15 years of Pro experience composing, producing, and mixing for national artists and brands (Lizzo, Geico, Biden 2020, NFL). Winner of the 2019 Great American Songwriting Contest
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8 ReviewsEndorse Sean Alexander Brennan
Sean Brennan is a pro. I've worked with him as producer, as mixer and as composer and he shines as each not just because he's good at what he does, but because he genuinely loves the work. He's got a clear vision for his work and is immeasurably helpful at bringing others' visions to life. As a musician myself it's fascinating to watch his brain work through challenges to find solutions – and he's a wizard with gear! I'm always impressed with the caliber of even his smaller side projects and would recommend him in all areas of music production, recorded or live. Three cheers! 🙌
I have hired Sean for my music - to arrange, produce, and mix - and for my podcast (pretty much for all the same). Sean does excellent work, goes above and beyond in terms of suggesting ideas and directions we can go in, is easy to communicate with, and delivers work in finished form on time. I recommend him so highly. He's super flexible with genres, and really just a lot of fun to work with.
Sean handles over a dozen projects for me each year. He's my Swiss Army knife because it doesn't matter if it's a podcast, sound design, or songwriting and production, he's usually the best fit for the job. Hiring freelancers should take things off of your plate so you can focus on other areas of your business, but it doesn't always work out that way. What I like about working with Sean is that you ask for it, he gets it, and the result exceeds what you imagined. The bottom line is that we see more engagement on projects that Sean contributes to. It's a very easy decision to make.
i have turned to Sean about a dozen times for sound production expertise and not once has he let me down. I would recommend Sean for his attention to detail, broad musical vocabulary and professional sound editing skills. He's also super creative so the ideas I present him with always come out even better than i imagined! 10/10, true professional.
Sean’s work is excellent. We hired him to create a video ad series for our lead generation campaign. His discovery process and communication was very thorough and what he produced was fantastic - high quality and perfectly tailored for our audience. A great investment and we look forward to our next project with Sean.
I worked with Sean on several education-related videos & podcasts, and he was an incredible composer and producer to work with. He listens well, asks the right questions, is understanding and patient yet clear about what is needed, respectful of all stakeholders including youth, and the music products always turned out way better than I could’ve dreamed. He has so much versatility in terms of genre. He’s also so much fun to work with. He would be an asset to any project.
Finally, a multifaceted music producer who is a pleasure to be around! Sean was instrumental in bringing my project to life. I was worried an outside collaborator would leave their fingerprints all over my work, but he uncovered what I wanted instead of pushing an agenda. Skillset-wise, he’s basically an extremely proficient Swiss Army knife. Most folks specialize in one technical aspect, but have bad taste or can’t write. Sean is a one-stop-shop. He's easy to connect with artistically and personally. Working with Sean was a huge relief on all levels!
Incredible producer. I brought him a song that I wrote, and he helped me turn it into a beautiful finished product. He's a great listener, and understood what I was going for. I've worked with producers in the past who just wanted to do what they wanted to do, but that wasn't my experience with Sean at all. He understood what I was going for, even when I didn't explain it well, and he worked hard to get it there. Style-wise, it didn't seem like there was anything he couldn't do. Super fun guy too.
Interview with Sean Alexander Brennan
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, obvs. The world is analog, but everybody listens to music digitally, so you've got to embrace a hybrid philosophy. Also, I've done a lot of A/B tests of analog gear vs. digital plugins, and it's really just not that different at this point.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started by composing and producing for TV commercials in 2007. A friend had started a production company, and he asked me to come be the music and audio guy. Within a month, I had my original music on a national Geico commercial. Since then, I've done just about everything in the music world. I've composed for TV, podcasts, short films, theatre, fashion shows, and immersive sculptures. In 2014, I started my indie rock project Strange Weather, which has been my passion project.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Vibrant. Or maybe just Enjoyable? I want to make music that whisks you away, whether it's a dance song or a heartbreak ballad, I want it to be juicy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Laura Marling. I think she's one of the greatest singer songwriters working right now. I love her taste, and she has a taste for subtle but potent landscapes, and I'd love to see how far she would push that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My band, Strange Weather. Colorful, psychedelic, dance-able indie rock with real instruments and lots of latin percussion.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: World building. Which in some cases might just be Song Writing. I think of music as invisible architecture, and when I write a song or build a recording I want it to feel like you're walking into a very specific space. People often describe this kind of music as "cinematic" which is I think because it feels like there's a story happening, which I think is crucial.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work on a Macbook Pro, with UA converters, Neumann monitors, and a bunch of outboard gear (UA 2610, Cranesong Falcon compressors, Maag EQs). I live in Brooklyn and have a studio in the basement of a brownstone here.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm all over the map on this question. My first favorite piece of music as a kid was Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and I still think it's one of the best piece of music ever written. But ultimately, it all depends on the situation. Current indie musicians/producers that inspire me: Richard Swift, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Chicano Batman, Crumb, Jonathan Rado, Everything Everything, Big Thief. I listen to a ton of 60s space-age bachelor pad music (it's a real genre): Esquivel, Les Baxter, Martin Denny. If it's older rock and pop music, I'm still drawing inspiration from Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, Tears for Fears, The Beatles, Radiohead, STP, Elvis, The Kinks. If it's film scores, I can't get over Bernard Hermann and Danny Elfman. I also spend a lot of time listening to African and South American music like Toumani Diabate, Ballake Sissoko, Ebo Taylor, and Caetano Veloso.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I've scored hundreds of TV commercials, produced, written for, and mixed independent artists, and produced and scored a number of successful podcasts.