MH Studios Toronto
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    Great quality and delivery!

  56. Review by Lee K.
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    Another great round of work

  57. Review by landon a.
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    Bryan did a great job. He sent the parts quickly and they sounded great. I hope to work with him again.

  58. Review by Lee K.
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    Been working with Bryan for awhile, he's honest, easy to work to work and always turns out great work

  59. Review by Alex A.
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    Bryan was super professional to work with, very fast turnaround times, great communication, and above all, incredible steel guitar- fit my two songs perfectly!

  60. Review by Lee K.
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    Great work

  61. Review by Evan W.
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    Great person to work with - quick and easy! Master sounded great!

  62. Review by Danielle D.
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    Bryan was a pleasure to work with and delivered and awesome mix!

  63. Review by Lee K.
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    Always great work

  64. Review by David
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    Bryan did an awesome job on the steel slide guitars! And, then was pleasantly surprised that he was a great mixer/producer too! Wow. Great guy to work with, super talented and highly recommended!

  65. Review by David
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    Bryan was just the steel slide guitarist this song needed! He knew just what to do, to enhance the song and take it to the next level! Great musician and wonderful to work with! Highly recommended!

  66. Review by Lee K.
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    Love working with Bryan

  67. Review by Lee K.
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    Always love working with Bryan

  68. Review by EJ R.
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    Very pleased with the work on my track. Definitely will work with him again!

  69. Review by Mel W.
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    What a great, professional experience with Bryan!

  70. Review by Rina
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    Bryan is awesome!! Gave me great musical advice and made my song perfect! Will definitely work with him again!

  71. Review by Dre Shep
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    Great job and very helpful throughout the process

  72. Review by ehagen08
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    Bryan is a total pro. Superb playing. Will really take my tracks to the next level. Went above and beyond with the files he sent to make the mix what I want. Was great to work with and will definitely work with again!

  73. Review by AJ L.
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    If you're looking for quality instrumentation, recording, and professionalism look no further. Bryan was super easy going and his playing speaks for itself. Really could not have asked for a better experience. I will definitely be working with him again.

  74. Review by Magnus Skogsberg
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    Second time working with Bryan and it was awesome!
    A true professional and he once again provided me with exactly what I was looking for in the song.Very good understanding of what I was after.
    Bryan is great working with and highly recommended!

  75. Review by Matthias Piaux
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    Real friendly, genuine and talented Pedal Steel player. Look no further he's your guy.

  76. Review by David L.
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    definitely will be a return customer. Bryan is amazing at what he does and wont stop until you're satisfied. great guy, great engineer!

  77. Review by Andy L.
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    Bryan is an incredibly talented pedal steel guitar player. He listened to my direction and nailed down exactly what I wanted in the first pass. Turnaround was insanely quick too, a matter of a few hours!

  78. Review by Lee K.
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    Passionate beautiful work

  79. Review by Clinton
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    Bryan was friendly, fast and professional. He delivered the perfect harmonies for my song, I highly recommend him.

  80. Review by Charlie
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    Bryan did a great job recording acoustic guitar and lapsteel guitar on my track! His arrangement was lovely and beautifully recorded. Thanks for all your help Bryan!

  81. Review by Matt J.
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    Brian knocked it out of the park for us. Super fast and easy to work with. Great voice as well!

  82. Review by Ekstent
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    Fantastic as always! I will continue to hire him all the time!

  83. Review by Felix Cervin
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    Amazing work. Hired Bryan to play a short snippet of acoustic guitar, and not only did he actually ask me how I wanted it, but also included two muted guitar patterns. Again; amazing work! Thank you! :)

  84. Review by Magnus Skogsberg
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    Bryan was an absolute pleasure to work with.
    Professional, sincere, very communicative and interested in what I, as client wanted.
    Can really recommend Bryan.

  85. Review by Shawn @ Studio Envy
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    Amazing pedal steel work!! Can't wait to do another project with Bryan.
    Super fast and professional to work with.

  86. Review by Matt J.
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    Bryan was super responsive, and had me a version of the track within 24 hours! Really happy with the work.

  87. Review by Bonnie Ryan
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    Bryan responded right away, and did exactly what he said he would do. He got the job done quickly.

  88. Review by Ekstent
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    Excellent as usual! I really appreciate how quickly he works as well. Uber professional and after 4 tracks I’ve yet to have to ask him to adjust a take or give him any guidance. He just nails it!

  89. Review by Ekstent
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    I’ve worked with Bryan three times now and have never had to ask for a revision! Superb!!!!

  90. Review by Ekstent
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    Absolutely fantastic! Exceeded all expectations. I will happily work with him on other songs and will keep him in mind for any future productions. SUPERB!

