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Tarquin playing Gibson Les Paul Custom in Jungle Room Studios, New York, 2013
|Birth name||Brian Tarquin|
December 2, 1965 |
New York City, New York
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, music cimposer, producer , smooth jazz artist|
|Instruments||Guitar, keyboards, bass|
|Labels||Jazz inspiration/MCA Records, Instinct, Cleopatra, Nu Groove, BHP Music|
|Associated acts||Asphalt Jungle, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones (musician), Joe Satriani, Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Hal Lindes, Steve Vai, Chris Poland, Chuck Loeb|
|Website||www.briantarquin.com, www.tvfilmtrax.com, www.jungleroomstudios.com|
|Gibson Gold Top Les Paul Deluxe, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Gibson ES 355, Ibanez 8 String|
Brian Tarquin is an American multi-Emmy Award winning guitarist/composer and producer of the Guitar Masters Series featuring Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Jimmy Page, Santana, BB King and Joe Satriani. Also known for his work as a smooth jazz artist and a music composer receiving 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series and also received Emmy nominations in 2001, 2002 and 2004. Tarquin has sold more than 150,000 albums through his career in the USA. He wrote the theme music for MTV's Road Rules, as well as producing music for many other TV shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "TMZ on TV", America's Next Top Model, ABC's Making The Band, Extra, Alias and the Keanu Reeves film The Watcher. In 2014, Tarquin produced, engineered and composed Guitars for Wounded Warriors, which showcases Tarquin’s guitar prowess alongside other guitarists such as, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Guns N' Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb (Fourplay). The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by those military soldiers who fought for our country and released by Cleopatra Records.
Early life and career
Born in New York City, Tarquin was the only child of Perry Joseph Browne and Pema Browne. Early in Perry's career he worked as a radio announcer and teamed up with the 1950s popular comedy duo the Bob & Ray Show. Perry went on to work as a literary agent, while Pema was a commercial illustrator rep during the 70's and much of the 80's in Manhattan. In the 1970s Brian attended various private schools in Manhattan, Trinity School (New York City), Saint David's School (New York City) and went on to attend Mannes College The New School for Music for summer classes. In the mid 1980s he attended State University of New York at New Paltz, then studying audio engineering at the Center for The Media Arts (now defunct). After college he worked for various recording studios, Electric Lady Studios and Far & Away Studios, where he met his longtime friend and partner Geoff Gray. He started his professional music career at the well known jingle house Look & Company working as an assistant engineer and sales rep.
Tarquin met up with Rob Aster from the music library James and Aster on 14th Street and after submitting music to the company they it in the CBS broadcast of the 1992 and 1994 Olympics. Unsatisfied with the music scene in NYC, he moved to Los Angeles in the early nineties and worked as an assistant engineer for Powerhouse Studios in the San Fernando Valley. He also moon lighted at Restless Records in Hollywood working college radio for bands like The Hang Ups and Slim Dunlap. He went on to work for the Virgin Records in Beverly Hills, CA in the business affairs and finance departments. During this same period Tarquin was also composing music for various libraries as Marc Ferrari MasterSource, FirstCom, Jim Long's One Music, Sonoton and Killer Tracks.
Smooth jazz career
In 1995 he was signed as a guitar instrumental artist to Jazz Inspiration/MCA Records in Canada and released his first commercial album Ghost Dance. But unhappy with sales results he went over to Instinct Records in New York. In 1997, the release of This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2 on Instinct Records, which made the Billboard Top 20 Chart. In the same year the label sent to London to record his second solo record, Last Kiss Goodbye, to work with Acid Jazz producer Ernie McKone at Boogie Back Studios. The album produced two top ten AccuRadio HitDisc NAC radio hits for Tarquin, "One Arabian Knight" and the remake of the Jeff Beck classic "Freeway Jam". In early 1999 Instinct sent him back to London to repeat the magic with McKone again on his third release Soft Touch. This produced the remake of The O'Jays classic Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love) which Top the charts at 9 and the original composition "Tangled Web" which was charted #1 at CD101.9 New York City. The album also dove into vocal territory with the tracks "Rainfall" and "Read My Mind" as well as another Jeff Beck remake, "You Know What I Mean". In 2001 he recorded his final Instinct Jazz release "High Life", which keyboardist Chris Ingram produced in New York and L.A. This produced the classic remake of The Doors "Riders On The Storm" and the original cut "Charlemagne". During his Instinct years he appeared on 12 compilations for the label as well, selling over 140,000 records in his career, including releases on his own imprint BHP Music, Ltd. Following are some media quotes. Jazziz– “Cosmopolitan flair is reminiscent of guitarist Lee Ritenour, with a tincture of Steely Dan.” Jazz Times – “Tarquin’s delivery, though detailed, remains melodic and never ventures into the abstract. Although his acid jazz is a gentler breed of fusion, Tarquin plays with a fleet-fingered, smooth style, which floats across freewheeling pieces…"
In 1997, he switched gears, took a break from smooth jazz, and with Chris Ingram, formed the rock/electronica band Asphalt Jungle, In fact MTV Road Rules took one of the tracks "Witchcraft" and made it the theme song for the show. The following season Bunim/Murray Productions had the band compose the theme for the new season, that took place on a cruise ship. Many of the demos were used in the show as well, "The Chase", "Private Offender" and "Shaman". They also composed tracks for the original Making The Band that aired on ABC-TV Prime Time. Tracks produced for these shows made up the band's debut album in 2001 Electro Ave which received critical acclaim for mixing guitars and break beats, released on the underground label ROIR. The second release, Enjoy This Trip, successfully charted top 30 on the CMJ charts and was released by Cleopatra Records. The album also includes the chill-out track "Tekken", which debuted in 1999 as MTV's Road Rules, "Bronx Beat" and a vinyl release of Bob Marley Remixed, "Don't Rock My Boat". After Tarquin opened his boutique imprint, BHP Music, Ltd. in 2006, Asphalt Jungle released its 3rd installment entitled Junglization. It charted #19 on the CMJ Charts, which delved into the world of Drum and Bass, with tracks like "Athena", Ripper and another Bob Marley Remix, "Mr Brown". It was no surprise that in 2007 Asphalt Jungle released an entire CD of Bob Marley remixes aptly entitled, "Bob Marley Remixed", with such classics as "African Herbman", "Fussing & Fighting", "Duppy Conqueror" and "Keep On Moving". Media quotes, Vintage Guitar (magazine) “Tarquin’s swoops, dive-bombs, and plain-old riffing are a treat for any rock and soul guitar lover…magnificent rock guitar. 20th Century Guitar “…masterpiece of funk and groove electronica bustling with ultra intense guitar works.”
