Brian Squillace

Indie Music Producer

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Let me help you discover your sound! Whether we are starting a song from scratch, or building on your existing demo, I can turn it into a professional playlist-ready track. Tracks I've produced have landed on Spotify and Apple editorial playlists, as well as been featured by blogs like NPR Music, Spin, Noisey, and others.

I'm a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and mixing engineer. I've been playing and writing music actively for 15 years and operate out of my home studio in Los Angeles, CA. I'm obsessed with music, and I love nothing more than helping other people get excited about their songs. I love to hear someone's vision and make it a reality for them. It's the best part of my job.

In addition to producing, I am active as a member of the band LANNDS (Run for Cover), and I am the touring drummer for Yuno (Sub Pop).

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54 Reviews - 16 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Dale Hiscock
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    Brian's always great to work with, both as a client or as a service provider. Very professional & talented, great communicator, and just generally a good dude anybody would be happy to have on their team.

  2. Review by Kassy
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    Love working with Brian, he's the best!! Incredible producer and excellent communicator, always helps get our tracks to the next level

  3. Review by Kassy
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    Absolute pleasure working with Brian again! He is a seriously talented producer and not only takes direction well, but also has tons of great ideas to throw bring to the table to make the track that much better. Looking forward to working with him again!

  4. Review by Kassy
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    Loved working with Brian!! He’s excellent at his craft and a great communicator with fast turnaround. Looking forward to many more projects together!

  5. Review by Miguel Mendoza
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    Working with Brian has been a nice experience. Very clear ideas, Highly recommended. Nice Music

  6. Review by David
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    Excellent producer and a skilled instrumentalist. Took my old song and breathed new life into it. Great communication throughout the process. Will be working with Brian again in the future.

  7. Review by Taylor Neal
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    Brian is a chill, friendly and professional producer who really knows what is best for the track. Great experience working with him

  8. Review by Lea
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    Brian is the best! Absolutely killed it!!

  9. Review by Brianna A.
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    Brian is absolutely phenomenal. An incredible talent, I loved the ideas he brought to the table but more so just appreciated his timeliness, patience and all around positive attitude. The mix more than exceeding my expectations!

  10. Review by Stephan M.
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    Brian was extremely patient and flexible to work with. True professional!

  11. Review by Lea
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    Brian is the best!! Super easy to communicate with and completely understood and amplified every suggestion and vision I had.

  12. Review by Completely Boofy Blitzed
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    A genuinely reassuring contribution any time.

  13. Review by Symphonie
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    Brian is a super talented producer, musician, and artist. He took my rough demo and quickly gave it a polished new sound and style. Friendly, receptive to feedback, efficient, and professional. If you're looking for awesome indie production, Brian is definitely your guy! Thanks!

  14. Review by Completely Boofy Blitzed
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    Working with other people is often hard and fettering but with Brian I had a totally elevating experience.

  15. Review by Britt Warner
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    Brian is an agile producer who was able to add his own creative intuition into the mix, so to speak, while respectful of the vision I had for my song. He brought exciting ideas to the table that elevated the track to a new level. He is organized and pays close attention to detail--we went back and forth until I was completely satisfied. His work speaks for itself. I highly recommend enlisting him for your project!

  16. Review by Lauren
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    Working with Brian has been the best! He is GREAT with communication, listening and delivering an epic result. I cannot wait to work together again and am beyond happy with the result of our projects.

  17. Review by Meg Eliza
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    Brian heard what I wanted and delivered on it. He is a genius, highly recommend and will work with again!!

  18. Review by Lauren
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    Brian has been a godsent. He took the time to listen to my vision and brought it to life. Brian made the entire process seem so easy, and was very pleasant to work with. On top of him delivering amazing sounds as the producer/mixer, he also gave me a lot of great insight on the industry as an artist himself. I look forward to working with him again.

  19. Review by RØSES
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    Working with Brian is always a fabulous experience - he's so creative, and really takes your thoughts and feedback and turns them into something gorgeous. :)

  20. Review by chelseyboy
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    Brian helped me get a song I was sitting on for 3 years to a place I could only dream about. He has the skillset and tools of a top-40 producer yet has an eclectic ear and was able to take my song to the next level while keeping it's lo-fi edginess. I am inspired to finally finish my album, with his expertise of course. Thank you Brian!

