For any budding music lover, there comes a point when their listening habits go from something they do routinely to borderline obsession. Vintage King Audio Consultant Brett Flaherty can remember how it all came together for him at a young age.
“My earliest memories of becoming interested in music are from when I would listen to my pocket-sized FM radio as a child,” Brett Flaherty says. “I can remember listening to it late at night and being captivated by the sounds of stereo recording.”
Brett’s intense passion for music soon gave way to learning an instrument, as he would take up playing the piano in his childhood home. After purchasing a keyboard with a record function, the young musician created his own take on multi-tracking by carefully recording internal drum rhythms, accompaniment and melodies.
Over the course of the next few decades, Brett would take the lessons learned while working at his craft and apply them to playing in bands, engineering and producing music for other artists. His efforts paid off as Brett had a number of his musical ideas and guitar parts selected to appear on a release from Tommy Lee’s Methods of Mayhem.
“Inspiration comes first and it cannot be forced, you have to let the music come out of you,” Brett explains. “When working on audio I trust my ears and feel the music. The vibe and where the music takes you is everything in a production.”
Now as a member of the Vintage King family, Brett looks forward to helping clients trust their ears and find the right gear for their studio. No matter whether you’re just getting started or building out a world-class facility, he can help you achieve your audio dreams with ease.
Q & A
What record do you point to as an example of perfect music production? Why?
RED’s End of Silence. The feel and emotion of the record is very cohesive. A very natural and powerful mix, not overly processed, with an amazing orchestration of instruments and elements.
What is the most important piece of recording or production advice you've ever received?
Find your inner note.
What's something interesting that many people might not know about you?
I am a skilled auto mechanic and have maintained and modified my own cars ever since I was a teenager.