Brian Gross got started in music at a young age, playing a plethora of instruments including bass guitar, sax, and synthesizer. While attending a summer camp for jazz band, twelve-year-old Brian was first introduced to the world of recording.
"We went into a studio to record the band, and I was fascinated by mic technique and Pro Tools from day one," says Brian.
In the time since, Brian has evolved his sonic palette further towards jazz, especially artists that push the boundaries of the genre. Brian sees the studio as a place to get wildly creative and some of his current favorites, Thundercat and Snarky Puppy, do just that.
"I love jazz musicians who blend electronic elements into their music," Brian says. "It's my favorite part of the recording process, getting wild and making some noise. I love sitting down on the floor playing with some great sounding toys."
We're excited to have Brian as a part of the Vintage King family and allow him to share his impressive knowledge of gear with our clients. He's pretty pumped too. "I get to talk about gear I love with people who have the same passion. What’s not to like?"
Q & A
What piece of gear changed how people work the most?
Akai MPC. Pro tools may have changed the workflow, but the MPC created genres.
What record do you point to as an example of perfect music production? Why?
Daft Punk - “Random Access Memories” This feels like a cop out, but it’s simply one of the best. The production, mix, and songwriting are all top notch.
What is the most important piece of recording or production advice you've ever received?
“Play Stuff” - Marcus Miller. To expand on this, when Marcus solos he has tangible ideas he uses. He stops, thinks about an idea, and runs with it. I think this applies nicely to all areas of production.