  21. Review by RØSES
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    Brian is an absolutely amazing human, and so amazing to work with! He’s extremely kind, patient and so very creative. He really listens to the ideas and feelings behind your lyrics and quite perfectly manages to craft a track to convey them in a really fresh way. He has quickly become my go-to producer, and I can’t wait to work with him more!

  22. Review by Joey Weinberg
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    Brian is the best! His production and mixing skills are best of the best for if you're going for a moody analoge-y sound! Always a pleasure to work with.

  23. Review by Mike S.
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    Brian is an incredibly talented producer and went above and beyond to create something special. We are so happy that we found him and pleased with the song we worked on together.

  24. Review by Ana Green
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    Brian is always on point with his work. He truly understands the song and what you are trying to accomplish from it. I love working with him as he is always willing and persistent on getting the job done. You can really see the passion is there.

  25. Review by Khalid Precious
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    Really professional and caring about the client's vision, will do whatever he can to make the best record based on the client's vision. Brian was also really supportive and positive the whole time, there was nothing impossible for him, he would at least try. He always stays in touch and update you and accept whatever feedback you have on his material. I will definitely work with him again, no doubt. He's one of the first producers that I felt confident releasing music with.

  26. Review by Ana Green
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    Brian is an amazing producer and creator! He is patient, observant, passionate, and the most easy going guy around! I had the easiest time recording with him. He made it so simple and so precise. Definitely going to be coming back to him in the long run!

  27. Review by Darren Dominique
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    Brian is brilliant, as always! His ability to create new layers that complement existing arrangements is spot-on. Great work!

  28. Review by I Want Poetry
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    Brian is fantastic to work with. Easy going, quick to respond and super creative. If you’re looking for an indie producer, we highly recommend you check out his work.

  29. Review by Christina Pasion
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    Brian was awesome to work with. He is very patient and tentative to the sound I was looking for and communicated with me effectively, I would definitely recommend his services!

  30. Review by Sabrina
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    Worked with Brian on production and mixing this time, and again, quality is A1 (not surprised though). I stand by everything I said in the comment below lol. Work with him, you won't regret it!

  31. Review by Sabrina
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    Yooo Brian is amazing! He is so talented; I worked with him on just production and his producing skills are superb and not only is he super kind, but he is so easy to communicate with, and he can take your song and bring out the best in it! Highly recommend working with him:)

  32. Review by gözde
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    Brian is just amazing! He turned my song into something really cool. He's very easy to work with and had great ideas. Very professional. Definitely recommend!

  33. Review by Lizzie
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    I asked Brian to tackle a rather personal and difficult track and he nailed it per usual. Always a pleasure working with him!

  34. Review by Danielle
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    Dude, Brian is so dope and talented. And not only that he is a GREAT listener which is so important when working with a producer. He gives thoughtful feedback and suggestions while still letting you control the reins. Top tier producer, can't praise enough.

  35. Review by shahir a.
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    Brian is an easy producer to work with. He is good at hearing the direction of a song, adding his own input and also taking all artist input into consideration. He has a good ear for music and great editing skills. Would definitely recommend and work on similar projects if the opportunity arises.

  36. Review by Lizzy
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    I loved working with brain. He's so patient and talented ! definitely recommend.

  37. Review by Fernanda O'Brien
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    Brian is the most talented producer I have yet to work with. So reliable, quick replies, great listener but most importantly he takes the time to figure out your true individual sound. Highly recommend using his services!!

  38. Review by Lizzie
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    Always such a great experience with Brian!! Always brings my vision to life. Highly recommend!

  39. Review by Darren Dominique
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    Brian did it again! He was able to take my obscure musical references, creative direction, and pull together a fantastic mix of a challenging song. Highly recommended!

  40. Review by Butcher & The Florist
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    We really enjoyed working with Brian! He was very patient with our many requests and brought a lot of his own style to the songs, really giving them a modern feel. Great experience!

  41. Review by Danielle
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    Brian rules. He is such a gem and I feel lucky to have found him here. He's a great listener, gives honest feedback and loves what he does. I would recommend him over and over!

