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Brian Tarquin
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    Roundwound Nickel Plated Steel / Five sets from 009-072 to 011-085

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  • Brian Tarquin

    Instrument
    Electric Guitar
    Genre
    Various
    Strings
    Electric Boomers, GBL, GBL-8, GB12-L

    Multi Emmy Award winning composer/guitarist Brian Tarquin has established himself as a top rate TV composer/recording artist and owner of Jungle Room Studios. In 2002, 2003 and 2005 he won an Emmy for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin first graced the Top 20 Billboard Charts back in 1997 with the commercial release; This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2 on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Contemporary Jazz Radio in the late 90’s. From 1996 to 2001, Brian recorded four solo albums, Ghost Dance, Last Kiss Goodbye, Soft Touch and High Life and has appeared in over 32 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career. 

    In 2014, Tarquin produced, engineered and composed Guitars For Wounded Warriors, which showcases Tarquin’s guitar prowess along side such world-class shredders as, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Gun n Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb. The album features exclusively released tracks inspired by those military soldiers who fought for our country. Tarquin also produced and engineered bassist Randy Coven’s last record, Nu Groove featuring Leslie West in 2010.

    Some of his accomplishments include, custom-composing music for MTV, Extra, TMZ, CSI, ABC's All My Children, Alias and the Keanu Reeves film, The Watcher (see list of credits attached). For many years, he has engineered/produced/composed for such music production companies as First Com, Sonoton, Megatrax, One Music and Zomba Music. In fact, Brian composed and produced the successful Megatrax series, Megabeats. In 1998, he formed the rock/electronica band, Asphalt Jungle, which composed the MTV Road Rules theme, "Witchcraft” and “Tekken”.

    In 2006, Tarquin opened his own boutique record label called BHP MUSIC, Ltd., specializing in instrumental guitar music. The label released the Guitar Master Series featuring guitar legends: Jeff Beck, BB King, Santana, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Stanley Clarke, Billy

    Sheehan and many others. The releases, which were composed, compiled and produced by Tarquin, received rave reviews from Guitar Player, Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazines. BHP Music also released, Bob Marley Remixed, which explored Marley territory with electronic grooves intertwined with original Marley vocals that garnered praised by the editor-in-chief of Mix Magazine. 

    In 2013 MusicBox (a division of Ole Music Publishing), did a multi-year, worldwide sub-publishing deal with Tarquin’s music production library, TV Film Trax, LLC to represent its entire catalog, over 150 CDs to date. The library is very unique in the sense that it contains tracks from iconic guitarists like Billy Sheehan, Steve Morse, Leslie West, Frank Gambale, Gary Hoey, Hal Lindes and Chris Poland and famous heavy metal bands like Hollywood Roses, Icarus Witch, and The Electric Hellfire Club. The catalog also contains Classic Rock covers of bands like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top. 

    Tarquin is also an award winning author of the 2014 USA Best Book Winner Award in Performing Arts: Music for Guitar Encyclopedia (Allworth Press) and the 2014 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Business: Reference for Insiders Guide To Music Licensing (Allworth Press). He has also written Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters (Cengage Publishing) featuring interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Steve Morse and Jeff Beck—a total of 30 outstanding players in all. Other books include, Stomp On This: The Guitar Pedal Effects Guidebook (Cengage Publishing), Insiders Guide to Home Recording (Allworth Press) and Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia (Allworth Press). Tarquin currently writes for Music Connection in L.A. and has been a featured music writer for such national magazines as EQ, Mix, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar & Recording Magazines. 

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