Brian Kehew


Brian Kehew

Brian Kehew is a Los Angeles-based musician and music producer. He is co-author of the Recording The Beatles book, an in-depth look at the Beatles' studio approach.

Live Performances and Recordings

Kehew performed on keyboards with The Who on portions of their 2006-07 touring schedule. He has worked as an instrument technician (primarily keyboards) for The Who's live performances beginning in 2002, and filled in on keyboards during absences of John Bundrick from the tour. Earlier live performances include appearances with the French electronic-based band Air, Hole, and Dave Davies.

Kehew is also known for his band Moog Cookbook (partnered with former Jellyfish keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr.), which released two eclectic albums, "Moog Cookbook" and "Ye Olde Space Bande". Moog Cookbook recreated well-known songs using vintage keyboard synthesizers. In 2006, Moog Cookbook independently released a collection of previously unreleased material under the title, "Bartell."

Production, Engineering, and Mixing

Kehew co-produced Fiona Apple's album Extraordinary Machine. He also worked in studio with artists such as Eels, Eleni Mandell, Aimee Mann, Matthew Sweet, Michael Penn, Prick, Beck, and Jon Brion. Mixing work includes Aretha Franklin, Talking Heads, Little Feat, Fleetwood Mac, Ramones, Pretenders, Morrissey, Alice Cooper, The Faces, The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Stooges, MC5, Yes, Elvis Costello, Judee Sill, Crazy Horse, Tiny Tim, Gene Clark, and Stone Temple Pilots.

Writing, Consulting, and Collecting

With co-author Kevin Ryan, Kehew spent 15 years researching and writing "Recording The Beatles: The Studio Equipment and Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums". Published in 2006, the book is a detailed documentation of the personnel, equipment, and processes involved in the Beatles studio work. The book has received strong praise from Beatle historian Mark Lewisohn and many of the engineers who worked on Beatle sessions, including Norman Smith, Ken Townsend, Alan Parsons, Ken Scott, John Kurlander, Martin Benge, and Richard Lush. Kehew has also written articles for "Tape Op", "Keyboard Magazine", and "Beatlefan" magazines.

Kehew does consulting and programming work for music equipment manufacturers, including contributions to the Moog Minimoog Voyager, and Little Phatty synthesizers, moogerfooger pedals and Alesis Andromeda, Ion and Fusion synthesizers.

Kehew's famously exotic collection of synthesizers and electronic musical instruments includes many rare and unusual vintage machines, including two Mellotrons, two rare Chamberlins, a 360 Systems Keyboard, and an ADS-200 synthesizer built by Con Brio, Inc. which was originally purchased by film composer David Campbell in 1981 for roughly $30,000.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1987.

External links

* [http://www.recordingthebeatles.com/ Recording the Beatles]
* [http://hometown.aol.com/mellot/mcb2.html Moog Cookbook]


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