  42. Review by Lizzie
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    Really cant say enough good things about Brian - such a talented musician and producer. I highly recommend him!! I will definitely be working with him again in the future. If you're thinking about working with him, just do it you will not regret it!

  43. Review by Fernanda O'Brien
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    Brian is beyond incredible to work with. He is extremely talented, patient and has a strong musical intuition.
    Highly recommend!!

  44. Review by Darren Dominique
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    Brian is brilliant – a supremely talented engineer and producer with an ear for very fine details in a mix. Brian not only asks the right questions, but he demonstrates a thorough understanding of what is being requested. His ability to elevate a rough mix is seriously mind-blowing. I am so genuinely thrilled to have found Brian and will definitely be working with him again very soon!

  45. Review by Danielle
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    Brian is patient, understanding and supportive. He understands that your vision as an artist is the most important thing and wants to help you achieve it in any way he can! I am stoked to work with him again.

  46. Review by Danielle
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    Brian works so incredibly fast. He is a great listener and takes the time to really understand your vision as an artist. He was able to take my idea and really make it so incredible. I will definitely be working with him again and again.

  47. Review by Lizzie
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    Brian is such a talented producer. He has truly helped bring my visions to life! Highly recommend him!!!!

  48. Review by Butcher & The Florist
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    We're working with Brian on production for a few songs and his work is fantastic. He's very easy to communicate with, extremely prompt in response and delivery and has a great ear for what a song needs. We would definitely recommend!

  49. Review by Eduardo María
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    Brian is Brian! Amazing work! From the very beginning you feel you can trust him as a fellow artist. He gives the space that the art needs to breathe but is always at hand if you need him. Awesome instincts! Can't wait to work on more projects with him. It's been real!

  50. Review by Joey Weinberg
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    Brian has been awesome to work with.His mix was great. He was very communicative and open to both my feedback on his mixes and working with some of the already mixed tracks I wanted to keep from my rough mix.

  51. Review by SHUHEI KUROSKA
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    He is very kind and is super professional and work politely.Thanks so much.

  52. Review by Abigail O.
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    Highly recommended!!

    I am so glad that I chose to work with Brian on the production and mixing of my new music! He has been so easy to work with and communicates quickly. He has also helped me to find the best equipment for my home studio, and given me very helpful advice to make my vocal tracks the best quality. He created the exact sound that I was looking for, and the turnaround time was incredible. I will be using Brian for all of my future projects!

  53. Review by Colin
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    Brian is a very creative, generous, versatile collaborator. He’s helped me develop my little ideas into fully realized songs. If there’s a any sort of roadblock with with a song, be it lyrics, melody, instrumentation, structure, or creating a unique synth sound or drum beat, he always has a solution. He has a big picture view of the project but also obsessed the little details that make a song unique. Most importantly, at least to me, he has an impeccable sense of mood. You could describe a mood and he can create the sound.

  54. Review by Luis M.
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    I've had the pleasure of working with Brian on 3 different songs and will continue to hire him in the future. He's fast, creative, easy-going, knowledgeable and passionate about music. Brian listened to the over all vision that I had for the project and really helped with taking the arrangement as well as the production to the next level. I would highly recommend working with Brian.

Interview with Brian Squillace

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

  2. A: I'm really loving the track that I have as my profile track at the moment: Lea Cota - Sugarcane. She's a brilliant songwriter. She brought that song to me knowing that the song was great, but not having a strong vision for how it should sound instrumentally. Together we discovered a sound for it, and she's had a lot of success with it. I love watching music get released!

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

  4. A: I have about 10 things going on at all times! If I don't have at least 5 tracks I'm working on at any given moment then something is wrong. My life has to be full of music.

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

  6. A: Yes, for mastering - Dale Hiscock, and for indie/folk production - Taylor Neal.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I love the sound of old analog records. With that being said - I've been doing digital home recording since high school, and it's what I know. I love using digital tools to really distort audio and get crazy sounds. I think that's the world I'm most comfortable in. Give me a sample that you recorded off of your voice memos on your iPhone and let me turn that into a dance track for you. That's what I love about digital music.

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

  10. A: I promise we're going to work til we get it right. I'm not tied up in revision amounts and all that. I want to make sure you're happy, and we're going to communicate effectively through the whole process and get you to where you want to be. You'll leave happy.

