With a live gig and recording studio calendar of over 300 dates per year, Brian Stephens is one of the Southeast’s busiest freelance drummers. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, he has built a reputation for being a sonic chameleon with a rock solid pocket with the ability to morph his sound to fit the demands of any gig. But, there are many other hats that Brian wears including recording studio owner, producer, engineer, journalist, and music educator. All of these combine to make for one incredibly diverse music professional.
For the past eleven years, Brian has operated his own recording studio and production company, BonzoTunes Studio (formerly Sound Decision Studios), located in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. At BonzoTunes, Brian has produced, engineered, and/or mixed recording projects for independent artists like Ocean Street, singer/songwriter Lance Price, and Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski and as well as corporate clients like Warner Bros. Records, 20th Century Fox, Verizon Wireless and Merial.
Some of the music he has produced has been licensed for use on television networks like ABC, MTV, Oxygen, and The Soap Network. Brian has also been featured on television and in publications such as Modern Drummer, DRUM! magazine, The Meridian Star, and WTOK-TV’s “Live At Five” TV program.
Brian has toured the country playing drums and working with artists like:
– Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame members The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, and Shirley Alston Reeves (The Shirelles)
– The Crystals : Billboard #1 Song – “There’s No Other (Like My Baby) and several Billboard Top Ten hits
– Frankie Ford : Billboard #1 Song – “Sea Cruise”
– Jimmy Hall : Grammy nominated singer (Jeff Beck’s 1985 album “Flash”) and lead singer for the band Wet Willie
– Davis Daniel : Singer/songwriter whose Billboard Top 10 hits include “Picture Me”, “For Crying Out Loud”, “Fighting Fire with Fire”
– Stan Whitmire : Pianist (The Gaithers) and Dove Award winning recording artist
– Rev. Jeff Mosier: Banjo Specialist, Band Leader (Blueground Undergrass, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, Phish)
As a music educator and journalist, Brian has written articles for magazines like Modern Drummer and Performer magazine. From 2001 – 2005 , Brian wrote a monthly recording column for Performer magazine called, “In The Mix”. In 2000, Brian released his first drum instructional audio book entitled “Stickin’ It Out – The Anatomy of a Professional Drummer”. For two years, he was a full time member of the teaching faculty at the Atlanta Institute of Music and is currently a member of the “Visiting Facultly” line-up. Brian has performed drum clinics across the Southeast alongside other noted players such as Gerry Brown and Richie Morales. He also continues to instruct drummers & audio engineers privately at his teaching studio in Sugar Hill, Georgia.