  91. Review by Ben Wallick
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    Bryan's playing really meshed with the vibe we were going for on the track and was happy to accommodate our revisions. 5 stars!

  92. Review by Rudolf K.
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    Thanks so much again! Nailed it dude, I will send more when ready .
    Thanks again.

  93. Review by Rudolf K.
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    Bryan was super easy to work with. Great communication and chops. He nailed what I was going for. Looking forward to including him more of my music.

  94. Review by Philippe Bronchtein
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    Bryan was one of my favorite musicians to work with in Portland and is a wonderfully melodic steel player. A true master with an excellent ear!

  95. Review by Kate Vogel
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    Bryan is an amazing instrumentalist who can create and hear beautiful complimentary melodies out of thin air. He's played on multiple singles of mine. A pleasure to work with, would love to work with him again many times in the future : )

  96. Review by Bryn Loosley
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    Bryan has mixed, sung, and played pedal steel on two of my albums, some of it remote and some of it in person. He is never anything less than perfect. His musicianship is top-notch, but more importantly, his instincts are right on. Moreover, he's a delight to work with. Hire him immediately.

  97. Review by Milo Fultz
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    Bryan is one of those artists that always plays what will sound good every time. I've performed and recorded with him in a few different groups and he always contributes great energy and musical ideas to every situation.

  98. Review by Tyler Fortier
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    I love the way Bryan approaches a song. I’ve hired him countless times as a pedal steel player for my own music, as well as for projects I’m producing for other songwriters. I’ve also used him for bass and dobro. He always knows where to be, what play, and what to highlight. Fantastic sensibility. I appreciate his communication, quick turn around times, and openness to feedback/direction. I can’t recommend him more.

  99. Review by Maria Francis
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    Bryan Daste is the consummate professional musician. He has played pedal steel and dobro on our most recent recording project and we are beyond thrilled with his performance. He is a highly skilled player who not only has an intuitive feel for the music he is playing, he is also a great collaborator. Bryan is fun and easy to work with, I can't recommend him highly enough!

  100. Review by Jeff Overbo
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    I have worked with Bryan as engineer, steel and dobro session player and live steel player. I absolutely love what he brings to the session. It is like he read my mind, but better. He is always prepared, shows up with out ego, and is super easy to work with.

  101. Review by Brian Rozendal
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    I’ve been playing music with Bryan for nine years, and I can say without hesitation that his professionalism and craft are second to none. Whether collaborating on songwriting, writing melodies, producing recording sessions, mixing complicated arrangments, or touring and playing live every night, Bryan raises the level of everyone around him with his professional attitude and great sense of humor.

  102. Review by Blaine Heinonen
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    Bryan Daste is the Swiss Army knife of musicians. Excelling in every avenue he chooses. Whether it be arranging, producing, engineering or simply playing any instrument he has in his aresenal. I feel that musicianship and taste can be hard to find in even the most learned of players. This is definitly NOT a problem for Bryan Daste. He truly is a stellar human both on and off the stage.

  103. Review by Sarah Wolff
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    I have had the pleasure of working with Brian for over 2 years. Both in the studio and on gigs. He is truly a master at his crafts and he’s very easy to work with. Bryan is basically the poster child for integrity and professionalism. He has always been 100% reliable and never fails to make our music more compelling!

  104. Review by Felix Melamed
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    I have worked with Bryan over the last three albums that I recorded. He recorded pedal steel, standup bass, and banjo for me. What can I say about Bryan? He is as good as it gets. Great chops, excellent equipment, and superb taste. He has got the goods to play with the best (not talking about myself now) and well deserves it. No attitude. No ego. Will use his services again and again.

  105. Review by Emma Hill
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    I've worked with Bryan since 2007. At first as a producer and recording engineer and then as a player in my band. He is extremely talented in both fields. His ear for arrangement is tasteful and unique. Being a multi-instrumentalist, he brings a lot to the table as both a session and live player. His vocal harmony work is also stellar. I envision working with Bryan for the rest of my career.

Interview with Bryan Daste

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

  2. A: A lot of my online work consists of playing pedal steel for clients. I also specialize in clawhammer banjo, which is a rhythmic/melodic style that has a warmer, less brash sound than the more typical bluegrass style. Those are my two main touring instruments as well. I've also added upright bass (always loved that sound) into the mix, plus electric bass. I also work as a recording and mixing engineer in Portland and remotely.

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

  4. A: I love what Greg Leisz does on pedal steel for so many diverse artists...he really gets that beautiful, almost indescribable tone out of his instrument. And he plays an Emmons like me!

