State of Change
Eclectic. Unique. Different. This is how Brian Buel's music is being described by the music press and others. Off Kilter magazine calls it 'the perfect blend of pop, jazz, and rock teeming with intelligent and perceptive lyrics.' While it's difficult to pigeon-hole the music as one style versus another, Buel freely admits his influences range from straight-ahead pop to the avant-garde. 'Pretty much Beatles to Zappa, and Steely Dan to Tom Waits,' he pauses a moment to think, 'then there's the greats like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Pat Metheny - they all had some degree of impact on my musical thinking.' Born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Chicago, Brian taught himself guitar at age 12. Staying up all night and repeatedly listening to guitar riffs, he would either figure out how to play them or wear the grooves out of the record - sometimes both. 'At an early age, I was writing stories, novels and scripts, so music was pretty much the next logical step in my creative development.' Throughout the next seven years, he performed mostly original songs playing local gigs that either didn't require ID's or didn't check for them. In 1979, Brian moved to the west coast and quickly assimilated into the burgeoning music scene of the greater San Francisco area. 'I got a job as a recording engineer in a local studio, mainly to keep myself in guitar strings, but it also afforded me the opportunity to hone my technical skills.' He was able to put those skills to work when, in 1986, he moved to Los Angeles and transitioned into television and film postproduction. By 1993, he was a network television associate producer. Restless, he began looking for something new and founded Baby Mogul Interactive, recognizing the emerging industry of multimedia. 'I was a little ahead of the curve on that one,' he reflects, 'most people didn't understand what I was talking about.' Nevertheless, he was soon providing internet sites, theater-scale multimedia presentations and CD ROMs. His clients ranged from a professional football team to ad agencies and entertainment companies. Before long, he once again found himself ready for another change. 'Basically, I'd been doing music on the side all of this time, either in the studio or playing at various gigs in L.A., and decided it was time to concentrate on my art.' Thus, he's now come full circle with his first solo release, 'State of Change.' Brian's 'Get off the Grid' tour launches in March, 2001 in Austin, TX to promote both the new album and renewable energy alternatives such as solar and biofuels. 'My hope is to bring people together to enjoy my music, and share with them vital concepts for a better future.'