Faculty

Brian Malouf

Lecturer

  • Program:
    Music Technology
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music


Biography

Brian Malouf is a multi-platinum producer, engineer, and mixer known for his work with highly successful artists including Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Seal, Pink, Andy Grammer, and Steven Moses. His credits, which include 53 gold and platinum albums, feature the releases Bad (Jackson), Stay (Lisa Loeb), More Than Words (Extreme), My Own Worst Enemy (Lit) and Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Wang Chung).

Malouf grew up in Los Angeles, where he played drums, trombone, upright bass, and wrote for his high school’s big band. During college, he was the principal percussionist in the orchestra at Cal State Northridge. After completing his degree, he played drums in the noted LA rock band Giant City. Around this same time, Malouf began his transition to audio engineering by mixing live sound for bands at night while apprenticing with acclaimed producer Dave Jerden during the day. Later in 1981, he became the chief engineer at Can-Am Recorders where he first met and worked with Michael Jackson.

Malouf also worked as a record executive at several major labels. At RCA/NY he was the Senior Vice President of A&R and a staff producer. While there he produced and mixed several hit records with Everclear, The Verve Pipe, Eve 6 and The Calling. Brian also served as VP/Head of A&R at Walt Disney Records where he produced projects with Brian Wilson, Dave Brubeck and Esperanza Spaulding. His responsibilities at Disney included overseeing the the entire label roster, as well as, executive producing and mixing releases for Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, the Jonas Brothers, and Billy Ray Cyrus.

More recently, Malouf founded Cookie Jar Recording Studio where he produces and mixes for indie and established artists. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, he was an instructor in the UCLA extension program where he taught A&R: Making Music from Acquisition to Release. His publications include the Linkedin/Lynda.com video courses A Mix Engineer’s Glossary of Techniques (2016), Mix Techniques for Pop I (2017) and Mixing Techniques for Pop II (2017).