Brian Vibberts

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Brian Vibberts is surrounded by his 7 Grammy Awards in 2023
Brian Vibberts with 7 Grammy Awards
Brian Vibberts
GenresPop music, Rock music, Country music, Jazz, Film score, Orchestral, Stage (theatre) & Film, Musical theatre
OccupationsAudio Engineer, Audio mixing (recorded music), Broadcasting Mixer, Record producer
Years active1991–present

Brian Vibberts is an American audio engineer, a native of Portland, Connecticut,[1] who has been active since 1991. He is a 7-time Grammy Award winner (6x Grammy, 1 Latin Grammy)[2] and has participated in the making of numerous albums that have resulted in Grammy Award nominations and winners.[3] Also known by the nickname, "Dr Vibb," he has creatively recorded or mixed many multi-platinum artists in many genres, including Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, The Pussycat Dolls, Bon Jovi, Natasha Bedingfield, Green Day, Trace Adkins, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Ice Cube, Boyz II Men, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Brad Paisley, Ringo Starr, Mariah Carey and Tony Bennett.[4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

Vibberts started playing the drums at 8 years old, progressing to playing in a band as a teenager. While recording, he was more interested as to what was going on in the control room, and thereafter changed career direction.[1][8]


After graduating from Portland High School (Connecticut) in 1986,[9] Vibberts spent a year in college studying astronomy before transferring to the music production and engineering program at Berklee College of Music in Boston.[1] Upon graduation in 1991, he moved to New York City and began his career at Right Track Recording. It was there he started working with artists such as Mariah Carey, Living Colour, and the Brecker Brothers.[10]

In 1993, he had an opportunity to work at the Hit Factory, to enhance his recording and mixing skills.[11]

From 1993 to 1995, he worked with artists such as Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Meat Loaf, David Lee Roth and Dave Matthews Band. He also spent an entire year with Michael Jackson working on the album HIStory, which brought his career and their friendship to new heights.[12][13] Opportunities expanded his expertise from album work to the ability of recording and mixing full orchestras. He raised the bar in the audio engineering field by working with Shawn Murphy, Dan Wallin, John McClure, and Michael Farrow on film scores, Broadway cast albums and Disney Feature Animated films.[14]

Vibberts continued fine-tuning his artistic craft of recording and mixing by co-working with the experienced engineers and producers that he admired. These world-renowned experts like George Martin, Bruce Swedien, David Foster, Walter Afanasieff, Nile Rodgers, Al Schmitt, Tom Lord-Alge, Arif Mardin, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Tommy LiPuma and Trevor Rabin helped him accomplish high quality studio work. Because of the excellent work he achieved at the Hit Factory, he kept gaining the artists' and producers' respect, which led to more engineering jobs for Kathleen Battle, Heavy D, and additional recording sessions for Michael Jackson. During the three years of working at the Hit Factory, he did sessions with record executives Tommy Mottola, Clive Davis, Don Ienner, Ahmet Ertegun, and Dave Glew.[15]

From 1995 to 2000, Vibberts was hired as a staff engineer at Sony Music Studios and continued his high standards of engineering when working on sessions with artists such as Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Sting, Garth Brooks, Lauryn Hill, Jewel, Bruce Springsteen, and producers such as Phil Ramone, Jack Douglas, and Daniel Lanois. One of the highlights of his career was mixing half of the Herbie Hancock album Gershwin's World, recommended by Bruce Swedien. The album won four out of the five Grammy Awards it was nominated for, including Jazz Album of the Year.[16]

From 2000, Vibberts relocated to Los Angeles, where he was hired by Ocean Way Recording, and periodically worked with established producer and mixer Jack Joseph Puig until 2005. The move opened opportunities to work with Mick Jagger, Fiona Apple, Paul McCartney, Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Joss Stone, Counting Crows, Eartha Kitt and Bon Jovi.[17]

In 2002, he worked on the 2002 MTV Icon Award for Aerosmith, with Pink, Shakira, Train, and Janet Jackson. Another project was working on the 2003 MTV Icon Award show for Metallica, with Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Staind. Vibberts partnered with Effanel Music on these live shows:[18]

Vibberts was a broadcast mixer for the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Los Angeles, NewNowNext Awards 2013, Tegan and Sara, Kesha, and VH1's Do Something Awards 2013, mixing Sara Bareilles. He also recorded the Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Legends of the Summer Tour at the Rose Bowl Stadium where he partnered with Music Mix Mobile (which is a remote recording truck) for this recording.

From 2009 to the present day, Vibberts has been co-founder, producer and engineer at Spotlight 87 Entertainment.[19]

Technical discography credits[edit]

Selected credits;

Extended discography;[23][24]


IMDb; [26]

Grammy Awards[edit]

[27] [28]

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Over the years Vibberts has amassed a collection of over 9,000 CDs from all genres.[6][30] In addition to music, Vibberts takes a great interest in astronomy and physics, having graduated in the subjects at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.[31]


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  2. ^ Pablo. "HOME". Vibberts Mixing. Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  3. ^ "LEWITT // 250 Nominations, 65 Wins". Retrieved 2016-01-14.
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  5. ^ "Past Winners Search". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  6. ^ a b "Brian Vibberts - Mixer, Producer, Drummer". 12 March 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  7. ^ Shields, D. (2015). Xscape Origins: The Songs and Stories Michael Jackson Left Behind. Modegy LLC. ISBN 9780986199110. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  8. ^ "Brian Vibberts: Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  9. ^ Joshua Anusewicz (13 February 2012). "Portland Native Making Sweet Music" (PDF). Rivereast News Bulletin. 36 (44). Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  10. ^ "LEWITT // 250 Nominations, 65 Wins". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  11. ^ "The Hit Factory Employees - Professional Experience,Email,Phone numbers..Everything!". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  12. ^ "In The Studio With MJ". Michael Jackson World Network. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  13. ^ "HIStory 20: Michael Jackson's secret meeting with Prince, and other memories from the King of Pop's recording engineers". 20 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  14. ^ "Alan Menken, David Zippel - Nestlé Celebrates The Release Of Disney's 35th Animated Feature Film Hercules (An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack) (CD, Album)". discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  15. ^ "Random Thoughts Part 14". Michael and the Truth. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  16. ^ "Gershwin's World - Herbie Hancock | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  17. ^ "Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day (CD, Album)". discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  18. ^ "Hollywood International Entertainment". Archived from the original on 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  19. ^ "SPOTLIGHT 87 ENTERTAINMENT GROUP". Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  20. ^ "Corea*, Clarke* & White* - Forever (CD, Album)". discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  21. ^ "Chick Corea & Bela Fleck: Two". 22 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  22. ^ "Winter Symphony, by Jennifer Thomas". Jennifer Thomas. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  23. ^ "Brian Vibberts". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  24. ^ "Brian Vibberts | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  25. ^ "Kama-Sutra - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  26. ^ "Brian Vibberts". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  27. ^ "Home". AllMusic. 12 May 2022. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  28. ^ Lupton, Liz (2014-12-14). "Berklee Alumni Could Win 40 Grammy Awards". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  29. ^ "Latin Grammy Winners". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  30. ^ "Brian Vibberts Antelope on Periscope (showing video collection and discusses working with Michael Jackson and Chick Corea)".[permanent dead link]
  31. ^ "Brian Vibberts". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2015-10-23.