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

  12. A: I get to watch people get stoked about their music! I know what it's like to be working on a track and want to listen to it nonstop, in the car, on a walk, whenever. I love it when I send a file to someone and they can't stop listening to it.

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

  14. A: The thing everyone asks is - what do you think about the track? I love to be honest. I'm going to tell you what's working about it, and what's not, from a production standpoint. If I can't identify what's wrong, how can I fix it?

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

  16. A: A lot of people think that production is about having the right equipment and plugins. The best producers out there could make a hit in garage band. Yes, fancy tools help and are fun, but absolutely not necessary for creating meaningful music.

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

  18. A: What's inspiring you right now? What music is making you lose your mind?

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

  20. A: Look for a real relationship with someone! Don't let a producer make you feel like you're on an assembly line. Your music deserves personalized attention, and even when hiring online I think you should expect that.

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

  22. A: Well, on my desert island I'm going to need electricity. I'm bringing a sampler, macbook, microphone, interface, and a midi controller. I'm happy.

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

  24. A: I've been doing this my whole life, to some extent. Even when I was younger, I was having all my friends bands come record with me. I started off playing in punk and emo bands in high school. I eventually migrated to indie rock and spent my 20s focused on playing in as many projects as I could. I learned that my happy place in a band is something that looks like a producer role. At some point people started paying me to produce their music, and I haven't looked back ever since.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My style is psychedelic, dynamic, and dreamy. I love soundscapes and big explosive moments. I love having production details that are there only for the most attentive listeners.

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

  28. A: I have a huge list. And maybe it's not even about collaboration - I'd like to be a fly on the wall in some studios. If I could see how the record '22 a million' by bon iver was made, I could die happy.

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

  30. A: Don't think too hard! You'll end up talking yourself out of your best ideas. Gut instinct is a powerful tool and should always be considered.

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

  32. A: It's a big spectrum from pop and indie rock, to experimental electronic. I think the thread that connects them all is that I'm all about mood. I love a song that will attach itself to your memory, or give you goosebumps. I think any genre can do that, and it's all about once you find that sound, don't overcomplicate it.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I'm good at listening. I want to hear what an artist wants and deliver. Sometimes artists are unsure of what they want because they are brand new, and I want to instill confidence in someone that their vision is valid and possible.

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

  36. A: I bring alternate perspectives. I know that sounds like an obvious thing - but it's important. Most of my artists are working by themselves, and when you're the only one writing and recording a song, it's really easy to get stuck in negative feedback loops and never be happy with a song. Often times it just takes an outside ear to tell you something is working or it isn't, and suggest some alternative routes. The amount of time I can save someone just by simply agreeing or disagreeing with them with some honest feedback is really invaluable.

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

  38. A: The process is really unique for each artist. But almost always, the first step is establishing a connection. When we're working remotely, it can be frustrating when your producer is just a message on a website. I like to really "meet" someone and hear about what they're in to, and what they're musically most excited about. After that, we have a conversation about how we're going to move forward with their track. I usually like to start off with a small chunk of the song, maybe the first verse and chorus, and really stylize that and establish a vibe before we work on the entire track. I want to give the artist a chance to give me real feedback and guide me before we get too far into the track. Once I get the feeling we're on the same page, I jump in and work on the whole thing.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a cozy home setup in a bedroom of my apartment. It's been acoustically treated, but beyond that it's about comfort for me. I love being surrounded by my instruments and nice warm lighting. It makes creativity flow. If you live in LA and want to come work in person, let me know!

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

  42. A: Justin Vernon, Chaz Bundick, Jack Antinoff, Benny Blanco, to name a few.

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

  44. A: My job is all about listening. I try to hear what the artist is really imagining their record to sound like. Sometimes, it's about discovering that sound together. If an artist is unsure of the exact direction to go, I love to dive deep with them and explore possibilities.

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I work until we get it right. Turn-around time varies, depending on the project and my schedule. I'm very quick to respond and communication is important. If you need something rushed, let me know.

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  • LANNDS 'In The Garden' on NPR MusicNov 15, 2021

    https://www.npr.org/sections/now-playing/2021/11/03/1047717275/lannds-in-the-garden