Brian Hudson

Memory Dean

Brian Hudson

About

Paiste Artist Since
April 2017

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliations
Memory Dean
Next Level
Lakeside Sound Studios

Website
www.brian-hudson.com

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„The diverse color of sounds that Paiste Cymbals offers inspire and push me to new creative levels each time I sit behind the kit.“

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Biography

Drummer, recording artist and studio musician Brian Hudson has built a reputation as a reliable, creative and musical chameleon behind the drums. He has been a first call studio and touring drummer for a wide variety of artists, producers and songwriters for the past 20 years. Brian began his musical journey in the Tampa, Florida area where he took private lessons, played in bands and attended the University of South Florida School of Music. He later moved to Athens, Georgia where he attended The University of Georgia and became immersed in the diverse music scene that Athens had to offer. After graduating college, Brian moved to Atlanta, Georgia and, in 2001, began touring with Capricorn Recording Artist MEMORY DEAN who gained national success with the release of 6 studio albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Brian toured with Memory Dean from 2001-2017. In addition to Memory Dean, Brian has performed and/or recorded with a variety of other artists and producers from around the world including, but not limited to, Grammy Award winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys/Anderson East), high energy original soul/funk band SOULHOUND, power pop/Americana singer Steve Baskin, bassist extraordinaire Adam Nitti (Kenny Loggins), jazz/fusion keyboardist/pianist Randy Hoexter, pop/rock artist The Perfect Fool from Spain, pop/rock duo from England O’Connell & Love, Australian Singer/Songwriter Tom Francis, smooth jazz artist MADOCA, Contemporary Christian worship collective Johnson Ferry Worship and many others. In August 2017, Brian released his debut jazz/fusion album, NEXT LEVEL, worldwide. The album contains 8 original songs composed by Brian and composer/producer Randy Hoexter. Dodie Miller-Gould with LemonWire gave the album a sterling review and said, “The release is a must-listen for new and veteran jazz fans.” Contemporary Fusion Reviews calls Next Level, “A SUPERB jazz venture that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” The songs blend jazz, jazz/fusion, funk, and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning and feature some of the most talented musicians in the southeast. Since its release, NEXT LEVEL has gained attention from radio stations and listeners from all around the world. The album peaked at #3 on the Roots Music Report Jazz Chart, #7 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart, spent 9 weeks on Jazz Week’s Top 100 Chart, was on Jazz Week’s Biggest Gainer Chart and the track, “Seventy-Eight,” was featured on the music sampler for Issue 63 of Drumhead Magazine. Currently Brian keeps a busy schedule that includes leading his jazz/fusion band Next Level, creating new music, providing remote drum tracks for various artists and producers from his studio, Lakeside Sound Studios and performing live with a variety of acts. Brian is a voting member of The Grammys (The Recording Academy), serves on the Advisory Board for Georgia Music Partners and is a leading advocate for the music industry in Georgia.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Rich, warm, lush, deep. Wide range, complex mix. Giving and responsive feel. Broad, warm open sound. Compact, lush chick sound. Extremely versatile hi-hat, perfectly suited for dynamic, articulated playing in a wide range of styles. “They are just chunky enough, but not overpowering. They are a little more chocolaty than the classic 602s”, describes Vinnie Colaiuta.

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    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Full, rich, energetic with a definite dark side. Crunchy, with a meaty bite. Very wide range, very complex mix. Extremely balanced, very responsive feel. Full dark, rich, shimmering, biting open/closed sound. Beautiful, fat, meaty, crisp, cutting chick sound. Fast, responsive, articulate with excellent feel and playability. An immensely versatile hi-hat that combines finesse and articulation with raw energy and cutting power.

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    Sizes: 20", 22"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky, breathy. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a quick response. Very well crashable. Controllable, peppery stick sound over a dark layered oriental, smoky wash. A ride cymbal that can easily be used in a small jazz club setting and flourish in other styles such as blues or country music.

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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Full, wet with a brittle, trashy side. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft and very responsive, giving feel with a short, exploding sparkly splash character. Very well suited for dynamic effect accents in many musical styles. Also, well suited for hand playing in percussive set-ups.

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    Sizes: 8", 10"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Warm, airy, snarling, silvery. Fairly wide range, complex mix. Soft feel with a very responsive, explosive splash sound. Low tuned effect cymbal for lively accents in moderate volume. Well suited for hand-playing. Vinnie Colaiuta explains: “They are sweet, they are these kind of punctuation marks in the background.”

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    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark, warm, smoky. Medium wide range, complex mix. Buttery, soft feel with quick response. Rich, dark, mystical crash sound with tender clarity. Extremely lively cymbal for broad accents and crashes in intimate to semi-loud settings. Well suited for delicate ride patterns or mallet swells. «For those guys who really appreciate just having a cymbal that can do everything, the larger Dark Crashes can do anything. Very crash-able, and if you want to ride on them, they will give you all the ride patterns in the world.» - Gregory Hutchinson

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

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