We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Griffin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Sure! Ordinarily my career is based in live performance and studio recording, but since the pandemic hit I have completely re-focused my career toward my own studio recording. Back in New York 10 or 12 years ago, I was trying to surround myself with musicians whose career paths I wanted to follow. At that time I’d asked a few people about ways to further my studio career. Within one week, two great NYC session drummers, Shawn Pelton and Sammy Merendino, both made a very strong case for me to immediately invest in my own recording setup. “Home recording isn’t the future – its right now” is what Shawn told me back then. And with that, I swiped a credit card for some equipment and signed a lease on a small production room so that I could start learning.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Basically I have a full service drum studio. I record different styles of drums, drum programming & percussion for different types of clients. Artists send me songs and then I send back different options for them to try out. I also have the capability to record live in front of the client on a zoom call with professional audio, which helps speed up the collaborative process.
My most gratifying moments in this profession have been when I’ve been able to help shape and deliver a recording or a live performance. I love the opportunity to bring the various experiences I’ve had over the years to different singers and composers. I love the diversity of projects that have come my way since I came to Los Angeles. Jazz, punk, rock, pop, folk music, film and TV scores, Brazilian and Ethiopian music – it’s all been a blast and and I love that I can still safely contribute to the community here and around the world from my studio.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve only been in LA a few years, but so far my shortlist includes – visiting the beach at Point Dume, sampling the breakfast burritos at Tacos Villa Corona and once its safe, going to hear the great musicians at ANY of the music venues in town. Thanks!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m super grateful to two widely accomplished musicians, Sammy Merendino and Shawn Pelton who both encouraged me early on to start my own recording business.