In 2006, after securing national digital and physical distribution form Redeye, Tarquin opened his own boutique record label called BHP MUSIC, specializing in instrumental guitar music. However three of his first releases where electronic based, DJ Soul Slinger Classics, Vol 1, Asphalt Jungle, "Junglization" and "Bob Marley Remixed". In 2007, BHP Music released the first of the Guitar Master Series, Guitar Masters, Vol.1, produced and compiled by Tarquin and featuring guitar legends Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Stanley Clarke, Billy Sheehan and many others. The compilation received rave reviews from the editors-in-chief of Guitar Player Magazine and Vintage Guitar (magazine), who both contributed the liner notes for the compilation.
Next in the series was Guitar Masters Vol 2, featuring Jimmy Page, BB King, Steve Morse, and Carlos Santana. The label also went on to release a series of tributes, Led Zeppelin Salute "Get The Led Out" and "Get Some More Led Out", which featured rarity tracks from Jimmy Page with Screaming Lord Sutch, Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute "Lenny" featuring Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton Salute "I Feel Free", featuring BB King and Pat Travers, Jimi Hendrix Tribute "Third Stone From The Sun", Jeff Beck Salute "El Becko", ZZ Top Tribute "Just Got Paid". In 2008 Tarquin produced and wrote Fretworx featuring new recordings by the greatest guitarists, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Frank Gambale, Andy Timmons, Will Ray and Max Middleton. Exclusively released tracks inspired by those who lost their lives on 9-11, in which a portion of the profits will benefit the Friends Of Firefighters 9-11 Foundation. It also contains rarity tracks from Steve Vai, Carlos Santana and Tommy Bolin. Track list and the liner notes are written by Hal Lindes of Dire Straits.
In 2010 after the recent death of Les Paul, Tarquin went on to produce and compose as well as play guitar on Guitar Masters Vol 3 & 4: Dedication to Les Paul. Again the release saw guitar great rarities, Les Paul & his band in the 1940s, Jeff Beck with Screaming Lord Sutch, Chris Poland from Megadeth, Steve Vai, Gary Hoey, Allan Holdsworth, Leslie West, and Hal Lindes. The label also released a Brian Tarquin Collection I & II that featured rare tracks from his Acid Jazz days and remixes of his NAC radio hits, plus a releases of Tarquin's live shows, Chillin Grooves and soundtracks. From 2008-2010 Tarquin produced the Randy Coven release "Nu School" with the guest appearance by Leslie West. The release showed the broad range of music that Coven could cover with tunes like, "Nu School", the Jeff Beck cover "Play With Me", and the Cream (band) cover "White Room".
TV Film Trax
In 2012 Tarquin launched a new music production library called TV Film Trax, which is an online based library using an advance search engine that can help music supervisors, editors, producers and the like to find the exact style of music they need for their productions. It featured tracks from Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Leslie West, Frank Gambale, Gary Hoey, Hal Lindes and Chris Poland and famous heavy metal bands like Hollywood Roses, Icarus Witch, and The Electric Hellfire Club. The catalog also contains Classic Rock covers of bands like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top. Then in 2012 MusicBox (a division of ole), did a multi-year, worldwide sub-publishing deal with US based, TV Film Trax, LLC, to represent its entire music production library. The deal brings representation of over 2,300 tracks of high quality music covering musical styles such as vocals, hard rock, metal, pop rock and electronic/rock hybrid music.
In 2007 Tarquin started his own column (Guitar Studio) in Premier Guitar Magazine, where he is able to share his studio recording techniques with the readers and interview many established guitarists. He went on to write columns for EQ and Recording magazines. In February 2012, he released his first book, “Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters” Cengage Learning featuring, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Steve Morse, Leslie West, Robin Trower, Tommy Emmanuel, over 30 outstanding players in all. In 2014 Tarquin won the USA Best Book Award in Performing Arts: Music for Guitar Encyclopedia (Allworth Press) and the USA Best Book Finalist Award in Business: Reference for Insiders Guide To Music Licensing (Allworth Press). He has also authored such books as, Stomp On This: The Guitar Pedal Effects Guidebook (Cengage Publishing), Insiders Guide to Home Recording (Allworth Press) and Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia (Allworth Press).
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