My guest on the podcast this week is Brian Malouf who’s a multi-platinum American producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and other world-known artists. Also serving as an executive at several major record labels over the years, his work has amassed a total of 53 gold, platinum, and double platinum records to date.
Brian is a true veteran of the global music industry; he has enjoyed a 30+ year career on the production and executive side of the music business. In 1994-2005 he was Senior Vice President of A&R for RCA Records in New York, and later Vice President and Head of A&R at Walt Disney Records where he worked with artists such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and the Jonas Brothers.
Brian now owns Cookie Jar Recording in Sherman Oaks, California and works as an independent producer and mixer. He’s also the co-founder of Djooky, an emerging startup that hosts the Djooky Music Awards — a contest open to artists and songwriters that started last summer and runs four times a year.
During the interview we spoke about working for Michael Jackson, engineering for a recording legend, why drummers and bass players make the best engineers, transitioning into the world of A&R, and much more.
On the intro I’ll take a look at the music industry drowning in data, and the 10 most expensive albums ever made.