To almost everyone
Los Angeles is considered to be the entertainment capitol of
the world. Many artist of all kind have moved here to pursue
a career in the business. Particularly those who have grown
up here know that the magic of Hollywood is made behind the
curtain. This “Closer Look” is with two brothers that are
native Los Angelinos. They have held jobs at record
companies, recording studios and post-production facilities
making their combined knowledge and experience quite
extensive. They started Bahallum Bros. Production Company a
while ago taking on musical projects of all sizes. Both of
them are proficient in cranking out music of any kind and
have over 275 songs in their library. I sat down with the
two of them and discussed how music has affected lives.
What got you into music?
My mother (Anna Marie) and her piano. I grew up listening to
her playing Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Hadyn, Chopin and many
more, so my love for music started very early.
My mother and brother.
Listen to Anna Marie play a Hadyn piece on the
Who is the first artist that
I guess technically it would have to be the “classical
guys”. As far as contemporary music, there was no real
first. I love most of the pop/rock bands from the late 70s
and up. For individual artists I would have to say, Elton
John, Rick Wakeman and Billy Joel just off the top of my
Electronic alternative music was big at my high school and
local radio station. They played Depeche Mode, Yaz, Howard
Jones, The Cure and other similar alternative genre artists.
What was your first piece of
equipment you purchased?
It was a little Casio that had 3 octaves and very small
keys. However, my first serious purchase was a Roland
Jupiter 8 synthesizer that I still have today!
2 turntables and a mixer.
you remember the first song you wrote?
The first piano song was called “Anna’s Theme”. I believe I
wrote it at the age of 11 or 12. It has grown over the years
from two and half minutes to its last recorded version of
five and half minutes in length. It started out as a simply
piano piece, but has bloomed into an orchestrated opus. The
first song written and recorded with a computer was called
“First Computer Song”. It was just a pattern that repeated
for but took me ten minutes to write.
to “Anna’s Theme” (1993 version).
to “First Computer Song” (1989).
My first completely original composition was “Winter Jog”,
with support from my brother who wrote the chorus for me.
My songs are written by means of “creative flow”. Sometimes
a certain sound will inspire a song, or maybe a specific
chord structure in a particular phrasing like “Sunrise at
the Beach”. Sometimes a certain style of music will inspire.
I worked on a “Techno” project with a friend awhile back
ago. It was my first attempt in that genre, and I ended up
writing about 19 songs in a month’s time.
to “Sunrise at the Beach” (2012).
to a “Techno” sample (1995).
My songs are sometimes created from beats and sounds.
Musicianship comes much later after the feeling or mood is
My instrumental stuff I would describe as “image inducing”.
People would often say while listening to my music that they
can “picture” something in their mind. The music I’m
creating these days with my wife could be categorized as
soft rock/pop/blues/adult contemporary.
Most of the time. Any ideas other than my own are warmly
greeted in my mind. I always like to know an “alternate
path” to take musically. There are times though when working
alone is preferred.
to “If I Only Knew” with singer Mark Vinnet (1991).
Not really. I have a hard enough time collaborating with my
brother. It’s like telling a story a certain way. To me it
sounds better if I tell the story by myself rather than
someone else chiming in and ruining the flow.
How did Bahallum Bros. Production
It was actually formed before it had a name. Between the two
of us, we had acquired enough equipment to do home studio
recordings. This was 25 years ago when computers and home
studios were not really around yet. Yes, computers were
around but not with its capabilities that we have today.
Everything had to be interfaced, chained by MIDI
connections, programmed by hand-playing and synced with
SMTPE time code to an 8-track reel to reel. Having all that
early on, we just started helping people with their
projects, large or small.
The name came from our father with a classic
misinterpretation or terms.
What’s easier, being brothers or
working on music together?
We seem to grow together both mentally and musically. As in
life whether working on music, being brothers or just
dealing with life itself, there are hard times and easy
times for everything.
Being brothers is easier than working on music. For me
trying to get my musical ideas across is sometimes quite
current projects are you working on now?
I am currently working on completing
second CD. I expect to have it completed by the end of 2012.
My wife and I released our first CD, “Proper
Introductions” last year and can be purchased on
CD Baby, iTunes and
Amazon. I’m also involved in a 3-person cover band
MERIDIAN playing music from the 60s through the 90s.
We currently perform in the Santa Clarita area and will be
branching out to the San Fernando area as well.
My 3rd CD release entitled iBmode.
What projects would you like to work
on in the future?
I can see us doing soundtracks. I love movies almost as much
as music. It would be a bonus to work the two things
together. I will also be shooting the third video for White
Smoke next month.