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Brendan James

Archive for 2012

DJBPT Radio Show #001


My First show with KGNU 88.5FM in Boulder!
In this show I explore the CD vault in the station and pull out some of my favorite Jazz / Funk tracks from the early blue note catalog.

2012_12-03-DJBPT-KGNU#001 by Brendan James on Mixcloud


Track Artist, Title Time
01 Gregorory Issacs – Top 10 0:00
02 Donald Byrd – Black Byrd 3:27
03 Donald Byrd – Science Funktion 8:16
04 Bobby Humphry – Harlem River Drive 12:50
05 The Gil Evans Orchestra – Crosstown Traffic 18:26
06 Ronnie Laws – Always There 26:45
07 Gato Barbieri – El Pamero 31:22
08 The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Use Your Brain 42:19
09 Harold Alexander – Mama Soul 49:05
10 Donalyd Byrd – You And Music 56:05

Live Sound – Overview

2012-09-21 22.05.20-sm

Live – a different world

Live sound typically involves long hours and short deadlines. The equipment selection is usually limited and the demands of the clients high. In show business boisterous and demanding personalities are the norm and when clients want something they want it pretty close or near now.


The live sound world requires a completely different skillset than the recording studio. The equipment is different, the challenges are different, and the time-frame is different. The largest factor during any event is time and the inevitable ”show must go on” philosophy that pushes you to think and react quickly once doors are open.

Early Years

I first began working live events while studying recording at my university in Boston. I found that I could make much more money than your standard recording studio internship. For me the growth opportunities in live sound were tangible and I could learn in the process.


I immediately got a jump on the Boston music scene working at The Paradise Rock Club  before I was old enough to get through the doors (I was eighteen). I freelanced with a latin sound company that brought in premiere latin acts from all over the world and learned a little Spanish in the process (in awkward situations when everyone was screaming at me).

Corporate Audio Visual

When I moved to New York City I began to focus more on corporate clientele and events with large budgets that allowed for the flexibility in planning. My work at black tie events and fundraisers put me in the driver’s seat operating acoustic performances with Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga.

Live Sound Client List


Selected Client List:

  • Al Gore
  • Barbra Bush
  • Barbra Walters
  • Bill Clinton
  • Govenor John Hickenlooper
  • Governor David Patterson
  • Joan London
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  (Singapore)
  • Martha Stewart


Cosmic Culture: A Journey into AfroFuturism curated by King Britt


A journey into the cosmic influence of one of my favorite DJ’s – King Britt:

Tawk Tomahawk



Captain Planet – Mystery Trip Vol. 1 Mixtape by bastardjazz on SoundCloud


I have a wide variety of experience assisting with all areas of the musical process

from creative concept and songwriting to technical aspects of recording engineering and mixing:

  • Rhythm Programming
  • Instrument Arrangement
  • Loop Based Music
  • Sample Library Organization
  • Live Drum Recording
  • File Session Management
  • Multi-Track Recording
  • Mixing
  • Vocal Tracking / Harmonies
  • Soldering, Rack Wiring


DAW / Music

««««« Steinberg Cubase
Professional operation studio recording and composition with 6 years daily experience. Extremely fast comping and editing -Proficiency to version 6.5.

««««« Degidesign Pro Tools
8 years experience with training on Pro Tools 6/7 (HD).
Limited usage up to version 10 with work at artist’s request.

««««« MOTU Digital Performer
Original programming / composition tool
Proficiency up to version 6.

««««« Ableton Live
Development of live patches / programming. Transitioning studio elements to live patches for MIDI control / artist performance.

Composition // arrangement tool
Proficient to Version 6.

Plug-ins / Software Instruments

««««« Native Instruments Kontakt
Sampler patch development / design for rhythmic & melodic instruments. Module programming, automation. Proficient to Version 5.


Production, Engineering and Mixing services for a wide range of musical styles.
Including: funk, soul, jazz downtempo / lounge, rock, pop and electronic



Location flexibility:

I can work with any budget in a local or remote setting combining the best of digital and analog technologies with studio locations in New York City and Denver, Colorado.

New York City Colorado
Abstract Rhythm Studio Elevation Sound Studios
10 Jay st 10,000 West 100th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201 Westminster, Co 80021

Feel free to contact me directly with project inquires as well as general questions:
(347) 403-9993


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