Bruce Kirby: The Man Behind the Sound
Bruce Kirby is the program chair for the Music Production & Engineering program at Broadview Entertainment Arts University.
Kirby completed his B.A. in Communications with emphasis in Sound Recording Technology at BYU. He was the teacher’s assistant for the recording department his final year of school, teaching the lab courses and managing the school studio. Before the diploma came, he was Chief Mastering Engineer at an audio duplication factory, had multiple songs on the radio, and was running another studio at night.
In 1996, Bruce took over the studio he’d been using in downtown Salt Lake. It was renamed Boho Digitalia, and was often the most popular studio among local rock bands, with more airplay than all other competitors combined. Nine years ago the location was changed to State Street near Broadview University. Last year, the business was rated the #1 Utah rock studio on Reverb Nation.
Bruce has worked with an average of four bands a month, producing roughly 10 songs a week for 18 years. A client list would be long, but highlights include projects for Victory Records, Rise Records, Warner Brothers, and Virgin Records. Bruce also works as a session drummer, with credits including Sony Playstation. He drums with Brazilian dance group Samba Fogo when he has time away from his many other responsibilities and hobbies.
Bruce has brought his talents to BEAU and our Music Production and Engineering and Music and Entertainment Business programs. BEAU will always look for program leaders who have experience in the field, and Bruce is no exception. The students in the Music Production and Engineering program had the opportunity to work on producing a song for a concert series over the holidays, called Christmas Jam. The song was used as a promo on the radio for the concerts and our students had the chance to participate in making it a success.