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

  6. A: For instrumental tracking, I usually start by charting out the song in the Nashville Number System, with as much rhythmic detail as I can. Then I set up a session with the rough mix of the song, a click if applicable, and track for the miked signal as well as a DI channel. I'll read over the client's notes and then take a rough pass at the song. Usually I will play the song between 5-10 times total, until I am pleased with every note. Sometimes I will edit together the take or replay sections to flow together seamlessly.

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

  8. A: I really strive to listen with an arranger's ear. Nobody's interested in hearing me play a bunch of stuff "just because I can." The parts I play should really fit the song, and enhance the lyric rather than obscuring it. I try to find the push and release already inherent in the song and enhance it. In fact, that's my motto: "Enhance...enhance...enhance!" "His arrangements on Denali are incredibly intuitive, and the choices he makes underscore his knack for knowing exactly what is needed to best showcase each song. Daste has a light touch, avoiding the temptation to clutter, allowing the tunes to breathe. But his skills don’t stop there; Bryan Daste is an excellent harmony singer. Add to that his selfless work ethic; he does everything to support the artist and nothing to draw undue attention to himself. He faithfully serves the singer and the song, in the process becoming invaluable to both. The list of instruments he employs is lengthy, and the manner in which he wields them is tasteful and understated. His presence, indispensible, adds depth to the live performance of Hill's material." - Joe McSpadden, The Flame Still Burns

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Supporting the song.

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

  12. A: A lot of folk, Americana, and singer/songwriter material, though I do "get weird" every now and then. I've played on psychedelic rock records, aggressive goth-rock, pure country, cosmic country, high energy roots rock...

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

  14. A: Coco Chanel once said "before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory."

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

  16. A: Too many to list! I've always thought The Avett Brothers could use some steel guitar :-)

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Texture-based.

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

  20. A: I have a degree in audio engineering from the University of Miami, and I started my professional career in audio post production (TV, radio). When I moved to Portland I transitioned to music full time and never looked back! I split time between the road and the studio. I love both and don't think I could choose if I had to!

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

  22. A: Well, definitely my Emmons S-12 push/pull pedal steel. That thing is like my best friend. The Millennia mic pre and AKG 414 are both "Swiss Army knife" pieces of gear that are super versatile. Add my Goldtone banjo and Becker upright bass and I'm a happy guy!

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

  24. A: Have an idea of what you want from the performer beforehand, and be descriptive, but leave room for the player to work his/her magic. That's why you hired them, right? :)

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

  26. A: What do you want the (steel, banjo, bass) to achieve in the song? What are the lyrics about? What emotions do you want to convey?

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

  28. A: That it's easy! Haha...

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

  30. A: "Where'd you learn that pedal steel thingie?" I took lessons here and there and picked up a lot from my fellow steel players. There's a great community and brotherhood surrounding pedal steel. Also, transcription is a powerful learning tool.

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

  32. A: I love to make things sound cool!

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

  34. A: I promise to listen deeply to both your music and your thoughts about what you want. I hate "one-size-fits-all."

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: I like a big fat analog front end and the convenience of digital editing! Best of both worlds.

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

  38. A: Working on a couple steel tracks for Evan Phillips from Alaska. He's the frontman of the group The Whipsaws, as well as a solo artist.

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

  40. A: I recently finished an album called "Unheard, Unseen" for Small Souls, a duo I'm part of with a guy named Brian Rozendal. We worked on the album for about two years, start to finish, which included demoing out everything. We spent a ton of time in pre-production so that when we got to making the "real" album, we had already worked out the kinks. Sometimes you have to do the obvious thing first and then find something more interesting. Brian's songwriting is amazing, so I had great raw material to work with, but I'm really proud of how that album turned out. It's dark, challenging, and beautiful. Check it out - https://smallsouls.bandcamp.com/album/unheard-unseen

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I have several amps at my disposal, plus a selection of condensor, ribbon and dynamic microphones, including an AKG 414 and a Shure SM7B. I use a Millennia TD-1 mic pre, with an Empirical Labs Distressor when needed. I use a Kemper Profiler with a bunch of custom profiles I made myself, plus some purchased profiles from top profile makers.

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

  44. A: Yes - Tyler Fortier is a great producer. Kyleen King for strings.

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Demo reel (various artists)

I was the pedal steel, banjo, bass player (also mixed most of these) in this production


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    "Magnesium Dreams" by Emma Hill
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    "Tender" by Silver Lake 66
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    "Furiously Happy" by Emma Hill
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GenresSounds Like
  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Jayhawks
  • First Aid Kit
Gear Highlights
  • Emmons S-12 extended E9 push/pull pedal steel
  • Goldtone MM-150 openback banjo
  • Becker upright bass
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