Hello! I'm Brian Starley.
I am a freelance audio engineer, operating mostly out of my home studio in North Hollywood, California.
After moving to LA in 2005 I landed my first job as a runner at the world famous Conway Recording Studios. In 2006, I left to cut my teeth (behind the scenes) managing a cartage and rental company for LA’s elite session musicians and producers.
I spent the next 7 years in and out of every major studio in LA doing setups for Robben Ford, Ross Hogarth, Tim Pierce, Lyle Workman, Larry Klein, Mike Elizondo, Abe Laboriel Sr, Greg Leisz, Ringo Starr, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Billy Bush, The Conan O’Brien Show and many more. This period allowed me to be a fly on the wall during hundreds of sessions and really helped me hone my own recording chops while I freelanced on the weekends. In 2013 I decided to make Bergatron Music my full-time job and haven’t looked back!
When I'm not in the studio, you can usually find me with my car packed full of equipment, recording performances wherever creativity cultivates. My entire studio is modularly designed with mobility in mind. Sometimes the studio isn’t the place you feel most creative, and I respect that.
Using the best of both analog and digital technology, I try and accommodate whatever is right for the project and budget. To me, the song and performance comes first, not what gear you use. Gear doesn't make music, musicians do. The price of a microphone or preamp is irrelevant if you're not in a good headspace to create. I pride myself on being a great listener and facilitator of flow. I can wear many hats from project to project and I don’t take any of those responsibilities lightly, but the song always comes first.
I would love to collaborate with you on your next project. Please submit an inquiry via the contact form if you’d like to work together.